For a 2021 Budget, this was all about desperately attempting to repair the 30 year damage of Ruth Richardson’s Mother of All Budgets while waking up the slumbering corpse of Muldoon’s Think Big economic nationalism.
- There is a miserly upgrade of welfare.
- Māori Caucus Forced over $973m in extra funding.
- Climate change gets sweet fuck all.
- Infrastructure wins huge.
You would look at this budget and say, ‘great first steps’, sadly however this is the Government’s 4th budget, and unless the baby has no actual legs, this is a tad underwhelming. Here are the 2021 Winners and Losers.
Low expectations – Doesn’t it say how much we love to bash the dirty filthy benny that our expectations for welfare are so low? Despite this still being the largest raise in welfare, the pittance we are giving here is in stark contrast with the $60billion we pumped into the pockets of property speculators.
Māori Caucus, Matt McCarten & Māoridom – Last budget, Willie Jackson got $900m for Māori, this budget $973m. That’s more money for Māori than anyone has ever managed before. When the Māori Party ask what has the Labour Caucus achieved, – almost 2billion extra in money can be the answer. When Matt McCarten plotted in 2016 to take Willie and the Urban Māori vote away from the Māori Party and join Labour, it was a fundamental reason why Labour won 2017. Jackson has gone onto deliver more for Māoridom from Labour than any other MP.
Infrastructure – $57.3b over 5 years. Where the workers will come from, Christ only knows. The argument for a Ministry of Works grows stronger with every budget.
Muldoon’s Ghost – Delve into this and we are seeing Labour trying to foster self reliance and manufacturing. Think Big is back.
CTU – Gets more slush funds on top of the $250k for Fair Pay Agreements to look at Unemployment Insurance.
Landlords – With no rent freeze in place, the extra money into Welfare will be stolen by greedy landlords.
Beneficiaries – Some will rejoice at the $50 extra a week, but when you consider that a raise of $200 per week was required, Labour are still tinkering rather than eradicating poverty.
Poto Williams – Attempted with 400 other woke activists to stop Willie Jackson from joining Labour in 2016. He has gone onto deliver more for Māori than any other MP. How are those woke feeling now?
Climate Change – How weak are the Greens? They get bugger all for climate change. If this is our generations nuclear moment, we are failing by every measure.
Sacred Right Wing Neoliberal Cows – Free Trade Uber Allas is over.
Pharmac – Needed $400million a year, got $50million. People will die before they see their medicines funded.
Nurses – Labour will use more money for beneficiaries as the reason they won’t give much in a pay rise for Nurses.
Homeless – Not getting out of that Motel any time soon.
It will keep the Middle Classes happy until the House prices start to tank. Cautious rather than timid.
It doesn’t end the Mother of all Budget nightmares, but it does briefly wake us. In that there is hope.
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