Saturday, Dec 22, 2012

Average age of first-time buyer

BBC podcast: More or Less

(14 minutes into the programme): For once, it seems, Grant Shapps and much of Fleet St have got it wrong.

Posted by greenshootsandleaves @ 11:29 AM (2092 views) Add Comment


1. paul said...

The definition and reported average age of first time buyers has always been a political hot potato and now more than ever, vested interests are looking to confuse the picture as the true average age of FTBs soars.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 03:25PM Report Comment

2. greenshootsandleaves said...

Paul: The average age of FTBs may well be on the rise, but why should anyone seek to back up the claim with such laughably dodgy statistics?

BTW, does anyone remember that (C4?) programme a few months ago in which Michael Portillo travels to Greece, consults the Athens edition of the Exchange&Mart or whatever, zeroes in on the used Porsche Cayennes for sale and arrives (in a Cayenne) on the doorstep of one of the the would-be sellers. So why was the programme 'peppered' with so many references to that particular Chelsea tractor? I suspect that what he was driving at, as it were, was the 'staggering' number of Cayennes sold in Greece prior to the recession, but that by the time the video tapes had reached the cutting room, someone had found out (perhaps even from the More Or Less programme which dealt with the subject) how disappointingly low the actual sales figure was and so it was all left pretty much in mid air. Definitely one of the unintentional humour highlights of 2012.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 07:09PM Report Comment

3. paul said...

Politicians, living in bubbles. Allegedly, Mr Mitchell is well known for his overuse of the word 'pleb' in meetings. And many of them would not know the price of a pint of beer other than the subsidised one handed to them in the Members Bar.

It is lamentable that they are every bit as out of touch as most people suspect.

When heard that permatwat Boris Johnson exclaim that if house prices went down because of slowing down immigration, 'everyone would lose their equity', I knew he sounded like he was defending plantation owners' profit margins from those wishing to abolish slavery.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 10:47PM Report Comment

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