Eroding Property Rights

An Englishman’s home is his castle. That is, until Gordon Brown gets his way. He wants to give local councils the authority to snoop around and make sure that local houses are owned by local people. It will be one castle per Englishman.

Councils will have the power to require planning permission for any house that goes from fully occupied to a second home. If councils find out that a house is owned by someone who does not live in it as a permanent residence, it is not clear what they will be able to do. However, they may also get the power to ban outsiders from buying newly built properties as well.

This is socialism through and through. The State will tell you how much property you can have and where it can be located. You will live where you are told. It will also tell you to whom you may sell your property, and under what circumstances, thus effectively controlling the prices.

The property market is already in turmoil. What we don’t need is the Government stepping in with social engineering policies and making things even worse, while chipping away at historic rights and personal liberty.

Nameday

Today is the feast of my name saint, David of Wales. It seredipitously works out that it falls on a Saturday so we get to have Liturgy here in our neck of the woods.

Even though St David is my name saint, I’ve always felt a stronger affinity to his predecessor as archbishop, Dyfrig. This is for various historical reasons as well as the fact that he is from just a few miles away and places associated with his can be visited at any time. That hasn’t prevented me from making two pilgrimages to St David’s or using water from St Non’s Well (located at David’s birthplace) in the baptism of our oldest child, who also has David as a middle name.

The disappointing thing for me is that both Dyfrig and David were known for their ascetical life. This is something I hardly aspire to, not to mention ever achieve.

St David of Wales, pray to God for us!