30 years ago we were approaching a property boom (anyone remember double MIRAS relief?) and one of the suggestions to deal with the housing crisis was..... wait for it .......... renting!
The question was why the UK was so fixated on home ownership and so less accepting of the continental approach where so many more people rented.
Now that we have a more continental model (some details of security of tenure aside) we all seem fixated with the opposite problem - generation rent. Our kids can no longer afford to buy without the help of the bank of mum and dad.
Renting will always play an important role in the provision of adequate housing stock and it is at least honest of the government to look at all types of tenure in seeking to provide solutions.