Will there be howls of outrage?
by Jake Quinn
My National Party voting friends and colleagues have for the last 9 years harangued me about that bloody overtaxing government that gives the dole to people too lazy to work, funds interest free student loans for those bloody lazy students, turns middle class families into bludgers through working for families, does nothing to drag us into the top half of the OECD or to close the wage gap with Aussie, and stifles entrepreneurial and private enterprise by not slashing taxes.
So I suppose they were fuming yesterday as Bill English delivered his government’s first Budget. Tax cuts cancelled, entitlements (to dole, interest free student loans, working for families, level of national super) mostly retained, no bold growth focused policies to rocket us up the OECD rankings and nothing to address the wage gap.
The Budget was bland and that is not an entirely bad thing. As many commentators have noted, there was no deep dark secret agenda. This (minus the mad move to forget about saving for superannuation for a decade or two) was a Labour budget on a strict diet, but without any vision. It just goes to show how significant an impact the last government has had on shifting this country’s political debate leftward.
So will grumpy National voters be taking to the streets to demand their tax cuts, and that those bloody students and beneficiaries be given a good kicking? I don’t think so. As their rhetoric was, after all, only hot ‘grumpy old man’ air in the first place.