Lib Dem Chiefs Rally Behind Land Tax
Vince Cable's plans for a mansion tax sparked a revolt at the Liberal Democrats' annual rally two years ago.
But this time the Business Secretary may win more support from party chiefs for a land tax on the wealthy.
Several senior Lib-Dems are making positive sounds about it.
The party's deputy leader Simon Hughes tells The Standard: "The current system of council tax is outdated and unfair - many people on average incomes find paying their council tax a struggle whilst millionaires do not pay a fair share. Liberals and Liberal Democrats have long argued for a fairer system of land and property taxation.
"I welcome any proposals which move the burden of taxation towards developers and large land owners who have made huge profits out of rising land values in the capital and away from many hard working people on lower and middle incomes."
And it is not only Lib-Dem Lefties and the rank-and-file who are warming to a land tax.
Moderate MP Norman Lamb, Nick Clegg's chief-of-staff. said: "I'm attracted by the proposition of a land tax.
"It makes it much harder for the very wealthy to avoid taxation by squirrelling away their assets overseas."
Treasury minister Danny Alexander has also voiced support for a new levy on the wealthy.
Chancellor George Osborne can be expected to lead Tory opposition to a land tax.
But wealthy owners of homes with large gardens, especially in London and the South East, should not doubt the resolve among some Lib-Dems to push this controversial levy.