Leter by Philip Booth in The Daily Telegraph
It is fifty years of state control of land development that has made housing unaffordable. Eighty five years of state and municipal control of housing has also been a disaster. Housing needs to be liberalised, not socialised. Any housing subsidies should be attached to dwellers and not to dwellings. Instead of transferring local authority housing to a single, monopoly â€œsocialâ€ housing landlord, as happens under the current policy of large scale voluntary stock transfer, policy should encourage transfer of housing within a given area to a range of different private and voluntary sector landlords. This would create genuine competition and allow those who wanted to rent to choose their own landlord.