New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has proposed a 4 day working week.
The irony is not lost on me. In 1976, Lew went on hunger strike in King George Square because he had been cut off the dole. Among the politicians he talked to at the time was a Social Security Minister, to whom he expressed the view that a four day working week would help with long term unemployment.
Like the UBI and many other ideas Lew supported, it was an idea before its time. He was rubbished, derided and treated with contempt, not only by bureaucrats but by his own family, more often than not.
Maybe the time has arrived for ideas like Lew’s to get the hearing they’ve always deserved. I hope so.