Trump: Immigration

“My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”
Barack Obama

“America was founded on immigrants. The immigrant experience is common to all of us.”
Nia Vardalos

I hope you will sign and share the following petitions concerning the appalling treatment of immigrant children in the US and related issues.

If you don’t have time to read the whole blog entry please at least sign the petitions below:

Reunite Families Separated at the Border Now!

“After much public outrage, President Trump signed an executive order today reversing his administration’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating families at the southern border.

Unfortunately, it isn’t enough. The damage is already done.

According to reports, more than 2,300 children have already been separated from their parents since Trump first enacted his cruel “zero tolerance” policy. Even worse, the policy didn’t include a plan to reunite children with their parents.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/224/701/950/reunite-the-families-now/?z00m=30609945

Anyone worldwide may sign the above petition

The following I think is meant for US citizens:

Keep the pressure on to impeach Trump

“Donald Trump is placing families in internment camps. His immigration policy has already separated 2,300 children from their parents, housing kids in filthy, crowded cages.

The American people have had enough: 42% say Trump should be impeached and removed from office — on par with Richard Nixon at the height of Watergate.”
Please read more and sign the petition:|
https://www.needtoimpeach.com/impeach-trump/?utm_campaign=sg_email&utm_source=needtoimpeach&utm_medium=email

Consider that all migrants want is a better life for themselves and their children. They are not criminals. It is natural to want for yourself and your children a good quality of life, a life free from poverty, free from fear, free from of violence or the treat of violence, free from oppression. It is natural to want to protect your children from threats such as drug related violence and poverty to which many people in central American countries are exposed.

“The reality is that many of these families came from Central America to seek asylum because they’re “fleeing gang violence and poverty”. And as HuffPost reported, this situation “has its roots in six decades of U.S. policies carried out by members of both parties”. It continued:

Since the 1950s, the U.S. has sown violence and instability in Central America. Decades of Cold War gamesmanship, together with the relentless global war on drugs, have left a legacy of chaos and brutality in these countries.

https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/06/19/children-crying-as-theyre-torn-from-their-parents-heres-the-sound-of-trumps-america/

Clearly the US has a responsibility.

No child should however in any circumstance be separated from their parents, the trauma of which could have life long consequences.  That such treatment of innocent children exists in a country such as the US is as surreal as it is sickeningly shocking. It is inhumane.

“The U.S. immigration laws are bad – really, really bad. I’d say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices   done in our government’s name.” 
Bill Gates

Consider the following

With the exception of Native Americans the US is itself is a nation of immigrants, Trump’s own wife is an immigrant.

The Americans who support this inhumane treatment of children are complicit in the inhumane treatment of defenseless children – if you voted for Trump and continue to support him you should count yourself among them.

That such behavior exists in a any country is shocking but for the US this seems even more so. It has to be said that US immigration polices are fueled by racism, they always have been.

In this regard consider the following:

Click the above tweet to get to the New York Times article. For some reason I was unable to paste a direct link into this webpage

Below is a real eye opener into the racist mentality of Trump and those who support him

How anyone can condone or justify the separation of children from their parents is beyond my conprehension. If you are one such person listen to the anguished cries of desperate children forcibly removed from their parents.

Information about the video from Youtube

“ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.” Read the full story here: https://propub.li/2tcYE9M Correction: A version of this lists the wrong number. An overlay corrects it. And we’re correcting it here: To reach us if you have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, are a worker at a detention center or aid families who have been affected, call 347-244-2134.

“We are a country where people of all backgrounds, all nations of origin, all languages, all religions, all races, can make a    home. America was built by immigrants.”
Hillary Clinton

Related Links

What you need to know about the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jun/06/what-you-need-know-about-trump-administrations-zer/

Facebook doesn’t want you to know that some migrant children have been forcibly drugged.
https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/06/21/facebook-doesnt-want-you-to-know-that-some-migrant-children-have-been-forcibly-drugged/

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Action to Protect Wildlife Affected by Proposed Mexican Border Wall

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

 

The following petition was in my email box this morning, a reminder that the Mexican wall is still on Trump’s bizarre  agenda.

Please sign the following petition to try and halt yet another of Trump’s misguided polices which will adversely affect wildlife, including endangered species, in addition of course to undermining the rights of indigenous communities and harming the environment:

Petition Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

Oppose The Border Wall And Protect Wildlife!

“Funding the wall would destroy wildlife habitat.

President Trump’s crusade to build an impenetrable wall between the U.S. and Mexico could condemn wildlife already on the brink of extinction.

But Congress can put a stop to Trump’s fixation. Federal legislators have the power to deny funding for this disastrous roadblock to the survival of imperiled species. Funding the wall would destroy wildlife habitat and could be the end of the road for these species like endangered Mexican grey wolves, ocelots and jaguars.

We must act now! Demand that Congress refuse to fund the border wall. ”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:
http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/dow_oppose-border-wall/

The border wall is racially motivated, it is bad for people, animals and the environment.

Here are more actions to take to oppose this insane proposal

Petition

Stop Trump From Building the Wall

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-supreme-court-stop-trump-from-building-the-wall

Take a pledge to fight Trump’s Border wall

“More than 650 miles of barriers already exist along the border. These walls, fences and barriers cut through sensitive ecosystems, disrupt animal migration patterns, cause catastrophic flooding, and divide communities and tribal nations.

Now Donald Trump wants a wall across the entire 2,000-mile border. Trump’s wall would harm border communities, perpetuate human suffering, destroy thousands of acres of habitat and halt the cross-border migration of dozens of animal species. In fact, as revealed in the Center’s 2017 report A Wall in the Wild, 93 threatened, endangered and candidate species would potentially be affected by construction of a wall and related infrastructure spanning the entirety of the border.”

Read more and take the pledge

Take our pledge to fight Trump’s border wall today. 

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/border_wall/index.html

5 Ways To Protest The Border Wall Donald Trump So Desperately Wants To Build
https://www.bustle.com/p/5-ways-to-protest-the-border-wall-donald-trump-so-desperately-wants-to-build-33207

This comment included in the first petition raises a good point:”Wildlife & the environment is so much more important than immigrants coming into our country. We’re all descended from immigrants, unless you’re Native American.”

Trump seeks further funding

“President Donald Trump will boost by a half-billion dollars his funding request for his plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, seeking at least $2.2 billion for the controversial project in fiscal year 2019, multiple GOP sources said.

The Trump administration requested $1.6 billion for the project earlier this year, but White House officials are going to increase that amount to at least $2.2 billion and possibly more, the congressional and administration officials said.”

Read More:

Trump to boost request for border wall funding by half-billion dollars
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/21/donald-trump-border-wall-funding-increase-request-601635

The wall will eventually cost $25 billion to complete, a huge cost which could provide medical care, housing, education and other more worthy life enhancing projects.

Related links

Find out from Amnesty International about Trumps numerous violations of human rights

100 WAYS TRUMP HAS THREATENED HUMAN RIGHTS – AND HOW WE FOUGHT BACK

This briefing is not exhaustive and the Trump administration’s ongoing threats to human rights remain
https://www.amnestyusa.org/trump100days/   It is quite a list with more added everyday! The list was in fact complied shorty after the first 100 days, since that time of course there is no doubt much much more to add.

A list of information from Amnesty International concerning US immigration

https://www.amnestyusa.org/search/mexico+wall/

Amnesty accuses President Trump of human rights violations

“Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, the Philippines, and Venezuela.”

Read More
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-43152496

Donald Trump’s wildlife protection board full of people who like killing animals for fun

“Review of board members appointed by interior secretary Ryan Zinke indicates they are likely to agree with his position that the best way to protect critically threatened or endangered species is by encouraging wealthy Americans to shoot some of them.

A new US advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family. ”

Read More:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-wildlife-protection-board-members-trophy-hunters-endangered-animals-ivory-trade-a8259131.html

Frankly Trump is a menace to practically every being on the planet!

Demand the Nationalisation of Water

“Access to a secure, safe and sufficient source of fresh water is a fundamental   requirement for the survival, well-being and socio-economic development of   all humanity. ”
 Kofi Annan,

Since 1989 the year of privatisation water bills have gone up by 40 per cent!

Not so long ago when our water was nationalised, controlled and distributed by councils and government departments our water bills were very modest indeed, few people worried about receiving them, few were unable to pay them and no one was cut off. After privatisation these bills escalated substantially. Along with privatisation came water metres for many people, bringing with it the need to carefully watch usage of water and while I don’t for one minutes suggest it is okay to waste water, in a country such as the UK there should be no anxiety about using water or going without water as a result of concern that you cannot pay the extortionate bill, the profit from which lines the pockets of greedy private water firms whose share holders make billions  from this life giving, life enhancing precious resource without which none of us can live. To make matter worse you have no say in who supplies your water, you have to go with whatever water company supplies the water to your locality so there is no competition that would help keep prices down, so basically they can charge what the hell the like.

Please read more and sign the following petition and demand that our water supply is nationalised.

“Our household bills are rising — while greedy private water firms are making billions for their shareholders and executives from our public service! And receiving more money in tax breaks than they’ve paid in tax.

If our water industry was publicly owned, the money currently going to private shareholders could be reinvested into making our water infrastructure better, or passed back to customers in reduced bills.”

A whopping £13.5bn has been paid out to shareholders in dividends since 2010. At the same time as greedy private firms have claimed huge tax breaks and forced up prices for millions of customers. Since the water industry was privatised in 1989, water bills have risen in real terms by 40%.”

There are many things that in no circumstance should be sold for profit, such as food, shelter, medical care and water, all vital to life, health and well being. No one has the right to monopolize these vital resources upon which life depends and distribute them for a profit, it is highly immoral.

If our water industry was nationalised, the nearly 14.billion profit paid out to greedy shareholders could be used instead to improve water services, and reduce prices for everyone. As before privatisation it would be run by councils and government departments and as such it is would our elected representatives who would be accountable to voters to keep prices down and make sure the service runs well.

 

 

Take Action to support Sainsbury’s shop floor staff’s working rights and other matters.

“A fair days work for a fair days pay” motto of the American Federation of Labor.

Over 9,000 of Sainsburys staff are to loose up to £3,000 per year as a result of pay changes including a loss of paid breaks, the Sunday and bank holiday premium and a shortening of night shift hours where staff will only be paid nightshift rates between 12am to 5am. A bonus is also set to be scrapped.

However there’s money for a £1.8 million share bonus for CEO Mike Coupe as 9,000 staff who do the real work are set to lose up to £3,000 per year.

Please sign and share the following petition – other actions further down

Support Sainsbury’s shop floor staff’s working rights. We’re NOT in the money

In March, Sainsbury’s announced wholesale contract changes across the organisation and spun them to the media as an ‘increase in basic pay’. But, because of these changes, I will be one of the thousands of long standing and loyal Sainsbury’s staff who will see our wages plummet.

Here is the reality for shopfloor staff like me:

  • Those of us who work unsociable hours over weekends will see our earnings slashed.
  • Those of us who work through the night will only receive nightshift pay between 12am and 5am.
  • We’ll all lose our bonuses (although not our “we’re in the money” CEO).
  • We’ll no longer be paid through our breaks.
  • And if we don’t accept the changes by September, then Sainsbury’s will dismiss us from our jobs.

I personally stand to lose over £1,000 per year. Some of my colleagues will lose as much as £3,000.

Read more and please sign and share the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/support-sainsbury-s-shop-floor-staff-s-working-rights-we-re-not-in-the-money

Want to do more?

Write a letter or e-mail Sainsbury’s head office let them know in no uncertain terms what you think of their unfair changes to pay – – but please be polite.

Letter

Head office

Sainsbury’s Store Support Centre
33 Holborn
London
EC1N 2HT

Switchboard
020 7695 6000

Email

https://help.sainsburys.co.uk/help/contact_us

Sainsburys FB https://en-gb.facebook.com/sainsburys/

Sainsburys Twitter https://twitter.com/sainsburys

If you think that all supermarket staff should be paid a fairs days work for a fair days pay, a living wage , please sign the SumofUs Petition

Asda, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose

The Living Wage: it’s time big supermarkets paid it.

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/the-living-wage-it-s-time-big-supermarkets-paid-it

Its all about money of course, increasing profits, nothing else seems to matter nowadays and the people who actually make a contribution to the functioning and well being of society get paid the least while big businesses and corporations exploit them and all us for huge profits.   These insatiably greedy supermarkets and food producers exploit staff with low wages for long hours while selling produce and commodities vital to life at huge prices which increase in significant increments day after day. Frankly food, without which we would all not survive for long of course, should not be sold for profit, doing so leaves many people worldwide hungry, malnourished, starving, including right here in the UK thanks to Tory austerity measures, including vicious cuts to benefits for disabled, sick and unemployed people . Low wages also are common place,  an obvious method of exploitation which leaves thousands of people needing to use food banks. The whole system sickens me. We need a fair world with a fair distribution of food not dependent on how much money you have or otherwise. While this may not happen in the foreseeable future as capitalism has such a tight grip on people’s hearts and minds, but hopefully one day, one day, no one will go hungry, struggle to feed or clothe themselves or secure a home, no one will work for inadequate wages yet go to bed hungry or live on the pittance of government handouts increasing cut . However for now we must fight the system that is allowing others to exploit so many of us and take as much action as you can even it if is only to sign a petition or write a letter.

What with one thing and another as a customer of Salisbury’s I am seriously considering taking my custom elsewhere.

Here is the latest outrage!  The DWP (Department of Works and pensions) are colluding with Sainsbury’s to spy on benefit claimants including disabled people!!!! You couldn’t make it up. UNBELIEVABLE!

Read more information from the Canary

“The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been colluding with Sainsbury’s to spy on welfare claimants and disabled people.

The DWP: in bed with Sainsbury’s?

“CCTV screens are being placed above self-service checkouts in hundreds of supermarkets across the UK.”

“The UK has a ‘hostile environment’ where welfare claimants and disabled people live under a cloud of suspicion and unworthiness. It’s this which makes Sainsbury’s colluding with the DWP all the more concerning. If we have reached the point where welfare recipients can’t even do their shopping without fear of being ‘shopped’ to the DWP, then the system is even more broken than we thought.”

Extracts from the Canary article

The DWP has been colluding with Sainsbury’s to spy on disabled people

Please read the entire article and take the action suggested

https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/05/29/the-dwp-has-been-colluding-with-sainsburys-to-spy-on-disabled-people/

All very worrying to say the least, having lived in a time when such shocking invasion of a privacy was unthinkable outside Orwells book 1984 it comes as a huge shock.

Another worry concerning the ‘creepy’ CCTV screens placed above self-service checkouts as shoppers claim some key pads are clearly exposed if entering pin numbers. Read the article below for more information:

Sainsbury’s customers voice concern over ‘creepy’ CCTV screens placed above self-service checkouts

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sainsburys-cctv-self-service-checkouts-supermarkets-customer-reaction-a8359411.html

The following may also alarm many of us: the UK has the most CCTV cameras than any other country worldwide

I never use self service check outs because firstly it takes jobs away from people and secondly I have no intention of doing unpaid work for Sainsburys – checking out your own purchases is of course unpaid work as you are doing work that Salisbury’s should be employing someone to do. You are making more money for this greedy money grabbing supermarket. The fact that while using self service checkout you are being spied on is yet another reason to avoid them.

Concerning pay, it is of no use to raise wages but take away unpaid tea breaks, additional pay for working unsociable hours and reduce nightshift increased payments to between between 12am and 5am only.

Credit photograph
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sainsbury%27s_at_Northumberland_Park_-_May_2018.jpg

Take Action to Help Older People Get The Care They Need.

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the  children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy  and the handicapped.”
Hubert H. Humphrey

As a result of Tory austerity polices the most vulnerable in our society are suffering and continue to suffer.

Here is but one example:

In the 6th richest country in the world, the UK, more than 1.2 million older people in England currently can’t access the basic care they need to do everyday things, like get dressed and make themselves a meal. Things need to change for vulnerable people, things need to change for everyone.

Right now, the government is devising new plans for social care in England. We need to make sure that the needs of older people are addressed.

Please sign petition

Sign our petition for fair care:

Dear Jeremy Hunt

We believe that everyone should be supported to lead the lives they want for as long as they can.

That’s why we are calling for a care system that:

• Makes sure that everyone who needs care gets it.

• Gets rid of poor quality care.

• Values carers and care workers.

Read full petition and please sign and share:

https://campaigns.independentage.org/node/82/utm_source=email&utm_campaign=GP1&utm_term=b1#

Please sign even if like me you loathe and detest the Tories for the misery and suffering they have inflicted on vulnerable people such as children, the sick and disabled, low paid workers, the elderly and do not forget the NHS upon which the vast majority of us rely be we rich or poor and which they are systematically destroying with cuts to funding.

While it is good to sign petitions and work within the existing government to bring about change to the unfair policies of the Tories , we must in the end be rid of them if anything is to really change for the good of the majority of us.

Petitions are always well worth signing

Signing a petition sends them a message, lets them know that we do not approve of the grave injustice inflicted on our most vulnerable citizens.

“We need leadership in this country, which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick     and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger.”
Bernie Sanders US senator

The above quote applies to the UK and anywhere else that fails to improve or even makes worse the lives of the majority of it’s citizens, particularly the most vulnerable such as those with disabilities, elderly people and children. It may shock you to know that one fifth of our citizens – 14 million people – live in poverty with the worst decline among children and the elderly. There are  1.9 million pensioners (16 percent) living in relative poverty according to these statistics:
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/money-matters/rb_aug17_briefing_poverty.pdf

Fifth of UK population now in poverty amid worst decline for children and pensioners in decades, major report reveals

“Britain’s record on tackling poverty has reached a turning point and is at risk of unravelling, following the first sustained rises in child and pensioner poverty for two decades, a major report has warned.

Nearly 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than five years ago, during which time there have been continued increases in poverty across both age groups – prompting experts to warn that hard-fought progress towards tackling destitution is “in peril”. ”

Continue reading:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/poverty-britain-joseph-rowntree-foundation-report-theresa-may-social-mobility-commission-million-a8089491.html

This country is in a really sorry state, most people are suffering as a result of the misery inflicted by a bunch of over privileged bastards who have never known a day of poverty in their lives, who have never known what it is like to be hungry and cold shivering on the streets, no home, no hope no future. Never felt the anxiety of financial insecurity, never felt the anxiety for the future of their children, never had to work for all the hours god made to eke out a pittance now often not even enough to buy food or pay the rent. How many Tories have had to send their children to school hungry, how many go home to an unheated house, how many face retirement struggling on a pittance which barely pays the huge council tax , food, rent, repairs if you own your own home after paying an extortionate mortgage for the best part of your life! Most older people watch their home fall apart unable to afford the huge cost of repairs! Recently I had an estimate to fix a lock on a window – I can’t open the window without this – cost £ 145, more than a single pensioners entire income for a week. How about clothing or  a holiday – A Holiday!!!!!! how many elderly people get even a weeks holiday?  Not many. Things have to change we cannot allow our lives to be ruined by the greedy few, not only here in the UK but the world over.

We must rid this world of the vile cancer of greed and exploitation namely right wing ideology of social inequality. We must end the society of greed, the corrupt exploitative capitalist system that is destroying lives, destroying the very air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. Our land, our oceans, our planet is dying as are the myriad species with whom we share it, killed by the voracious  greed of the few at the expense of the many.

Please sign and share this petition and every petition that sends a message that you have had enough of social injustice which treats our citizens so shamefully, enough of inequality, of environmental damage to our world, of the exploitation of human and nonhuman animals.

URGENT ACTION: Please help 19-year-old Noura sentenced to death for killing her rapist.

Please take the two actions below from Amnesty International and Change Org to help get justice for Noura Hussein by sending an email and signing a petition. 

Please read the following and take the suggested action to help 19 year old Noura Hussein who has been sentenced to death for killing her husband who helped by two brothers and a cousin raped her. At only 16 years of age Noura was forced into marriage.

From Amnesty International

Please read the story here from Anmesty International and take Urgent Action to help prevent Noura’s execution by sending an email to the Sudanese Authorities  :

“Noura Hussein had already endured rape by the man she was forced to marry. Her husband and rapist, Hammad, got his two brothers and a male cousin to pin her down while he did it.

When he tried to rape her again, she used a kitchen knife to protect herself. In the ensuing struggle, Hammad sustained fatal knife wounds.

Now, at just 19 years old, Noura has been charged with murder and sentenced to death.”

We can’t allow this injustice to happen – please click the following link and help by  sending an urgent email now to try and get justice for Noura:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/sentenced-death-killing-her-rapist?from=issue

Please help, after sending the urgent email please share widely. 

“Noura Hussein was 16 years old when she was forced into marriage by her family.

When she defended herself against her husband and rapist, resulting in his death, Noura went to her family and told them what happened. Her father took her to the police station, and her family disowned her.

A medical examination report from the fight with Hammad indicated Noura had sustained several injuries, including a bite and scratches. But at her trial, the judge applied an outdated law which does not recognise marital rape. She was charged with ‘intentional murder’, though she was clearly defending herself.”

Tell the Sudanese authorities to repeal Noura’s death sentence, and allow her a retrial considering her mitigating circumstances

Every email sent helps, please ask for justice for Noura now. – Please always be polite, abusive messages do not help. 

From Change Org

You may also wish to sign the following petition from Change org

Free Ms Noura Hussein from death sentence, DEATH BY HANGING

Petition to the United Nations and the European Parliament

“The terrified girl’s lawyers have 15 days to appeal the decision.”

“Petitions appealing for Norma’s release have gathered thousands of signature please sign and show your support”

Please read the information and  please sign and share this petition widely

https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-free-noura-hussein

Please take as much action as you can.

Anyone who has read my blog will know I am opposed to the death penalty in all cases. However my objections are even more strong in cases such as Noura Hussein who was merely defending herself. These are mitigating circumstances that cannot be ignored. Please take action and help get Noura’s death sentence repealed.

 

 

 

Land Ownership – Who Owns Your Home?

The following blog post I completed a couple of years ago, it has been updated but most of the information with some minor corrections is still applicable. Apologies for odd formatting, try as I might I can’t correct it.

In this environment of increasing inequality when the social divide between the haves and the have-nots increases alarmingly you may find the following quite eye opening.

Here are some interesting facts about land ownership in the UK. Facts which may well surprise you concerning land distribution.

Land ownership facts:
* The UK has 60 million acres of land in total.
* 70% of the land is owned by 1% of the population.
* Just 6,000 or so landowners — mostly aristocrats, but also large institutions and the Crown — own about 40 million acres, two thirds of the UK.
* Britain’s top 20 landowning families have bought or inherited an area big enough to swallow up the entire counties of Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire, with more to spare.
* Big landowners measure their holdings by the square mile; the average Briton living in a privately owned property has to exist on 340 square yards.
* Each home pays £550/ann. on average in council tax while each landowning home receives £12,169/ann. in subsidies. The poor subsidising the super rich. In Ireland where land redistribution occurred, there is no council tax.

* A building plot, the land, now constitutes between half to two- thirds of the cost of a new house.

Source of information:
How Land Affects The Average Person:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/watercity/LandArticle.html  I have included this link as it is the source of the statistics above, however I am not entirely in agreement with all of ideas expressed therein, particularly concerning the use of green belt land for house building.

Please note: These are old statistics above concerning council tax which is now around £1000 plus annually for band A, – prices vary according to each council.

According to the following article some of the most affluent areas pay less council tax than people living in poorer areas.

“Multimillion-pound homes across London areas, including Belgravia, Pimlico and Fulham, attract among the lowest council tax rates in the country, as our ranking of locations by price shows. Westminster is the cheapest local authority, having levied low rates since the Eighties, and charges £678 a year for a “Band D””
Council tax: how does your bill compare?:
More information about land ownership
“Just 0.3% of the population – 160,000 families – own two thirds of the country. Less than 1% of the population owns 70% of the land, running Britain a close second to Brazil for the title of the country with the most unequal land distribution on Earth.”
This is a very interesting article and told me things I did not know for example,  as a result of  historical events, the Queen owns all the land in the entire UK:
William’s 22nd great-granddaughter, who today sits on the throne, is still the legal owner of the whole of England. Even your house, if you’ve been able to afford one, is technically hers. You’re a tenant, and the price of your tenancy is your loyalty to the crown.
I didn’t know that and I doubt if many other people do.

Time for change towards a more modern society, time to ditch this unfair nonsense initiated in times past. Not only is it idiotic it is a social injustice that has no place in a modern society. The UK is a socially regressive country beyond our imagination. I once thought that this was among the most fair and free countries in the world, at least within the framework of the times in which we live or should I say lived. Rather than progressing towards a fairer distribution of wealth we are regressing backwards. People think that socialism or communism is not desirable because they will own nothing. Well we own nothing now!  You are just a tenet!  You own nothing with the exception of your personal property unless you are in debt of course than you own nothing! While the monarch’s ownership of our property may seem a technically it exists nonetheless.

 

Related links

The south downs owned by private landowners:
https://whoownsengland.org/2018/02/16/who-owns-the-south-downs/

Also note that 95% of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is owned by private landowners.

National Park Authority owns less than four per cent of land in the Lake District. The rest is owned by organisations such as the National Trust, United Utilities, Forestry Commission and other private landowners.

Who owns England Grouse moors:
https://whoownsengland.org/2016/10/28/who-owns-englands-grouse-moors/

Who owns England is a fascinating blog, visit the home page for more eye-opening facts
https://whoownsengland.org/