Re: Maybe ...
"The government appear to be forcing us all into cloud account packages."
No, that's the cloud companies misrepresenting what the government is doing.
MTD is set to be an absolute PITA - but it should still be possible to use desktop software, providing either the software you prefer is updated to keep in line, or you can find a third party product to sit between your software and HMRC's submission system. (Some outfits are working on such things.)