I don't normally read the housing trade press, finding it generally a bit pointy-headed and technical (and, after all, there is a serious limit on how much you can read) but an article in one of last month's housing magazines was edifying.
Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps (pictured) is on record as saying: "I really don't think we're going to need two agencies." Meaning (I think) that we won't need both the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the Tenants Services Authority (TSA) under a future Conservative government.
It would seem the writing is well and truly on the wall for the TSA and its lovely chairman Anthony Mayer (btw does anyone know why the late great John Sienkiewicz used to call Anthony "Sid"? Something to do with them being undergraduates together and ...er.. a shared girlfriend?), since Mr Shapps describes progress under that authority as "incredibly slow".
It's all a bit harsh: the TSA have really run an exemplary textbook consultation exercise - as instructed by ministers and civil servants and now they're being kicked for it - after all, it is hardly their fault is everything went up the shoot!