May 27, 2006

THE CAKE INCIDENT

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April 26, 2006

TIME ECOLOGY

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April 20, 2006

ONLY SO MUCH CAKE
TO GO ROUND

by the Sandwichman

Yesterday, Sandwichman and his entourage delivered a home-baked devil's food cake inscribed "WORK LESS" to the office of the BC Progress Board as a token of gratitude for their tacit endorsement of the Work Less platform. Very tacit. Video will be posted in good time.

The cake motif might bear some explication. In April of last year, BC Business magazine published an article that profiled the Work Less Party platform. Sarah Efron, author of the piece, also interviewed the opposition. Thus appeared a quote from Jock Finlayson, executive vice president of the British Columbia Business Council, "Tom Walker is a passionate advocate of the idea that you can have your cake and eat it too." Upon reading the quote, I fervently clutched the magazine to my breast and exclaimed, "I am! I am! I am!"

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TO GO ROUND"

Posted by sandwichman at 09:15 PM | Comments (0)

BC PROGRESS BOARD ENDORSES
WORK LESS PLATFORM!

by the Sandwichman

Vancouver, BC -- A discussion paper issued by the BC Progress Board has called for substantially more time off work for British Columbians. Well, not quite. The Progress Board's report didn't actually mention reducing the hours of work. But it did prominently feature a key statistic that, on closer inspection, trumpets the benefits of the Work Less Party platform.

The Progress Board, a quasi-independent advisory group set up in 2001 by British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, lamented the fact that Canada's productivity ranking among 24 OECD countries had fallen from 5th place in 1970 to 17th in 2004. What they failed to mention, though, is the reason for that low ranking. Fifteen of the countries ranked ahead of Canada work substantially fewer hours per year. And in the 14 European countries with a significant productivity edge, workers averaged 245 hours -- or roughly six weeks -- less per year than Canadians.

The Work Less Party has produced a reply to the BC Progress Board productivity report that calls for a broader dialogue on productivity -- a dialogue based on understanding, rather than overlooking, the role of leisure as a prime contributing factor to productivity.

Read the Work Less Party's Reply to the BC Progress Board's discussion paper on productivity.

Posted by sandwichman at 09:13 PM | Comments (0)

LUMP WATCH:
THOSE FRENCH SURE HAVE THEIR COLBERTIAN GAUL!

by the Sandwichman

Boris Johnson is Conservative MP for Henley. According to Mr. Johnson, the French lump of labour is "Colbertian", which is to say mercantalist (in France, by the way, the lump-of-labor fallacy is sometimes referred to as le malthusianisme). In today's Telegraph, Johnson wrote:

At last someone at the top of French government has rejected the Colbertian lump of labour fallacy, the idea that there will be more work to go round if you restrict the amount that each person does, an economic misconception that has turned potentially productive French workers into lumps of inertia.

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THOSE FRENCH SURE HAVE THEIR COLBERTIAN GAUL!"

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LUMP WATCH:
THOSE FRENCH SURE HAVE THEIR GAUL!

by the Sandwichman

It's official. Bear shits in woods. Sandwichman knew this was coming -- surprised only that it took all of two weeks or so for the proverbial lump-of-textbook-legend fatuity to appear. The troubles in France can be traced to the French populace's unshakeable belief in an idea that cannot withstand a nanosecond of thought, that there's only so much work to go round.

Cookie-cutter "libertarian" think-tank clone Allister Heath asks the perennial question, Is France ungovernable? He finds the redoubtable lump at the heart of the matter:

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THOSE FRENCH SURE HAVE THEIR GAUL!"

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