Oh well done to the subs at The Telegraph here

They’ve used some site or other to create and article. Fine. But then they sorta forgot something when they published:

A username and password are being requested by http://stage.compareyourcountry.org. The site says: “Please type your ID and password”

Authorization Required

This server could not verify that you are authorized to access the document requested. Either you supplied the wrong credentials (e.g., bad password), or your browser doesn’t understand how to supply the credentials required.

Additionally, a 401 Authorization Required error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Bad subs, bad.

Especially since it’s an article pointing out something I’ve been saying for years now. Property taxes in the UK are higher than anywhere else in the world.

8 thoughts on “Oh well done to the subs at The Telegraph here”

  1. I think that most of the Telegraph online stuff is simply not subbed at all.

    According to a mate who used to work there, some minor bits of the print issue go in unsubbed too. They’ve made more cuts since he was there…

  2. Guido is often chronicling the chaos at senior editorial level. Clearly it goes down further than that.

    If they had a proper paywall (i.e. one that doesn’t rely just on cookies ffs) then they could afford decent hacks, but then without decent hacks whose going to pay to read it?

    Shame, I used to be a die-hard Torygraph reader.

  3. bloke (not) in spain

    Presumably the post was inspired by the Tepidgraph’s inability to successfully link to the graphics. (since fixed). Must confess, I’d probably make a klutz of it, too. But then I’m not a national newspaper.
    And nor would I be sponsoring submissions like this from the article:
    “Mr Walker said: “Increasing taxes on property further is not the answer. Until the late 1990s there was just the single 1pc stamp duty band, but higher rates and more bands on higher value homes have contributed to stamp duty receipts quadrupling from £2.5bn in 1997 to over £10bn today. Yet this has done little to dampen demand.”
    Why should it?
    When will people get their heads round stamp duty being incident on the seller not the buyer? Not the Telegraph, who’ve been consistently trumpeting Osborne’s stamp duty cuts as a gift to buyers.
    The amount any buyer can afford to pay for a property is fixed at what they believe they can afford. The cost of the property is made up of the price + stamp duty (plus other costs, survey fees, legals, whatever). So if you vary the stamp duty (or any of the others) it varies what the seller gets. And reflects in the price. Which will increase in inverse proportion to the costs falling. To capture the maximum the seller can afford.

  4. Property taxes are high in aggregate, but peek under the covers and you find heavily-taxed commercial property alongside under-taxed residential property, with farmland negatively-taxed thanks to subsidies.

    The residential picture is even more nuanced. Inner London has some of the highest-value properties in the country; yet several boroughs have the lowest council tax rates. Conversely, in Stockton-on-Tees you can allegedly buy houses for £5,000, yet they attract a council tax charge of at least £1,000 a year.

    So yes, in aggregate we have high property taxes, but high-value residential property is (comparatively) under-taxed. Labour and the Lib Dems are onto something with their mansion tax.

  5. “Property taxes in the UK are higher than anywhere else in the world.”

    This is an artefact of the volume of sales. and not really true. Even if it wasn’t misleading it’s not a bad thing.

    The best way of course would be to tax “location” not property on an ongoing basis rather than on a transaction basis but the two are so confused.

  6. bloke (not) in spain

    “This is an artefact of the volume of sales.”
    Is *this* actually true?
    If it is, it’d have to be from a high rate of turnover rather than new build. UK’d be low on new build, wouldn’t it?
    I’d like to think it was & a result of the collapse of the UK extended family. The abandoning of the ‘ancestral home’ passed down the family.
    Any ideas?

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