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Take a look at this clever 3 minute video on Sweden and ask yourself - why can't we behave more like Swedes and less like turnips?

 

"It is simply not true that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer" John Key told an Auckland Business Club last week and quoted some household income statistics to support his view. 

You can look at the Living Wage as a "Cost" of 2.5 Billion as John Key wants us to do (if we accept his figures for a moment) - OR you can look at it as as a 2.5 Billion BOOST to the economy.

Why?

I saw on tonight's news that 2000 jobs are to be cut from the Post Office. The reason? John Key told us, was technology. People don't write as many letters anymore, often communicating by email and txt instead. 

True.

Next time you're sitting in a traffic jam think about this -by burning up expensive fuel going nowhere, you're adding to GDP. 

It's Monday again. The start of the "working" week - a hang over expression from the days of the 40 hour week and New Zealand was closed for sport and home life in the weekends. 

I read a really interesting post on Child Poverty Action Group's site this morning (see below) It's about how children were once able to roam widely and unsupervised in our communities.

Yesterday I raised the issue of the conflicting expectations we have of Mums these days. What about Dads?

For many families Dad is still expected to be the provider.

We give a lot of  unrealistic and conflicting messages to  many of our mothers these days.

Want to save $750 a year on your power bill? Then think again about asset sales. Here's another quote from economist Geoff Bertram's article (referred to already below).

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Who is Bryan Bruce?

Bryan Bruce is an award winning documentary maker, and best selling author. Born in Scotland in 1948, his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the University of Canterbury where he graduated with an M.A.[1] in Sociology and Philosophy and Christchurch Teacher’s College where he earned a Diploma in Teaching.

Bryan is best known for his work on 'The Investigator' documentary series, 'Inside Child Poverty' and 'Mind The Gap'.