A number of people, thinking they are “bright sparks” circulate the following on the grounds that it provides “insight” into why jobs are tough to get in New Zealand. It in fact provides insight into:
1. a long list of things other people are able to do better than New Zealanders can at present;
2. a long list of things which cost less or are of higher quality or both or provide a better mix of money and quality than their N.Z. equivalent – if that exists at all; and,
3. proof positive that the level of economic education here remains dismal – which is probably why the subject of this story – should he decide to read an economics book – would find it was written elsewhere.
“John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock
(MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6 am.
While hiscoffeepot (MADE IN CHINA ) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG ). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE ) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA )
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA ) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA ) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY ) filled it with fuel (from Saudi Arabia ) and continued his search for a good paying JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (Made In Malaysia ), John decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL ) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE ) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA ), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in New Zealand.
Employment is more likely for John Smith than the promoter of this delusional pap.