Our great leader, Gordon Brown, currently lecturing the UN in a fashion more reminiscent of a failing Marxist African overlord (I just watched the highlights on CNN, so maybe I'm underplaying the full event and its true impact in geopolitical terms), has recently been espousing about property when in the UK.
Yes, he wants more homes, maybe even on undeveloped land in Southern England, for all his key workers whom he has been so generous too in extending the government payrolls by several hundred thousand (note how key workers are always government employees).
This building will also help to cool the huge demand in the UK and so bring down prices for everyone and help to make Mr. Brown our greatest ever leader.
However, today the news I see is full of the government's soft peddling of a report into co-habitation. Indeed, ministers have said they are 'minded' (that means 100% behind it for those not knowing the jargon) to put this into law.
So now does the law of unintended consequences come into play. if this very intrusive law is made into peoples' personal affairs, they will be less likely to co-habit (they may marry, but it seems unlikely since they are living together unmarried in the first place). This means living alone for longer. When people live alone the overall need for housing increases dramatically, especially the small, one bed and two bed flats which people in this situation would buy.
This is also the cheaper end of the market and so is the property most likely to be bought by the key workers referred to above. So as usual, this policy, as well as being a massive state interference in a supposedly free country, would also wreck Mr Brown's flagship housing policy.
Brilliant, joined-up thinking by the government as usual.