‘Moor’ campaigns …. Privatisation of the Land Registry?

The attempted sell off of the Nation’s Forestry Estate, the abandoned giving away of public owned NNRs, selling off the Royal  Mail …. now it’s the turn of the Land Registry.

According to the 38 degree petition website:

Privatisation of the Land Registry will create a private sector monopoly of a function essential to the property market. It will remove competition and devalue the Land Registry.

The Land Registry is a very efficient public organisation that is self funding and is not a drain on public finance. It has a 98% satisfaction rating with its users.

The public consultation on government proposals to privatise the Land Registry closed on Thursday 20th March. There has been no publicity or attempt to inform the public of this radical change to an organisation that is vital to the UK property market.

Another consultation on giving the Land Registry wider powers in the control of data essential to the sale and purchase of property closed earlier with the majority of the public not being aware if it’s existence.

The Land Registry is well run, efficient and professional. If the government is to sell off one of our best performing public services, the wider public needs to be able to have its say.

The public consultation is at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/land-registry-new-service-delivery-company

But, the consultation deadline is past.  Did anyone see any publicity about it, where was it advertised?  Why were the press quiet?

More information on the campaign to Save the Land Registry can be found on their website here.  At the moment there are some 71,458 signatures on the 38 degree epetition here.  That’s pretty good going for just two months.

If readers are minded to consider signing then the petition then from what we can establish there appear to be two, both of equal merit: one on the 38 degree epetition website here but also one on the GOV.UK website No sale or privatisation of the Land Registry.  Currently it has received around 7,000 signatures.

We’ve all witnessed the power of epetitions, the forest sell off abandoned (unless you know differently).  Chris Packham managed to get the Maltese Massacre of Migration discussed in Parliament.  Mark Avery is doing well with his ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’, again he chose the GOV.UK website simply to raise the profile of the issue in Westminster.  His target ahead of the ‘inglorious’ 12th is to achieve 5,000 signatures.  Thus far there are approaching 3,700.  Avery admits that it is unlikely that he will succeed but he has raised the issue that the Intensive management of upland areas for the ‘sport’ of grouse shooting has led to the near-extinction of the protected Hen Harrier in England, as well as increased risk of flooding, discolouration of drinking water, degradation of peatbogs and impacts on other wildlife.

I can only imagine what ‘WB’ would have to say about the Land Registry privatisation proposal.  He was a master of research and scoured such institutions in search of antiquated documents, historic manuscripts and the like as evidence for his causes, if the Land Registry is privatised then what chance the ‘commoner’?

The law locks up the man or woman

Who steals the goose from off the common

But leaves the greater villain loose

Who steals the common from off the goose.

The law demands that we atone

When we take things we do not own

But leaves the lords and ladies fine

Who take things that are yours and mine.

The poor and wretched don’t escape

If they conspire the law to break;

This must be so but they endure

Those who conspire to make the law.

The law locks up the man or woman

Who steals the goose from off the common

And geese will still a common lack

Till they go and steal it back.

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