The following quotes are from people defending Mrs Thatcher policies and legacy - really they ought to
"Scrapping rent controls for the private rented sector meant a reduced role for councils. Before there would be council Rent Officers telling landlords what rent to charge. Now the landlord and tenants are left to negotiate for themselves"
Except of course negotiations have been all one way - higher rents, huge cost for the tax payer in a rising housing benefit bill - what idiocy was this policy? It is a typical example of how a theoretical belief in the 'free market' continues long after the real world shows it has no basis in reality. It has probably done more to entrench poverty and dependency on benefits that anything else.