In Defence of Home Ownerism
Put capital gains tax on all homes | Oliver Kamm - Times Online
Our culture is deeply imbued with the belief that owner-occupation is not just a choice but a virtue.
Leave aside his specious arguments about how ownership ties people down (I think, but haven't got the figures, that owners are more mobile in moving than council tenants) and his tired old cliche about how boring property conversations are, it is important to point out that property ownership is a virtue, a very English virtue.
Owning your own corner of this land imbues responsibility, cohesiveness, care and respect. All virtues, I would add ambition, thrift and family to the list.
Some abacus bashers may bang on about super duper fancy taxes that would crush the curse of Land Values - I think proposing any new tax is dangerous, it only encourages the politicians - but they ignore the wider prosperity that home ownership brings. And while living in communal blocks may suit our European friends it isn't the Anglo Saxon way and Home Ownerism should and must be defended as an Englishman's right to own his own castle.