Polly Toynbee: The chasm between us | Politics | The Guardian


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So to talk of “average” incomes or GDP per capita in the US is meaningless: there is no “average”, only first world and third world, with virtually no mobility between the two. International figures should no longer be given in such crude statistics. Who has what defines a nation, not how much is in the pot from which only the well-off feed. OECD figures on health, wealth or employment should all be reconfigured to describe where the money lies within nations. If Bill Gates moved to Albania its GDP would soar meaninglessly. A statisticians’ joke says that a man with his head in the oven and his feet in the fridge is on average OK: in reality he’s dead.

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