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44 minutes ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Lee Rowley: The EEA/EF... · 1 reply · +1 points

There is no veto on trade, which is what you claimed. The negotiations on trade agreements are conducted by the Commission, and subject to QMV vote.

6 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Lee Rowley: The EEA/EF... · 5 replies · +1 points

Moreover, trade is an EU Commission competence - the UK doesn't even have an input to EU trade policy, which is decided by the Commission alone. That means it favours the Franco-German axis, at the expense of the UK.

20 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Neil O'Brien: New home... · 0 replies · +1 points

I have studied the tax as proposed by Georgeists in some depth. There is nowhere in the world where it has been successfully applied - even in situations of extreme land scarcity, such as Hong Kong and Singapore. The theory relies on accurate valuations and perfect markets. The real world is a bit different.

20 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Lee Rowley: The EEA/EF... · 7 replies · +1 points

We have a seat at the table at the WTO in Geneva. It will regain full potency once we leave the EU. The UK delegation there has been beefed up in advance. We have no vetoes in the EU left any more, except to leave it to its own devices. However, leaving the EU with no Article 50 agreement in place does not preclude securing an agreement. Quite the contrary: it remains an obligation that the EU must secure an Article 50 agreement. But it would be with the boot on the other foot.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - "Our friends and neigh... · 0 replies · +1 points

Not true. There was a far greater addition to the owner occupied housing stock from newbuilds.
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The Thatcher years were also marked by a steady fall in the average number of people per dwelling - house building ran ahead of population growth.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - "Our friends and neigh... · 0 replies · +1 points

Conversions are actually responsible for a significant element of increases in the housing stock. We have mostly abandoned slum clearance (unless you're the Beckham family rebuilding you mansion).

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Neil O'Brien: New home... · 0 replies · +1 points

I note this idea has been trailed by May in her speech. As with much of the rest of her speech, it remains bunkum.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Lee Rowley: The EEA/EF... · 10 replies · +1 points

The problem for those who promote the EEA as a solution is that it is extremely unlikely to be available, and even less likely to be more favourable than an Article 50 agreement. The reason is simple: to make the EEA Agreement effective after we leave the EU requires the unanimous agreement of all the counterparties, and the endorsement by ratification of all their parliaments. In contrast, agreement with the EU requires just a simple majority in Europarl, and a qualified majority in the EU Council, after which it becomes binding on all EU members and institutions.

Anyone promoting the EEA idea has to show that we could secure agreement of a superset of the parties we need to agree for article 50. If we can do that, we can make the same or a better agreement with the EU direct, because it has a lower standard for approval.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Neil O'Brien: New home... · 2 replies · +1 points

In theory there would be no uplift under a land value tax, because the land would be valued at its most economic use and taxed accordingly, even if it was being used for something else. Of course, this soon leads to logical inconsistencies, but those never seem to bother the Georgeists.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Neil O'Brien: New home... · 0 replies · +1 points

Good points, well made.