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Who Owns Britain


Who Owns Britain
The Hidden Facts behind land ownership in the UK and Ireland
Cahill, Kevin
Published by Canongate Books, Edinburgh (2001)

Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Jacket design by James Hutcheson (illustrator). 1st Edition 450pp, illustrated.

A startling expose of Britain’s most valuable asset – its land. Kevin Cahill’s investigations reveal how the 6000 or so landowners -mostly aristocrats, but also large institutions and the Crown – own about 40 million acres, more than half the country, and have maintained their grip on the land right throughout the 20th century.

The book argues that our present system of land ownership is of material detriment to the vast majority of homeowners in the UK, imposing a land tax on homeowners while many of the wealthiest landowners in the country pay no rates and actually receive money in the form of grants and subsidies for owning land. Cahill’s arguments are supported with 80 pages of tables, maps and statistics.