Jono - but that means your point about private landlords going out of business does not hold water - as you state they simply are taking their business to other markets - but that then means somewhere in the sector a vacant dwelling is left empty; so what happens to that one, keep getting the council tax and business rate subsidy or open it up for a family in need?
Jono - your point about single wage earning families is valid - but it is equally valid in the current circumstance too. Are you now advocating the expansion of benefit costs? Further, the changes wrought on society over the past 30-years have rendered the traditional family impossible, and couples both having to work to make ends meet. Choice about being a full time parent or not has been completely removed (presumming the parents wish to be able to clothe and feed the family). More affordable rents and more realistic wages both help reverse this worse outcome of the economic model we currently have, where the individual is king and families are an anacronism.
Has someone else started writing your posts Jono as they seem to have altered in direction and lost their trademark language and structure?