The National Government's new 'bright idea' to try to deal with the growing unemployment queue is to stick some unfortunate beneficiaries in minimum-wage jobs at McDonald's.
Under the deal WINZ will supply McDonald's with cheap labour - reportedly 7000 staff in service roles in the 30 more fast food outlets it intends to open over the next five years.
Preposterously McDonald's say that some of the jobs are "positions which provide a career path'. Yes, you will 'graduate' from serving quarter pounders to making coffees in McCafe.
While the National Governments seeks to offload some of the jobless on Ronald McDonald, it has announced today that there is no money available to fund extra places at the polytechnics.
According to Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics executive director Dave Guerin, between 6000 and 8000 students will be turned away because of the Government caps on expenditure.
Yes, New Zealanders will get shut out of polytechnic courses - but they can go and flip burgers instead.
On the National Party website we read:
'The National Party seeks a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand that creates opportunities for all New Zealanders to reach their personal goals and dreams.'