I do wish journalists would look up the bloody statistics!

Eventually, housing output reached a peak of 90,000 new homes per year – far more than Britain’s, despite the huge difference in population (4.5 million versus 60 million).

Talking about Ireland that is. And he\’s just not bothered to go and look up the UK statistics. Here.

There were 28,590 seasonally adjusted house building starts in England in the June quarter 2010. This is 13 per cent higher than in the previous quarter and 84 per cent above the trough in the March quarter 2009, but 42 per cent below their March quarter 2007 peak.

So England alone, even in the current slump, is building more than 100,000 houses a year.

Yes, Ireland built proportionately many more houses than Britain, but not absolutely more, which is the ridiculous claim he is making.

 

 

5 thoughts on “I do wish journalists would look up the bloody statistics!”

  1. 90,000 is remarkable though – (if his populaton is correct) that’s like the UK building 1.35m houses.

    I imagine Ireland was ‘underhoused’ before and had some catching up to do, but still…

  2. Irelands house building boom probably has more to do with property speculation during the Celtic Tiger years than anything else.

    Huge numbers of flats and houses were built only to remain empty or unfinished when the whole game of musical chairs finished.

    The property developers then did a runner with the cash whilst the Irish taxpayers were left holding the bag.

  3. “The property developers then did a runner with the cash whilst the Irish taxpayers were left holding the bag.”

    What cash? If the houses are empty, who bought them?

  4. fjfjfj, I assume the developer sells the completed flats to a separate property investment company. It is that latter that goes bust, owing all the money to the bank (now owned by the taxpayers).

    So yes, the developer gets the cash and the taxpayer gets the bad debt.

    Which isn’t to say that the developer is necessarily bad, nor the government an innocent dupe. But I suspect that’s how it was done.

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