Colin James makes a good point in his latest column which talks about the rightward shift this budget has created:
Longer term, the Budget points to smaller government. Core spending is projected to fall from 35 per cent of GDP now to 28 per cent in the early 2020s. The last National leader to talk such numbers was Don Brash.
That’s right, Don Brash.
Like I’ve been saying since before the election. Key is no centrist.
However having just pulled off this hard right move the government seems to be emboldened enough to start talking asset sales and further attacks on beneficiaries. Let’s hope they meet stronger opposition on that.