- The story of a London landlord who complains about getting rich too quickly, thanks to the UK government’s broken tax system.
- Don Riley’s life-changing experience demonstrates how re-structuring the tax system cuts out the free-riders, and as a result, everyone could be rewarded for their hard work.
- The authors make a clear case of how to introduce fairness, harmony and justice in our economic system.
- The Jubilee Line Extension electrified more than the trains. The windfall to Riley’s property business provided him with an astonishing case study.
South London commercial property owner, Don Riley’s fortunes changed when the government extended Transport for London’s Jubilee Line.
The groundbreaking book Taken for a Ride conclusively demonstrates how public money, operated by the government, provides the basis for private profits and guaranteed incomes.
Following the 1st edition of Taken for a Ride, Riley, with contributing author Fred Harrison, discovered that several professional surveys were commissioned, which confirmed Riley’s results. This revised 2nd edition reveals the results and presents an opportunity to apply Riley’s and Harrison’s lessons to the challenges of the 21st century.
As Riley proved, capital projects should be created to increase the land value which could then be shared by the community to build further prosperity. To maximise the uplift, the community must be considered.
Taken for a Ride is a valuable source to building a better and fairer society. Everyone, from whatever political persuasion, can work towards introducing fairness, harmony, and most importantly, justice in our economic system.
Don Riley became one of the most successful property developers in London’s Southwark Street. By rescuing derelict buildings in the Southwark area south of London Bridge, Don Riley had a 20-year record of valuing sites included in this study. Fred Harrison is Research Director of Land Research Trust, London. After a career as a Fleet Street investigative journalist, Harrison turned his attention to the failure of economic analysis and public policies in the market economies.
Fred Harrison is Research Director of Land Research Trust, London. After a career as a Fleet Street investigative journalist, Harrison turned his attention to the failure of economic analysis and public policies in the market economies.
Dave Wetzel, former Vice-Chair of Transport for London
Steve Norris, former Conservative Minister for Transport
Jonathan Brown, author and consultant