Mr Livingstone claims that levels of homelessness and drug addiction "dwarf anything we see even in the most deprived pockets of Europe". A recent study by the National Law Center on homelessness and poverty found in the US "700,000 people homeless on any given night, and up to 2 million people who experience homelessness during one year". The European document "Housing Policy in the EU Member States" quotes an estimate that, in 1993, there was a minimum of 2.5 million homeless households in Europe
Mr Livingston claims that "much of the so-called American economic revival has simply been the creation of low-wage, low-skill and casual employment". In fact, the rate of part-time employment in the US has stayed almost constant since 1986, according to the OECD.
If Europeans interested in dealing with their very serious economic problems had a better grasp of the facts of the US economy, rather than relying on stereotypes, myths and prejudices, then they might learn some valuable lessons. I am not holding my breath.
Dr JOSEPH EDWARD NEMEC
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