- Decide whether what matters to you is what serves your selfish interest or what would serve the social good. If you are genuinely concerned about the social good, you should ask what sacrifices you are being asked to make, not how others are going to pay.
- Pay no attention to a policy that promises to create jobs or reduce unemployment, unless it specifically mentions labour market policy.
- Ignore promise of goodies to be financed by stronger economic growth.
- Ignore any policy that labels social spending “investment”.
Matt has covered off alternative-budget, election-manifesto announcements from ACT, Labour, and the Greens. It would say that ACT fails on Point 3, and Labour on Point 2. I fully expect to see all the parties failing on one or more of these by the time of the election, and I will be looking out for examples in today's budget and the resulting discussion.