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    Are British civil servants doomed to fail in the land of the Hobbit?

    by  • January 30, 2013 • Articles, Comment, The Guardian • 0 Comments

    The recent fate of UK leaders in New Zealand highlights the difficulty of parachuting in managers from one country to another. Every country has different rules for its public services – which is why UK civil servants aren’t always a hit overseas. “An unexpected journey” is the subtitle of the first Hobbit film, New...

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    A rug from a homeless man

    by  • October 3, 2012 • Comment • 5 Comments

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    This week’s Listener carries an account of three weeks I spent in a cold, dirty boarding house in Wellington, researching the lives of people who have ended up at the bottom of the inequality spectrum, and how they are treated. It was an eye-opening experience, and I urge everyone to read the piece, out...

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    Inequality – what’s the solution?

    by  • September 21, 2012 • Comment • 4 Comments

    Our first talk on inequality at Te Papa, on September 13, was a huge success: a great crowd of well over 200 people, and a fantastic array of speakers setting out all the reasons – personal, social, and economic – why we should worry about the widening divide. Now, we’re gearing up for the...

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