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eBook Who Owns Britain ePub

by Kevin M. Cahill

  • ISBN: 0862419123
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Kevin M. Cahill
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (August 1, 2000)
  • Pages: 450
  • ePub book: 1660 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1535 kb
  • Other: mbr lit lrf azw
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 100

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Kevin Cahill is a former army officer who has worked at both Westminster and European parliaments as an advisor and . For Britain, Cahill analyses this landownership, showing how a tiny minority exploits British society

He is the author of books on business, trade and politics and helped produce the Sunday Times Rich List, as well as being a widely published investigative journalist. For Britain, Cahill analyses this landownership, showing how a tiny minority exploits British society. 160,000 families, . % of the population, own 37 million acres, two thirds of Britain, 230 acres each. Just 1,252 of them own 57% of Scotland. They pay no land tax.

In his 2006 book, Who Owns the World: The Hidden Facts Behind Landownership, Kevin Cahill notes that Queen Elizabeth II is the legal owner of one sixth of the land on the Earth's surface, more than any other individual or nation. This amounts to a total of 6,600 million acres (. 1013 m2) in 32 countries. For those unfamiliar with royalty, the Crown is never separate from the individual who holds it but is as one with them. Her Majesty the Queen is the Crown while she is Queen, and she loses neither her personality nor her individuality while she is monarch.

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ISBN 10: 0862419123 ISBN 13: 9780862419127. Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd, 2000. A startling expose of Britain's most valuable asset - its land.

Title : Who Owns Britain and Ireland. Goods inserted into heavy duty cardboard envelopes which are recyclable. Country of Publication.

uk's Kevin Cahill Page and shop for all Kevin Cahill books. Check out pictures, bibliography, biography and community discussions about Kevin Cahill. uk's Kevin Cahill Page and shop for all Kevin Cahill books.

Who Owns the World is the first ever compilation of landowners and landownership structures in every single one of the world's 197 states and 66 territories

Who Owns the World is the first ever compilation of landowners and landownership structures in every single one of the world's 197 states and 66 territories. It covers the history of landownership as far as written history will allow and shows the division of landownership in every region of the globe.

Kevin Cahill’s book Who Owns the World provides an in depth and informative resource on the subject, no matter where you live on the planet. As with any large undertaking of this kind details will change over time and so the updates section will keep you informed of changes to what is given in the book.

Comments

Alien Alien
Who Owns Britain is important because it reveals two things:

1) Ireland, genocided by English landlords for centuries, culminating in the "Holocaust of Humanity" of 1845-1850 (misrepresented as "potato famine"), got rid of its foreign-imposed latifundists and its land is now the most owner-occupied and -farmed on earth.

2) The land of Britain remains the most oligarch-owned of all. The same titled families collect rent from those who produce.
watchman watchman
This is a remarkable and original survey of landownership in Britain and Ireland, detailed county by county.

For Britain, Cahill analyses this landownership, showing how a tiny minority exploits British society. 160,000 families, 0.3% of the population, own 37 million acres, two thirds of Britain, 230 acres each. Just 1,252 of them own 57% of Scotland. They pay no land tax. Instead every government gives them £2.3 billion a year and the EU gives them a further £2 billion. Each family gets £26,875.

By contrast, 57.5 million of us pay £10 billion a year in council tax, a land tax, £550 per household. We live in 24 million homes on about four million acres. 65% of homes are privately owned, so 16 million of us own just 2.8 million acres, an average 0.18 acres each.

The top landowners are the Forestry Commission, 2.6 million acres, the Ministry of Defence 750,000, the royal family 670,000 (including the Crown Estate 400,000 and the Duchy of Cornwall 141,000), the National Trust 550,000, insurance companies 500,000, the utility companies 500,000, the Duke of Buccleuch 270,700, the National Trust for Scotland 176,287, the Dukedom of Atholl 148,000, the Duke of Westminster 140,000 and the Church of England 135,000.

The Forestry Commission, Britain's biggest single landowner, runs its holdings conservatively and secretively. We could expand the forest estate by a million acres a year, producing rural jobs, getting profits from the sale of wood and pulp (cutting our balance of payments deficit) and reducing the output of greenhouse gases. This would cost between £588 million and £750 million.

Through the 18th century enclosures, the landowning class stole eight million acres from the people. They still hide their crimes and their takings. The 1872 Return of Owners of Land was made, but then hidden and never updated. Shares have to be registered; land doesn't. The Land Registry does not know who owns between 30 and 50% of land.

Cahill compares Britain with other countries where revolutions have ended the feudal tenure of land. Denmark redistributed its land to the peasantry in 1800. In Ireland, in 1876, 616 landowners owned 80% of the country. By 1930, 13 million acres of Ireland's 20 million acres had been sold to owner-occupiers. Now, there are no landlords - home ownership is 82%, Ireland's 149,500 farms are 97% owner-occupied and owner-farmed, there is no poll tax, water is free and pensioners get free transport, TV and glasses.

Cahill claims that Blair's reform of the House of Lords "definitively cut the permanent link between power and the landowners." But just as in 1872, the state is defending landed capital by making it less visible. Class power does not depend on sitting in the House of Lords, but on private ownership of the means of production, protected and subsidised by a capitalist state. The Greens, like the heritage lobby, shield the landowners against public ownership of the land.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says its mission is to shift EU subsidies from food production to land management, but the EU already does this, with its £2 billion annual subsidy to the landowners, not to working farmers. We need to produce our own food: food production is in our national strategic interest. It is a national security issue that must not be determined either by the EU or by the market.

Landowners' wealth is a parasite on Britain, the least productive part of the economy, with the most state support. Their wealth comes not from farming, nor even from renting, but from trickling land onto the urban housing market. They sell land to property developers, at an average price per acre of £404,000 in 1999. The clearing banks and building societies strip our industries of investment capital, then support their clients the landowners by running the rigged and overpriced land market.

Britain needs land reform. "Windfall gains on development land should be made subject to windfall taxes." We should also tax land and stop the owners avoiding tax through offshore trusts; this could raise £17 billion. The European Convention of Human Rights says there should be no confiscation without compensation. Haven't landowners had enough compensation already? We need more land for housing. This would cut land prices, free more to invest in good quality, spacious homes and gardens, and revive the building industry.
Malien Malien
Cahill has written a thorough and penetrating review of the scandalous lack of transparency on who owns land in Britain.His explanation of the historical reasons behind why it is that the largest (often aristocratic) landowners continue to hide the true size of their land banks is to be particularily commended.