Buggered if I know and I suspect that most of the commentators and experts – if pushed – would probably come to a similar conclusion.
Bernard Keane over at Crikey makes the very valid point that a single budget isn’t really going to affect things all that much but it’s in the interests of the media and the pollies to beat it up into the all singing, all dancing budget day.
Why, I don’t know. Something to do with “narrative” or “discourse”, I suspect.
My opinion of the budget, based on blind hatred of the Tories and the fact that Neil Mitchell doesn’t like it, would be that Kruddy and Swanny have pretty much got the mixture right. True, I would have liked less of the “fiscal discipline” and more of the “social control of the means of production, distribution and exchange to the extent necessary to eliminate exploitation”*, but that’s just me.
There’s always some cunt, whinging that “there’s nothing in it for me”. Well, tough shit buddy. We’re in the middle of the worst international financial crisis since 1930.
Shut the fuck up.
*This is an incredibly obscure political in-joke. I will buy a roast diner for anybody who can pick it.