By way of an analogy, in 1957 the then Conservative government, keen to consolidate its position, triggered a boom in high-rise building by offering an increment per storey to contractors. Housing was the issue of the day and it made political sense. The mistake, though, was to leave this regeneration in local authority hands. While Macmillan boasted about the statistics, the resulting buildings were ostensibly impressive, but it didn't take long for the cracks to literally start showing. Pressure to meet housing targets had meant corners had been cut and it suited the contractors because they got their money on tap. Within 20 years many of these poorly constructed buildings would be facing demolition. A similar combination of factors has played a part in franchising. The fault is in the absence of accountability in the pursuit of favourable statistics for short-term survival and political gain. When will we learn?