New Zealand, still quite nice – the evidence

We are forced to pay too much tax! Us poor, oppressed, hard-working businessmen/workers/farmers/housewives/voters have suffered for too long under this tyranny!

Actually, no. The OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics reveal that… the OECD is crushingly boring. To save you having to read all that, have a graph instead:

So our taxes are pretty slap bang in the middle.

But, but, but… we’re living in a nation of corruption!

Sigh… Transparency International’s 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index, results being:

Equal first – Denmark, New Zealand, & Sweden
Fourth – Singapore
Equal fifth – Finland, Switzerland

Take that, Finland! Also, NZ, less corrupt than pretty much everywhere.

Anyway, in news from the rest of the world:

“With unemployment expected to reach three million by the end of next year, economists were last night warning of Billy Bragg.”

Economists find a new proxy measure of social and economic hard times – “In the current study, facial and body characteristics of Playboy Playmates of the Year from 1960-2000 were identified and investigated to explore their relationships with U.S. social and economic factors”. (Here’s the data, and I can’t believe that I have to say this about econometric data, but it’s SFW.)

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