Monday, 31 October 2011
Royal landowners still calling the political shots
Interesting little story in the Guardian suggesting that the Prince of Wales has been exercising a constitutionally enshrined political veto over any government policy that could be seen to affect the Duchy of Cornwall. Through the Duchy, the Prince is one of the largest landowners in the UK and as such, gains much of his income from land rents. To hear that he has been vetting government bills over economic development, planning, housing and other land related issues, raises questions over whether those bills are being shaped in the best interests of the general public.