I concur with you Joe.
I went for the softer tack of the choice argument to avoid the lunatic fringe argument that if poor people wished to be socially responsible and not spend ILAG's hard earned taxes they could choose to be homeless.
Don't forget this is someone who promotes Malthus, he who wanted to see the poor put to a slow lingering death so that he and his friends did not have the burden of feeding them.
RTB was conceived as a mechanism of allowing profiteering in the private housing sector, to remove the security of the working class by making them fear losing their homes if the protested about the decimation of employment rights, and to reduce the power of local government. But most of all it was a mechanism to pay back the debt built up from providing mass affordable housing. This would be as absurd as selling your car at a discount to pay back some of the loan you had to purchase it. End result, you still have some debt but you have lost the amenity, plus you now have to pay for alternative transport.
In housing terms, we still have the debt, because the government spent the cash reducing higher rate income tax, we do not have sufficient supply of affordable homes, and we are paying private landlords through the nose whilst their tenants suffer overcrowding and the benefits trap.
Massive building to replace all of the lost homes would not be considered correct in these environmentally enlightened times. Therefore making the former local authority homes affordable is the only real option to remove the overcrowding levels we now have. Whether this is through the 'Stalinist' (sic ILAG) method of compulsory buy-back, or the fairest means of rent control within the private sector to make the homes affordable once more, I have no preference other than it must restore real choice and affordability to the masses, and reduce the claim on the public purse.
(I can not resist a PS. Having researched the acronym 'ILAG', I've discovered it was a term for a german concentraion camp housing civilians in the second world war. Why does this seem apt to the attitudes expressed!?)