FIFTY YEARS BEHIND.
TOURIST CRITICISES NEW
New /York "Life" recently had a rather complimentary' article on New Zealand and its progressive legislation. The journal said what it knew and it seemed; to know the facts: However, Mr E. A. Gowran, of Minnetonka Beach, did not see New Zealand as it appeared to "Life." He informs the New. York journal that ''it, was our misfortune to visit New Zealand last winter, and we had an opportunity to learn something of the actual results of the 'advanced position' and 'progressive (?) methods of government so widely advocated these days by leadpencil theorists, and we wish that thc.;e so anxious for all these socialistic theories might be obliged to go to New Zealand and live.
"The net results in New Zealand, as we saw them, were to place a complete embargo on all progress and rob the individual of all incentive to put forth his best efforts. True^—it has placed all on a level; but that level is of such a low order that the result is disastrous to the progress and well-being of the country as a whole> and the condition of the people is such as prevailed elsewhere in the world 50 years ago. Itt other words, New Zealand seems to be 'progressing' (?) backward. ' ",Crude and Out of Date."
"We have visited, as tourists, nearly every country in the -world, and, we were never among a people supposed to be civilised where living conditions were so .crude," out-of-date, and uncomfortable generally for the tourist as we found them in New Zealand; and the people iii general were: the most crtidej mediocre, aiid backwoods lot. In fact, these conditions are far better in Japan and in many other countries that we usually consider as being far less civilised than New Zealand. As regards labour conditions, after 20 years of government by the Labour Party and the 'labour.laws, there seemed to us to be more strikes and labour troubles generally than we know anything about here. .;
"In New Zealand as soon as a business becomes profitable; and successful the Government claims it arid takes it over, .and.,thereafter-the sanie .business' | is conductd ,'py the Government directIv or is split up and sold to small [holders wi£h\ little or no capital—the Government; furnishing the capital on long time and very low interest. The prosperous, successful man is treated as an enemy to society in general, and the sick, lame, and the lazy are petted and nursed to the point where the successful man finds himself better off if he drops, back in the line of march. Consequently 'there is nothing doing.' ''You lead-pencil theorists forget that it is not 'the dear people' that make the wheels of.progress; go'round—but here and there is a bright individual who 'does things.'"
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8807, 2 March 1914
FIFTY YEARS BEHIND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8807, 2 March 1914
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