Representatives of the main political parties attended a hustings on rural affairs in Edinburgh this morning, covering topics such as land reform, animal tail docking, fuel prices, renewable energy, tourism, exports and local produce.
is what we would like to see happen."
"For those of you that are scared, that are investors in property, it would bring down the price of a house and the price of land, and that Under Armour Shoes High Tops Basketball
He went on: "LVT would mean big firms would not be able to buy up land and keep it empty until such time as they see fit.
She added: "The council tax is probably the issue that would focus our attention. We have said we would freeze it for the first two years, and after that we would cap it to below inflation."
"Look at what happened to Inverness. It was Tescoed to the north, south, east and west. They keep that land in land banks until they decide to use it."
Mr Harper added that it was "disingenuous" to suggest supermarkets created jobs, adding that they replaced community jobs with menial work in which employees "become part of a machine".
Conservative candidate Miles Briggs was silent on land value taxation but promoted other Tory policies for rural Scotland such as a 135 million scheme for rural broadband, cutting red tape for rural development and creating a Scottish Tourism Investment Bank.
Mr Harper pointed out that the Liberal Democrats also considered land value taxation at their party conference, but that Lib Dem deputy spokesman on rural development Jim Hume swiftly distanced the party from the proposal.
A GROUP representing rural landowners and property businesses has described Green party plans to introduce land value taxation as "horrific".
used widely in the United States. It's an option for states or even individual cities to use to redress the balance.
Mr Harper said the UK had "moved into a situation where housing is seen as something people invest in to make a profit", which is "driving up the cost of housing" in urban Under Armour Curry 3 Shoes and rural areas.
He said: "LVT (land value taxation) is not a new idea. People don't need to fear looking at this to understand how it would work. It's Under Armour Shoes Without Laces
Mr Hume said: "It was discussed by party members. But let me be absolutely clear; Lib Dem policy is not for LVT. I don't think it works. We are more into taxation on the ability to pay and I am not convinced that LVT is the right vehicle for that."
Labour rural affairs spokeswoman Sarah Boyack said she did "not anticipate LVT being a big priority for Labour as an incoming government".
Former Green MSP, Robin Harper defended the tax, which he said would bring property and land prices down, create affordable housing and reduce absentee landlords and disused "land banks".
Of course, there are landlords who don't live full time on the estates but they all invest huge amounts of money running estates which, if we were all honest, we do for the love of Scotland and not much else. So it is crucial that they are encouraged to continue to invest.
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But chair of the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, Luke Borwick, insisted: "There are very few areas where there are absentee landlords. Under Armour Clutchfit Drive Highlight
"What happens all too often in our small towns is the big supermarkets walk in, and they are the only people who can afford to buy land.
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