A perfect political budget

The Green party voted for a National budget.

Finance Minister Steven Joyce’s maiden budget wasn’t full of election bribes – although it was clearly an election-driven play.

There was additional pressure on Joyce for this one. He was fresh out of the gate, he had cash to splash and there are people in New Zealand currently living on the bones of their backside. …

Joyce has also successfully corralled the Opposition into a tough spot, where they have the choice of supporting the Government’s income package or they can promise those same voters they’ll take it away for an as-yet undetermined alternative, if they become the Government.

Nearly every voter will have banked the changes to their income as a done deal, even though it only comes into effect in April, next year. Many people will be expecting any promise between now and September to be on top of what was revealed in the Budget.

Even better for Joyce, both NZ First and the Greens voted to support the $2b Families income package (even if it was begrudgingly), while Labour was left the lone vote of dissent.

So as far as bribes go, Joyce’s first budget could buy him the ears of 1.3m voters, but he’s only offering what they’re arguably entitled to. If there are any “bribes”, they’ll come closer to the election. Politically, is where this budget has been a success.

That’s Labour’s boxed into a $2.1b red corner, while the Greens stand figuratively in the blue.

National also need to keep at least a billion to the side to pay for Winston’s loyalty.


– Stacey Kirk, Stuff

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

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