Looking at the superficial side of the budget one may be tempted to be persuaded by its “goodies”, but to the discerning, the question to ask is where are the measures that point to real growth and development in human and economic terms. Which is why there is merit in the argument that the budget is more political than developmental, offering palliatives as a cover-up to real issues, the solution to which is the lifeblood of this nation going forward.

For how else can one look at the minuscule measures aimed at lower-level workers and other handouts here and there for pensioners and the disabled et al?

These are certainly welcome to this group, but is this the objective, to appeal to the material instincts of the vulnerable, so that they gleefully accept what comes their way without question, concluding in their minds that this is indeed a “good budget” for which the Government should be rewarded with their vote?

And even for the not-so-simple minded, the net effect is the same, for with no measures significantly jeopardising business and corporate interests et al, the likely reaction from this group is that it is indeed a budget that can be accepted with little question.

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