Well here's a howdy do! For years these mega - and not so mega - housing associations have been bragging about how they - and they alone - have the answer to the nation's affordable housing needs. Now, when the going gets tough, the 'tough' ask for more state subsidies! Those of us who argued that housing associations were not capable of filling the role of council housing were dismissed as troublesome lefties. When we said that HAs were too heavily exposed to the inevitable fluctuations of the property market, we were told we didn't understand the ways of business. Now it seems the 'Mega Associations' want to jump back on the public funding bandwagon as Council Housing Lite! HAs have a role to play, but I hope that one of the consequences of what I think will be a long and nasty recession, will be an end to swaggering HA bosses on inflated salaries and a more honest assessment of how we meet the growing housing crisis, with a realisation that genuine affordable, publicly owned, rented housing is what millions of people need.