What on earth is the State doing renting houses? We find it absurd that Sweden's government has a monopoly on retail alcohol sales ("Here's my ration card Comrade; I'd like a litre of Class 1(b) State Beer, please" "Certainly, Comrade. Please attend the compulsory safety video screening and take this token to the issue desk. That will be £19.50 please") and find it risible in a North Korean way that the State should try to sell groceries, clothes or provide haircuts (Here's my ration card, Comrade; I'd like a haircut please" " Certainly, Comrade; would that be a Kim or a Kim style? Or perhaps a Kim style? Take this token to the butcher and here's your pudding basin. That will be a goat, please") but we think it's fine for the following to be regularly the case;
"Hello Comrade I'd like to rent a flat, please"
"Certainly, Comrade: do you fall into one or more of the following privileged State classes:- foreign born, irresponsible slut, alcoholic, social nuisance, fiscally incapable, victim of capitalist hegemony, victim of male hegemony, drug producer?"
"No, Comrade, I'm just a Worker"
"The wait will be fourteen years. Would you like a glass of State Beer whilst you wait? How about a haircut?"
The sooner the State - and that includes the Housing Associations sector - is pushed out of housing provision, the more efficiently markets will meet housing demand.