Countries with higher minimum wage than NZ are Slovenia, France, Chile, Turkey and Colombia – the other 22 have lower rates.
It strikes me that, quite regardless of one’s political views, we might usefully note that:
This is far from the first recent election where measuring what people say or thought they should say proved to be wasted and totally misleading effort.
The most prominent feature of a really successful business seems to be that it is unique. The only one in its class, truly idiosyncratic, not quite matched by anything else: peerless.
By definition then developing, “discovering”, learning, teaching about or attempting to derive the generic “principles” from which this "one off” phenomenon can be replicated faces severe logical problems does it not? Or is it just Friday?
By the time of this recording in 1928, Blind Lemon Jefferson, an African-American street singer from a small country town outside of Dallas, Texas, had reshaped and expanded the blues genre on record. With only his guitar for accompaniment, and a high wailing tenor of a voice, Jefferson recorded a series of powerfully individualistic performances on record from 1925 to 1929, the year of his death. Though he used what were already traditional frameworks for many of his songs, Jefferson personalized them with the interplay between his voice and guitar, extending vocal phrases with long intricate lines of notes, adding or omitting measures in the song as it suited him. This 1928 coupling issued by the Okeh label, and holds two of Jefferson's best performances—"Matchbox Blues," later recorded by Carl Perkins, the Beatles, and many others, and the eerie, lascivious "Black Snake Moan."
A common problem in discussions about poverty is that inequality of income is frequently confused with inequality in lifestyle. Inequality of lifestyles has been “flattening” at ever increasing rates over the last two centuries. Ever increasing numbers of people have ever increasing access to greater and greater quality of lifestyle.
The most dramatic examples are in health, infant mortality and life expectancy – and the statistics in these areas are familiar. There are numerous examples in travel, housing, clothing, energy and of course leisure.
A perhaps less well known example but which shows how dramatic this increase in equality has been, is that:
It is typically not your income which matters but what you can do with it….. and inequality in “what you can do with it” is rapidly declining.
Having labelled food products to within an inch of their life to pacify the food worriers – and shoved the price up in process, I hear in my NW supermarket today, ads for “free” courses (read consumers pay) on how to interpret food labelling. MBIE would regard that as a regulatory win then?