Category: landrights & planning

The Child Inside

Children are being airbrushed from our towns and cities. No wonder they stay indoors. Read more.

Breaking the Silence

It’s time to bring the Highland Spring south, and, like Scotland, introduce democracy to this quasi-feudal nation. Read more.

Towering Imbroglio

Is the government preparing to dispose of our forests and other public land? Read more.


The point of current housing policy is to sustain a system built on injustice. Read more.

Highland Spring?

Will Scotland please get off its knees and challenge the people who claim to own it. Read more.

Political Barbed Wire

Why are 97% of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue. Read more.

Line of Battle

The line that separates the public from the private sphere is arbitrary, but fiercely policed. Read more.

A Telling Silence

Why we need land value taxation. Read more.

Hidden Claws

Could the rubbish published in the Observer about birds of prey be related to the author’s undisclosed interests? Read more.

The Great Impostors

In the name of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it. Read more.

Lead Soldiers

A new front opens up in the war against nature. Read more.

The Promised Land

This is the fate of young people today: excluded, but forbidden to opt out. Read more.


Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad. Read more.

Mythologists of the Glen

A report on deer in the Scottish Highlands is a sycophantic paean to Balmorality and landed power. Read more.

War with the Wullies

This planning battle is a fight between the people and a totalitarian model of capitalism. Read more.

Making a Mockery of Localism

The government’s claim that local people will have more say over planning is an outright lie. Read more.

Terra Nullius

Read the small print and you find that the government wants a total abandonment of the planning system. Read more.


As Sydney residents are being paid to leave the city, the case for compact, high-density settlement becomes clearer than ever. Read more.

Forest Chumps

The sale of England’s state forests is a chance to do something interesting. It’s being squandered. Read more.

In a Hole, Still Digging

Why does England have weaker rules on opencast mining than Wales and Scotland? Read more.