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If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Today's student loan sell-off is just the tip of the iceberg

The Government is "considering" more sales - which would be a disaster

Stamp duty revenues jumped by 46 per cent to more than £1 billion as buyers capitalise on the government's housing scheme

Borrowing to fall to 'only' £105bn this year after Help to Buy boost

Side effect of property scheme is £400m gain in stamp duty this month

Fight begins against proposed privatisation of student loan book

25 campuses across Britain start campaign against the possible sale of student loans

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Royal Mail investors bank £356 profit as shares start trading and government faces renewed accusations of selling business too cheap - but the price may be higher by December

Those who sold today made a paper profit of £356 on their original £750 outlay - a 48 per cent rise

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Peter Leahy: Other than a quick cash in, I wouldn't touch Royal Mail shares with a very long barge pole

The ‘low hanging fruit’ of government assets considered worthwhile privatisation candidates were sold long ago

The Department for Business said a third of the stake in Royal Mail - excluding the 10% of free shares being given to Royal Mail staff - has been allocated to retail investors, up from an initial plan to offer the general public 30%.

Royal Mail float: 40,000 wealthy investors miss out as shares are valued at 330p - and all other private buyers get minimum £750 allocation

Documents revealed that those requesting between £750 and £10,000 will each receive a flat 227 shares worth £749.10

Royal Mail shares: City broker says shares are undervalued by 80% as investor bonanza and questions for Vince Cable loom

A City stockbroker has said the Royal Mail £3.3billion sell off could have been underpriced by up to 80 per cent.

MPs have voiced fresh concern that the Government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail

Royal Mail flotation: Shares 'seven times over- subscribed' as 700,000 apply

The number of private individuals applying for shares in the newly privatised Royal Mail has reached 700,000, the Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

Prisoners are being put to work in call centres based in prisons, including HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton

Failure of private prisons must force a rethink

It seems wrong for elements of state coercion to be run for private profit

MPs have voiced fresh concern that the Government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail

Royal Mail flotation: MPs voice fresh concern over controversial privatisation

An Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament calling on the Coalition to review its decision

The privatisation of prison probation means the end of rehabilitation

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Royal Mail flotation: Key questions as excitement builds over 'undervalued' shares

When is the earliest private investors can sell their shares?

Fury over ‘rush to sell Royal Mail on the cheap’

Labour warns prime assets could be sold, leaving taxpayer short-changed

Teachers stage one-day strike in defiance of Education Secretary

Thousands of schools close as staff members protest Michael Gove’s refusal to open dialogue on pay, pensions and workload

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