There was a letter in todays Guardian which I thought amusing. Boris Johnson is trying to ban some strikes on the basis that if less than 50% of the relevant union members vote that the vote wouldn’t count:

I was intrigued to read Boris Johnson’s call for legislation to invalidate the results of ballots where less than half the eligible electorate exercise their right to participate (Second tube strike over job cuts hits millions of London commuters, 5 October). Presumably we can expect the resignation of the mayor of London (elected on a turnout of 45.33%) forthwith?

Dr Richard Hayton

University of Huddersfield


Continuing on from my last post this Henderson issue continues. Today Brad DeLong uses the following image to show how rich Henderson is

Now the guesstimate from a previous post was that Henderson earns $455,000. Which makes him the “the 107,565 richest person in the world! ”  according to this site. But looking at the site there are some problems. Lets suppose that instead of being in the top 0.001% of the world Henderson is the world, i.e. he earns world gdp which for 2009 according to the World Bank was $72302635000000.This gets the following result:

Which you might notice is similar to Henderson’s position. As is the result for someone earning $200,001.However, the person who earns $200,000 a year is merely “786,570 richest person in the world!” What a difference a dollar makes! So who made the site? Answer is

Poke are a creative company based in London. Our aim is to inspire people through interactive media. We built this site because we wanted to challenge people’s perception of their personal wealth. And while we’re at it hopefully raise some money for a good cause.

Why have they made the site?

We are obsessed with wealth. But we gauge how rich we are by looking upwards at those who have more than us. This makes us feel poor.We wanted to do something which would help people understand, in real terms, where they stand globally. And make us realise that in fact most of us (who are able to view this web page) are in the privileged minority. We want people to feel rich. And give some of their extra money to a worthwhile charity.

Long and short I wouldn’t trust this site as far as i can throw it. And as it is an internet site, I can’t throw it at all. So a ‘radical’ creative company in London spouting shite in, you guessed it, Shoreditch:  View Map

Only odd thing about the website is that its not called trashbat.co.ck Bloody Nathan Barleys.