As has been the case in the past, I believe it is the private sector and not the government that will have to lead the country out of recession. Our road networks, canals, water systems and railways - none were the result of government activity.
I'm sure there are other similar wood-treatment products out there but only the Ronseal test will get us any closer to making sure that riots, housing associations and charities do what they say on the tin.
Despite all this noise, the government lacks a coherent sustainable housing policy and is instead simply implementing a range of haphazard measures that either constitute unhelpful noise or which store up problems for unwary investors.
Last week, the Government published its new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Most commentators claim that they have squared the circle by protecting the green belt whilst simultaneously giving a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
For those of us involved in housing, the growth agenda is what matters. We understand how important growth is for the economy and how essential it is that we create new jobs, not least because so many housing associations are exploring ways of assisting their residents to get into work.
We can't be scared of being told, 'That has been done before' or 'what a silly idea'. Banging on the doors of government is no different, easier or harder than doing business and building relationships with other businesses. We just think that it is. But it's not.
According to The Department of Communities and Local Government there are more than 1.7million families on housing waiting lists. Considering that Local Authorities throughout England commissioned the building of just 380 new homes in Q1 2011 we are unlikely to ever eradicate that backlog.