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Who owns the country? The secretive companies hoarding England’s land

“Multi-million pound corporations with complex structures have purchased the very ground we walk on

– and we are only just beginning to discover the damage it is doing to Britain.” This article in the Guardian is an edited extract of Who Owns England?: How We Lost Our Green and Pleasant Land and How to Take It Back, by Guy Shrubsole, published on 2 May by HarperCollins. To order a copy, go to or call 0330 333 6846.

Taking back the land would require full-on LVT at a hefty rate, with the scrapping of most other taxes. It would be interesting to see what the author’s formula is. There is an informative website,