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An index to the change which has been induced m the public mor.ility at Home by the no-rent and anti-property teachings of the Land League and kindred associations of late years, may be found m the intrcduction m the House of Commons of what is called the "Lease Enfranchisement Bill," Its provisions were simply that any person interested m a lease (that is a leaseholder) should be able to tender a sum In redemptjon of the freehold, and if the offer was not accepted by the owner, tbe lessee could insist upon having the amount settled aod the transfer completed by the County Court. This having been done, the new owner could substitute a terminable or perpetual rent charge for the capital payment. It seems just a simple scheme for if r Have-not to change places with his landlord without any unnatural fuss m the way of revolution and bloodshed, m which it may be possible tbat Mr Have not may not himself escane a bayonet p-'od apd reap the fruit of his labors. There* is more safety m calling expropriation *' lease enfranchisement" and making laws to do it The f JCt that it has been introduced into the House of Commons, however, ampiy demonstrates the change which is coming over the fu damental notions of the community regarding property. Ten years ago the mooting of the questpn m either Parliamentary chamber wouid have raised a howl of indignation all through the country, but people are becoming familiarised with loose conceptions of the rights of property by the daily repetition m their ears of the doctrines of the Land League and Socialism, We shall, of course, hear something more of this measure m this country. A proposal for the wholesale expropriation of landowners with such a romantic name as '.' Lease enfranchisement" is sine to stroDgly recommend itself to the mind of one or the I other of our chief faddists.

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"LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 1 July 1889

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"LEASE ENFRANCHISEMENT." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 1 July 1889