Mirrlees – a redeeming feature

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I have found a redeeming feature in the Mirrlees recommendations.

They suggest the abolition of stamp duty on sales of domestic housing and the abolition of council tax.

And they suggested its replacement by a land value tax.

As far as I can tell this was the one coherent, progressive and logical moment of this whole morning and the only one that showed that the command of capital does create an obligation to pay a greater amount ion tax than those who do not share that extraordinary benefit.

I make the point deliberately: I am not being churlish about Mirrlees for the sake of it. I am being critical because most of what was said was logically inconsistent, ideologically driven and regressive in its nature, and I think, intent.

There is a strong case for an alternative review of taxation to counter Mirrlees from the left. And soon.