I agree with your post MDB, but perhaps there is one factor you are overlooking. I too have many small business customers who cannot afford to pay the prices demanded. This has always been a major problem for British businesses and consequently many of my own small business clients have had to settle for 'second best' or less appealing domains. However, these guys on here are not acting in the interest of British business, UK domain requirements or anything else, they are acting in their own interests. This recent news simply means that some of these portfolio holders will be handed thousands of .uk domains on a plate. THAT is why nothing will change in the UK market. The same people that have been holding businesses to ransom on .co.uk domains will now be able to do that with the new .uk domains. I do understand why they are doing it and why they want to protect their investments, but it has absolutely nothing to do with doing business online or assisting UK business owners in a positive way. They're protecting themselves and their portfolios of names, if you bear that in mind then most of the double standards, attempted market manipulation, self congratulation and hand-rubbing on these threads will make sense. Unfortunately we have to go with it, there isn't much my business clients, or the thousands of other businesses that are pissed off with things, can do. Thats why I have bought over 100 domains here on AD, mostly for business clients, basically because they cant be registered normally and essentially I have no choice. I'm not a domainer, these guys aren't in conflict with me personally, but I am at the forefront of frustration expressed to me by clients.