While New Zealand's narrative is similar to the United Kingdom's, the following piece from The Scotsman provides a more optimistic slant:
Modern Scots are living in relative luxury compared with conditions 150 years ago.
Two people were sharing every room in a home, the 1861 census shows, compared with a current average of two rooms for every person.
The term 'relative' should be employed in both a contemporary and historic sense.
In the developed world, we are all undoubtedly richer today then ever before.
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