Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Killer Arguments Against LVT, Not (434)

From Farmers Guardian:

[National Farmers' Union] head of tax Michael Parker said: “We would not support the introduction of a land value tax which included agricultural land as it would simply increase the cost of UK food production with no benefit for shoppers. We would prefer to see the introduction of fiscal measures which encourage economic growth – ensuring farming businesses can be profitable, productive and progressive now and in the future.”

Jolly good, he would say that, wouldn't he. The first sentence is clearly bollocks and his second sentence is just waffle.

But out of interest, how does the NFU calculate its membership fees..?

If you are a farmer, crofter or grower involved in agricultural production then you can join NFU Scotland as a full member. Your subscription will be based on... the area and type of land you farm if you are a farmer...

So basically, a very low-level kind of LVT.

Admittedly that's from the NFU Scotland website, but I'm sure the English NFU does exactly the same.


ThomasBHall said...

Well spotted. These people really are morons. I sometimes wonder if they even believe their own bollocks

Lola said...

Cognitive dissonance in Spades. Doubled.

Mark Wadsworth said...

TBH, actually it was one my SLRG mates who mentioned it, and of course they don't believe it.

L, ta.

DBC Reed said...

Off subject alert:there is a big spread on the Housing Crisis in Times with a front page shock horror story about Theresa May blocking Sayid Javid and Philip Hammond moves to impose use it or lose it penalties on developers.Time for a major MW intervention. Or Brigadier MW.