This Budget should be the big one
By John Roughan
4:00 AM Saturday May 1, 2010

May might be the merry month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere but here it is Budget month.

From now until the economic prospectus is read to Parliament, every utterance of Bill English will be analysed for a hint of how good this Government might be.

This is the big one. John Key's Government might last a long time on his likeable manner and Steven Joyce's tactical judgment but if it is ever going to do something of significant value to the national economy, it will do it now.

Next year it will be playing safe for the election. If it wins, future Budgets will follow the course it was on when it won a second term, the course it will disclose on May 20.

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