Now as you all know, I am not one to pontificate upon subjects about which I know nothing, oh dear me no, this is always a very well-informed blog! So, when it comes to the subject of rent and tenancy law in this, our septic Isle, I haven't a clue. Thus, my confusion over what appeared to be 'Good News' at The Coffee House was rapidly overtaken by my second thoughts that it might, after all, be 'Bad News'. Yes, yes, alright, I'll stop waffling and get on with it.
According to Isabell Hardman, the No. 10 Policy Board, some sort of 'think tank' dreamed up by Dave as a sop to his backbenchers, has actually - SHLOCK-HORROR! - come up with a new policy. It is being proposed by Jake Berry MP, a new 'young thruster' determined to try and hold on to his seat which he nicked off Labour at the last election. He has come to terms with the notion that the new, young generation are likely to be, to use the current jargon, the 'Generation Rent'. It is blindingly obvious to everyone that Osborne's lunacy in shovelling cheap dosh to first-time buyers of property will simply drive up the price of houses, of which anyway, there is a severe shortage. Thus, renting a home becomes the only alternative for young people.
I have no knowledge of rental-tenancy law but my instinctive re-action was that given the obvious demand, and the equally obvious habit of the law trailing along well behind events, it was a good idea to take a hard look at it and make sure it is fit for purpose, both for the tenant and the landlord. This is one area where we might learn something from our European neighbours where renting is the norm. However, after a moment's thought which allowed me time to remember that any government action on anything usually leaves a worse state of affairs than before, I wondered whether in fact it might turn out to be 'Bad News'.