Letter: Who owns the land?

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Sir: Jennifer Miller (letter, 16 June) assumes that I advocate overthrowing the monarchy and the system of land-holding. I favour peaceful replacement of the monarchy by a democratically elected head of state, and the transfer of royal property holdings to public ownership. The Crown Estates date from the Norman Conquest (not Saxon times) and were augmented in mediaeval times by confiscation from kings' political opponents and escheating due to lack of heirs. They rightfully belong to the community, not to any royal interests.