Mark Wadsworth brings my attention to this research from Chris Huhne (in comments below it has been pointed out that David Cooper headed the research, Chris is the Presdient of the Campaign) of the Lib Dems (if only the Lib Dems had waited another week for those postal ballots, Chris would have been leader instead of Mr Anon Clegg).
Ashley Seager in the Guardian brings my attention to an almost simultaneous piece of research by Labour left pressure group Compass that comes to the same conclusions on the need for a Land Value Tax to replace Council Tax and Stamp Duty and reduce Income tax for lower and middle earners.
The levels of inequality of wealth dwawf even income inequality and explain why Labour's attempts at solving inequality through tax credits and public spend have had such little effect.
We can all, whether from left or right of the political spectrum like the simplicity and economic efficiency of a land value tax, but more than that, the fairness appeals to egalitarians, the lower income tax and scrapped stamp duty appeals to hard hit middle income liberals and conservatives, and the scrapped council tax appeals to low earners in dingy flats paying almost the same as people in mansions.
So, who is against? Both the Labour leadership and the Tories are silent on the issue. The Labour leadership fear the wrath of our imperial tabloid press and wealthy individuals now pull the strings of both Labour and Tory policy with their large donations, the Tories more so of course. At least, Labour still have union funding to combat this. But the unions in their own way can be just as conservative on these issues and part of the establishment.
The people hit hardest by a land value tax are the wealthy and they control the political elite so don't expect change any time soon.
The beauty of a land value tax unlike other taxes is that the rich cannot avoid paying it and it would stabilise our housing economy and stop people from idly profiting at others expense just by sitting on land. So not only efficient, fair and economic, there is also a moral aspect to this tax. Lets move away from taxing things we like - ingenuity, invention and productive activities, to things we dislike - environmental degradation, anti-social behavior and unearned windfalls. It is only a thought!