Posted by: John McGerr | May 3, 2009

It’s a thought…

I came across the following piece on another Blog.  It’s tagged as humour but like a lot of good humour it has a certain sting to it that reflects reality. I can remember the ‘Guaranteed Irish’ campaigns that ran here in Ireland in the 1980’s with the aim of promoting Irish goods and protecting Irish jobs. As we got more involved with EU the notion fell out of favour and I’m sure it’s to anyone’s long term benefit. Given that our politicians are fond of the quick fix there has been little effort to build a long term structure that might survive economic downturns or weather them better.  Anyway, have a read, I think it’s thought provoking…..[PS if you read the original you’ll see my obvious substitution]

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (made in Japan) for 6am. While his (made in China) coffee pot was perking, he shaved using his (made in Hong Kong) electric razor. He decided to wear a dress shirt (made in Sri Lanka), designer jeans (made in Singapore) and tennis shoes (made in Korea). Upon 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 that day. He set his watch (made in Taiwan) to the radio (made in India), he got in his car (made in Germany), filled it with petrol (imported from Saudi Arabia) then continued his search for a good paying  job. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe checked his computer (made in Malaysia ). De-stressing, Joe 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). Thinking about the busy day he had, Joe began to wonder why he is having such a difficult time finding a good paying job in – IRELAND.



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