A whole column is wasted as he trudges through the same old same old tired litany of leftist claptrap.
The fool (who usually doesn't let his guard down so badly) doesn't realise that ordinary Mums and Dads don't want to be there just to be 'his poor' so that he can continue to draw a salary spruiking for them. He actually admits he has lost the war because his erstwhile 'poor' now have become rich Mums and Dads.
The newly rich aren't being asked to buy shares in basket cases like KiwiRail.......
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.........Instead English is offering plum assets such as Kiwibank. It's a big money maker and he wants to let the "mum and dad" investors join the party.
Nowhere is there a better demonstration that the left needs to keep you poor in order for it to survive and prosper. They need to keep you dependent on them for your meal ticket. How dare these ordinary hard working New Zealanders get ahead on their own! We can't have that.
The silly bugger doesn't realise he gave the game away with his too clever closing one liner. The Left don't like it when a center right government actually makes the poor a little better off. It's like sticking cold steel up their Omdurmans.
Let real political debate begin. I'm not jealous of the rich's new wealth. I'm just annoyed that in the Budget they got it at the expense of the poor.
Only problem with his argument is that the poor all were made a little bit better off by the budget. But facts never got in the way of a good leftist mantra.
McCarten should go off and join Phil The Greek's strategy team. They might give him some lessons.