Monday 8 September 2014 10.45pm
It seems an unneccessary diversion to take this discussion down the RTB sidetrack.
Personally, being as flexibly-minded as possible as to the idealogy of its supporters, i think RTB could have been a good idea if the money HAD to be used to build at least one new council home for every home sold. I would have to be persuaded hard as to why tenants should be offered discounts against market values, but that's not relevant to this argument...
However, if I was in the position of being offered my own home at a discount, in an era where that was almost a one-way bet, with people falling over themselves to lend me the money, my morals could have cost me an amount equal to several years' take-home pay. Arguably, anyone who didn't exercise RTB rights, or at least sell them on, was illogical.
Everyone on that estate had a home in SE1. What will they have now, with these low offers!
...if you press it, they will come.