Alf found a bucket of bilge at the Sunday Star Times today, the end product of a survey about some sort of gap between rich and poor.
It started by saying –
Accusations that New Zealand is one of the worst performers in the developed world when it comes to the income gap between rich and poor have been validated by a Sunday Star-Times survey.
Stop right there.
Who is doing the accusing?
What must we do- exactly – to be judged good performers? Jump through hoops? Sing opera arias? Tap dance? Wave a magic wand and make poverty vanish?
Who has done the judging?
And where is the table of data that shows us their score-cards?
Answers of sorts can be found further down in the report.
Most critically, we find we have been judged and found wanting by a couple of Pom academics who wrote a book.