Recently, US Vice President Joe Biden claimed that U.S. workers “are three times as productive as any worker in the world.”

Of course he was currying favour but it does no good in the longer-term to pretend other than the truth.

The US is a highly productive nation – but much of that is down to its intellectual assets and its capital performance… labour performance is not bad but it is not outstanding.

So, please Joe .. .tell us the truth. We can take it … we might even vote for you … but we won’t if you treat us like kids who have to be told what you think we want to hear.