The National Housing Federation has just invented some figures to lobby the government with as they try and push their pet agendas.
Using some figures from a boring report someone in the organisation must have thought that hyping up the figures would be a good thing in scaring people into accepting their argument that the housing situation is in crisis. And with people getting all emotional they probably think it will help them gain support as they clamour for the government to do something.
So given some figures like the average wait for getting an allocated social home is 4.4 years and the total number of families waiting for a home is 589,000 what do you think is a nice high figure as a total amount of time to clear the backlog to sound scary? 4.4 years? 10 years? 100 years? or something like 1.4 million years?
Yep, 1.4 million years is nice figure to use. It’s big enough but if you say that it is three times longer that ten years ago it sounds like it’s a figure that has been used in the past. If it’s been used before it must be OK.
Or do you look at the figure and think what planet did the person who thought it up come from. Either that or the must be high on something. Alternatively they are probably an expert in irish feminist history.
H/t Simon Cooke