To suggest I am an avid football fan would be somewhat inaccurate. However, as an Englishman living in Scotland it has been intriguing to observe the reaction to Saturday’s World Cup result.
The truth for me is that I was more interested in the result earlier on last week when common sense prevailed and English landlords gained a resounding victory with Grant Shapps’ announcement that plans for the landlord register are to be scrapped.
Scotland did not qualify for the World Cup, nor does Scotland currently qualify for the abolition of Landlord Registration. Indeed, it could be the exact opposite with more legislation and more red tape for Scottish landlords on the cards.
Come on Scottish Government, it’s time to admit defeat – landlord registration is not working, that’s why England are not going to follow us. The vast majority of Scottish landlords are good, decent, honest, hard working individuals who contribute to an essential part of Scotland’s housing market. We don’t need more paperwork and more beaucracy!
On Sunday morning I was reminded by one hopeful English fan that in 1966 the England team only managed a draw in their first match…
There’s going to be an election in Scotland next year, Minister. Why not take the lead now and score a goal for Scottish landlords? Come on, we might even cheer for you at the 2011 match!
Scotland 1 – England 1