"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail - its roof may shake,the wind may blow throught it, the storm may enter but the King of England cannot enter." - William Pitt.
Following rapidly on the heels of the Housing Minister's announcement of a new home's building priority - further below - we have another story appearing in the papers today.
It appears that "Pensioners will be encouraged to give up council houses in the cities and move to the country.
The elderly will be paid cash and helped to move, so that their homes can be given to families.
Labour said the plan would ease overcrowding. Housing Minister Yvette Cooper, who put forward the plans, said: "Too many children are stuck in cramped houses. How can they get on at school if they haven't got space to do their homework? Kids need space, and so do their parents."
But critics warned it would put pressure on pensioners to quit social housing.
Middle-aged couples living in large council houses in cities could be forced to move to the country
The plans will mean the elderly, and some middle-aged "empty nesters", get priority for small council or housing association homes outside cities."
Ed: William Pitt never imagined the appearance of New Labour. It all rather sounds like a covert form of eviction to me. When I wrote the earlier story, "The Biggest Priority of All", I never realised that the Government had such a dramatic 'Re-distribution' proposal up its sleeve.
Bus loads of pensioners facing compulsory purchase and being sent to view retirement flats in depressed seaside towns, courtesy of Minister, Yvette Cooper, What do you think?