I think if you care to read earlier I actually said I supported the Lords amendments, in fact I think I said I supported a combination of the two amendments to ensure the vulnerable and those unable to move were saved from this reduction in benefits (I refuse to call it a tax, it is not a tax it is a reduction in payments out of unearned income).
That said, yes someone who wants an extra room, with no good cause, should have to pay the cost of that room themselves. It's one thing to find yourself redundant and having extra rooms, it's another to need an extra room for carers and visiting children, it's another again to have it because you can't be bothered to downsize or because you are sentimentally attached to the building - harsh I know, but we have to be harsh, the state can't afford to be cuddly with people, if they have sentimental reasons for sticking with a property then they should pay their own way on those.
Rick, I agree, a balanced view, or rather a multitude of views is helpful, it's what they call democracy. The hard part, I suppose, if working out which is right and having the strength to follow that through. As some one I know has been known to say, Dictatorship get stuff done, you couldn't build the pyramids in a democracy!