Interesting - part of a series of fortifications built in the 1860's off the coast of Portsmouth, UK, is up for sale. If I had the scratch, I'd buy it, and here's why:
In the comments to the story, someone made reference to no more screeching tires, football hooliganism, etc. Someone then referenced that the owner would not escape the poll tax. Both missed three key points:
- The property is a mile from shore - there is no land assault possibility.
- The property is fortified - armored concrete built to withstand naval assault.
- The property had (or maybe has) room for 80 cannons and anti-aircraft weapons to help stave off air assault.
Add to that a fresh water supply from under the sea and your own generators for electricity, and you have a fortress the government cannot penetrate easily. A few extra million will get you the defensive weapons you need to keep the tax man away for a while.