If the budget is to by criticised by Labour as pandering to 'Rich Pricks' and by the more rabid 'Right' for failing to implement their agenda then you might be forgiven for thinking English got it about right. I will follow the that debate with interest.
But what fascinated me were the respective speeches by Phil Goff and John Key that followed.
Phil was full of righteous indignation; neck veins to the fore as his blood pressure reached dangerous levels. Problem however was that his speech was almost totally incoherent and he really lost it and all credibility when he lambasted the Government for not having diverted the $200m in 'windfall' (his words) excise tax on smoking to smoking reduction programmes ..... Phil dear boy ..... this after you spent it last week on your promise to remove GST on fruit and vegetables.
I will say this s l o w e l y for Phil's benefit .... you can't spend it twice old son. What is it to be .... removing GST or smoking reduction?
But it was to get worse. John Key ripped into him taking the House on a trip down memory lane and reminding them that Phil sat in a Cabinet that increased GST by 2.5% (without any warning) and justified it as an offset to tax reductions .... all in the name of fairness and stimulating the economy ... something that Phil had railed against just minutes earlier.
He made Phil look stupid and his team cringe. The House was in uproar.
Key decked Goff and Goff didn't even see it coming.