The Abbey Road recording studios could be listed within a week as part of a move by English Heritage to ensure that they are not turned into flats.
Currently the building has a value of x.
By listing the building so as to remove possible uses the value is now x minus something.
It must be x minus otherwise the listing would not be being sought to exclude certain possible uses. If the uses being exluded were not higher value than the uses still allowed there would be no need for the listing to exclude them, would there?
That difference between x and x minus something is the amount that is being stolen by bureaucratic fiat from the current owners.
You might like those current owners, you might not: not all that many have much sympathy for Guy Hands this is true. But theft is theft, stealing heroin from a junkie is theft just as much as raping a prostitute is rape.
If you, the National Trust or anyone else wants to make sure that Abbey Road isn\’t turned into flats then stump up your money, buy the place and make sure of it. But don\’t steal the property of others through manipulation of the law.
Theft really is theft.