housing, land, property, rentier-capitalism


theguardian.com 10/2021 While the rich can profit, housing inequality isn’t going anywhere
As long as buy-to-let and second home purchases continue, property prices are unlikely to go down, writes Eileen Peck. Plus letters from Laura Rollin and Dave Verguson on school selection by housing wealth

I was surprised that in responding to Coco Khan’s questions about the housing market (Are UK house prices ever going to crash? We ask the expert, 22 October), Danny Dorling left an important part of the whole picture until the last sentence: “We are one of the most unequal countries in Europe.”

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ft.com 8/2021 Berlin’s referendum and the housing costs fury


whoownsengland.org/ Who owns England? This blog is an attempt to answer that question – one of the most closely-guarded secrets in the thousand-year-old history of this country.

Who owns our country matters. It matters because land is a scarce resource – as Mark Twain put it, ‘they aren’t making it any more’ – and because ownership of it often confers wealth, power and influence. It matters because who owns land gets to choose how it’s used; and that has big implications for almost everything. Where we build our homes, how we grow our food, how we protect ourselves from flooding, how much space we set aside for wildlife – all this is hugely affected by who owns land.

Our quest follows in the footsteps of much greater adventurers, such as Kevin Cahill’s Who Owns Britain? (2001), a colossal work that re-opened the question of land ownership in the UK. Where Cahill simply lists the owners of England, however, we hope to map them. Taking advantage of the great strides made in digital mapping over the past fifteen years, we want to build the most comprehensive public map of land ownership in England: a modern Domesday, ifgoodreads.com/en/book/show/43080056

goodreads.com reviews

theguardian.com 2019 Who Owns England? by Guy Shrubsole review – why this land isn’t your land
A compelling study uncovers the secrets of English land ownership and argues that reform is long overdue