In this week's New Statesman: Who Owns Britain?

The coming battle over land and property | John Pilger: Chile’s corrupt elite | The return of Alan B

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In this week's New Statesman, we look at the coming battle over land and property and reveal who really owns Britain. In our cover story, the NS's editor, Jason Cowley, argues for shifting the tax burden from earned to unearned income (property sales, inheritance, land ownership) and says land reform must become a convulsive political issue once more.

Elsewhere, as the world focuses on the Chilean mine rescue, John Pilger exposes the political and economic abuse that continues to blight the country, Mehdi Hasan warns Ed Miliband not to be defined by his enemies and John McTernan, formerly Tony Blair's political secretary, puts the Blairite case for Labour's new leader.

Also this week, Jonathan Powell explains what today's politicians can learn from Machiavelli, David Blanchflower warns that the Tories' figures still don't add up and we launch a caustic new column from the "New New Statesman", Alan B'Stard.

All this, plus Kevin Maguire's Commons Confidential, Laurie Penny on the corporate attempt to cash in on cancer and Ryan Gilbey on the dark history of Facebook.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.