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  • Property-a-holics

    Alternative to the Tories: Libertarian Party

    Hello fellow property professionals!

    I've seen many of you ask "Who can we vote for?" The Conservatives have been hammering landlords, estate agents, developers, and the entrepreneurs. The ultra left-wing Labour party think we are parasites. And there aren't any other political parties that explicitly support the property industry.

    I'd like to suggest an alternative to the Conservatives: The Libertarian Party. My name is Will Taylor, and I'm the Deputy Leader of the Libertarian Party. I am also a landlord, with a very modest portfolio of properties.

    Granted, the Libertarian Party is a small party. Very small. We have less than a thousand members. But its membership has tripled since January. In the absence of any Conservative defence of free markets and capitalism, we have seen our numbers grow. And we're very supportive of the property industry, as you will see from our 10-point housing plan below.

    We ask one simple, moral, question: "can we help solve this problem by giving individual people more freedom?" If so, we think we have a moral duty to try. That question and philosophy underpins all our policies. And we believe that we can alleviate the problems in the housing market with more freedom, and less draconian big government intervention.

    You might ask "What is the point of voting Libertarian? You will never win. A vote for you just gives Labour more chance of winning!"

    Well, you could be right. But let's face it: do you really think the Conservatives are going to win the next election? Rumour has it, they're already planning to lose (and they're doing a great job so far!). With our first past the post system, and students voting twice for Corbyn, it probably doesn't matter who you vote for. Unless we do something different, we may well be sleepwalking into twenty years of socialism (maybe we're already halfway there?).

    As we grow in numbers, we'll be fielding more and more candidates in both local and parliamentary elections. We've spent the past year setting up local branches around the country. We're seeing more and more people attend our monthy meetups, and volunteer to help us out.

    I joined the party after the Tenant Tax was introduced. And I stood for election last June. I knew I had no hope of winning (especially in Hull, a socialist stronghold). But I stood on principle. I wanted to vote, but I didn't want to legitimise the Conservatives or Labour, or anything other mainstream party. I wanted to vote with a clear conscience. For me, that was NOT a wasted vote. Since then, I have been stunned at how many supporters we have locally. Some are activists. Others are just waiting for a Libertarian Party candidate to stand in their area.

    We don't need to win elections to have an impact. UKIP managed to win a referendum, and they didn't get a single MP properly elected into Parliament. We can change the national conversation, and help nudge our country back towards freedom, and away from socialism. You, in your own small way, can help us do that. 1.75 million landlords and many other property professionals can have a big impact.

    Below is our 10-point plan for the housing market, and a video outlining it. Yes, it's a simple plan for a complex problem. And yes, there's probably a lot more freedom we could introduce into the housing market to help it work better for everyone. And that's where you come in: get in touch with us, and let us know what you think.

    So, here's the 10-point housing plan:

    1. Reduce planning restrictions
    2. End Help to Buy
    3. Axe the Tenant Tax
    4. Cancel the ban on letting agent fees
    5. End landlord licensing
    6. Tax breaks for property developers
    7. Bring CGT on 2nd properties back into line with other assets
    8. Abolish stamp duty
    9. Create a Housing Mediation Tribunal
    10. 0% VAT on all building materials

    If anyone has any questions, please feel free to get in touch! Thank you for reading, if you've reached this far!

    Will Taylor
    Deputy Leader & Nominations Officer
    Libertarian Party

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    Very, very amusing.  Satire eh?

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    Hi Will,

    Thanks for posting here and I found your post most eloquent.  It was also refreshing to see your housing policy being something that seems to be a rare commodity - common sense!


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      Well, interesting post. A lot of what you say does resonate with me.

    What is your policy on Brexit?   Do you see it as good or bad for the country?

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    Hello Rassie, thanks for replying.

    We are a pro-Leave party. We don't doubt there will some difficulties during the transition, especially since the Conservatives made a deliberate decision to not plan for leaving! In the long-term we think it will be beneficial for the country. We support Brexit on both moral and economic grounds. Morally, we don't accept that Brussels or other EU nations should have any legal authority over the UK. Economically, whilst we appreciate the benefits of being within a Single Market, we also recognise that the Single Market is a protectionist trade barrier which prevents UK consumers and businesses from being able to buy products from outside the EU without large tariffs being imposed. Food and clothing is subject to large tariffs, and we think Brexit will lower the cost of living for the poorest in society.

    We think the EU is being very unreasonable in its negotiations. It is attempting to negotiate the price of the deal, before actually discussing the deal itself! I think we have reached the point where we just need to walk away from the negotiations and prepare for a hard Brexit. Perhaps the EU will then be more flexible?

    Brexit might be painful economically in the short-term (but perhaps not). In any case, as individuals and as a Nation, we just need to get our heads down, work hard, and get on with it!

    What do you think?

    Best regards,

    Will

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    It is hardly surprising that the conservative party did not plan for leaving given that it was officially opposed to it,

    The EU is not acting unreasonably. It is entirely reasonable for them to expect the British government to cave in and give them everything they want for next to nothing in return given the record of previous ones since Margaret Thatcher left office.

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    You make a good point. If your goal is to achieve a win-lose rather than a win win, then yes it'd be reasonable to be completely inflexible in negotiations!

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