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El sueño de la razón produce monstruos: How the Mansion Tax will not lie down and die

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We don’t know whether Labour Councillor Claire Reynolds is an aficionado of Goya’s etchings, but her latest proposals could have been inspired by one of his most famous epitaphs, says Anthony Hennessy… To paraphrase (but only slightly) the opening of LP Hartley’s The Go Between, “The North is a foreign… Continue reading →

Take a Running Jump: Why we don’t need Brussels’ property market advice

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The European Commission is attempting to interfere and meddle from across the North Sea, in a highly sophisticated and particularly specialised local market, the dynamics of which it simply does not understand. Thank goodness we have Boris on our side, says Valerie Brecher. ‘Take a running jump’ responded Boris Johnson… Continue reading →

Budget 2014 – (Not so) high value residential property

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In today’s Budget there have been effectively three changes announced affecting the purchase and holding of residential property by “non-natural persons”.  A “Non-natural person” means: A company or other body corporate; A partnership, including a LLP, of which at least one of the members is a corporate; or A collective… Continue reading →