That 50 per cent. Or is it 40 per cent. 1.8 million households or 1.6 million households? April 3, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics.
Here’s the crucial point:
Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins, one of the leaders of the campaign for non-payment of the charge, accused the Government and the media of grossly distorting the payment figures to suggest 50 per cent of households had complied.
“The 2011 census found just under two million houses in the State. [Of these] 129,000 are owned by local authorities and do not have to be registered. This leaves 1.86 million houses that must be registered,” he said. This meant the figure for compliance was just more than 40 per cent of the total required – and not 50 per cent as suggested, he said.
The figure has varied between 1.8 and 1.6 million households eligible. My understanding was that it was 1.8 million households of which close to 200,000 were eligible for – and this was off the back of articles in the Irish Times and on RTÉ.
The 1.6 million was introduced in the last week or two of the campaign and has never had a clear breakdown on RTÉ or the IT or wherever as to whether that includes waiver eligible households (Last September, for example, the IT said it was estimated at 1.8m, only yesterday we were back to 1.8m).
But Higgins figures seem different, and the Government’s figures seem ridiculously low.
Whether this is going to be fought over is a different matter. The near total unanimity in the media that this was 50 per cent, or as near as makes no odds, has its own effect, although one could argue that for those who haven’t paid it makes little difference because now it’s a “wait and see what happens next” time.
That unanimity, though, is depressing.