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BUDGET 2014: Top tweets about the 2014 Budget

An updating collection of insightful and interesting tweets about the 2014 National Government Budget. As usual, most recent tweets are first. [Read more below]

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

Things I hate: alliterative names for budgets. They're childish and pathetic. Grow up.

 

Geoffrey Miller ‏@GeoffMillerNZ 

How many times has @RusselNorman said "cabinet club" in his speech? #Budget2014#nzbudget

 

Lew ‏@LewSOS  

I reckon that's the election well and truly in the bag.

 

Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams 

#Budget2014 TL;DR. John Key: hahaha lolcopter lollity lol lol lol. Money! It's a good thing! Labour are bad at it! hahahaha (cont)

 

Warwick Rasmussen ‏@beanbiz 

Why don't they just turn the microphones up, and not talk as loud? #Budget2014

 

Graeme Edgeler ‏@GraemeEdgeler 

I'm pretty sure the PM's speech is disorderly. Bringing the speaker into debate. Calling MPs only by their first names.

 

Morgan Godfery ‏@MorganGodfery 

National: we do what Labour does, but half it and call it responsible Labour: we do what National does but double it and call it equitable

 

Dovil ‏@Dovil 

According to my twitter feed this is a) a terrible budget and b) Labours.

 

Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams 

#budget2014 TL;DR. Cunliffe: "You guys are lame. And you nicked my ideas. We'd be better at this, honest"

 

Liam Dann ‏@liamdann 

Cheese-on-toast. Nicely grilled, with a little marmite, thinly spread for maximum effect - tasty but critics will say it lacks vitamins.

 

The Ruminator ‏@RuminatorNZ 

Budget day reminds me being a blogger is funner than being a journo. I don't have to read the budget. Just bitch in an misinformed way.

 

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

The big budget point is that spending more than $1.5 billion extra will push up interest rates. That's the agenda for the election I guess.

 

Tim Murphy ‏@tmurphyNZH 

That Labour 4% unemployment target looks pretty gettable with the Budget's own estimate it would fall to 4.4% by 2018.

 

Tom James ‏@tom_james_nz 

Wonder what the right of the national party thinks of this budget? Lots more sweet, sweet state intervention...

 

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

Govt shows zero tolerance for increasing police budget

 

Edward Bowie ‏@edbowie 

Cunliffe makes me feel better about not going to Church - watching him speak gives me the sense i'm experiencing divine intervention

 

KiwiBear ‏@RupertTheBeer 

Cheque duty gone? Well, that's it: National have sown up the over-80s vote. #Budget2014

 

Dave ‏@caffeine_addict 

theres noting in the budget for Twitter. What about us peeps who tweet. Nothing. Pathetic#nzbudget

 

Geoffrey Miller ‏@GeoffMillerNZ 

The "no milk, two sugars" #nzbudget? #Budget2014 #oravida @JudithCollinsMP

 

Lew ‏@LewSOS 

Flaw in NZLP political strategy: condition us to believe the sky is going to fall every year, so modesty looks like generosity. #nzbudget

 

Eric Crampton ‏@EricCrampton 

No sin tax hikes in #nz14, thankfully, but a reduction in duty-free cigarette limits.

 

NZ Question Time ‏@Alt_NZQT 

Headline: Cheque mate, Baby. #nzbudget

 

Dave ‏@caffeine_addict 

Cunliffe should get into rapping #fudgeitbudget

 

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress 

Arts, heritage and public broadcasting have pretty much taken a shellacking in #nzbudget2014

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

@publicaddress Yes, as opposed to those worthless parents, kids, Christchurch, innovative businesses and the rest.

 

Felix Marwick ‏@felixmarwick 

Cunliffe's calling it the Fudge it budget #NZBudget2014

 

Bill Ralston ‏@BillyRalston 

Pretty good budget. Kind of sad to hear Labour whimpering "It's all our idea, really."

 

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

Wait - what about housing? There's pretty much nothing to address housing, am I right?

 

Giovanni Tiso ‏@gtiso 

The first cousin twice removed of all budgets.

 

Michele A'Court ‏@MicheleACourt 

Free doctors visits for kids under 13 is wonderful. Would've made a difference when mine was little. #onlygoodbitsofar #nzbudget

 

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit 

Catchy. Already seen three political editor references to Baby Budget/Baby Bribe Budget.

 

La-mia ‏@LI_politico 

Just because National is playing in Labour's turf does not mean that they aren't doing other Nat-like things on the on the side. #nzbudget

 

Lew ‏@LewSOS 

Steady as she goes. Bill English is the quiet achiever of this gov't. History will remember him.#nzbudget

 

Geoffrey Miller ‏@GeoffMillerNZ 

Is this Michael Cullen's 10th budget? #Budget2014

 

Tim Murphy ‏@tmurphyNZH 

No surprises here: Treasury's Fiscal Outlook says this year's surplus achieved by government spending being 'rephased to later years'.

 

Dave Armstrong ‏@malosilima 

In which Bill English tells the large right-wing of the Nat party to STFU.

 

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

I guess my take on this budget is that the left is winning the debate: we didn't see a massive shift to the left from Nats in 2011

 

Duncan Garner ‏@Garner_Live 

'Bill's Baby' Budget - Articles - Duncan Garner - Shows - RadioLIVE:http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Duncan-Garner-Bills-Baby-Budget/tabid/674/articleID/45380/Default.aspx#.U3Qm6mF0kQY.twitter …

 

Eric Crampton ‏@EricCrampton 

No way that increasing eligibility for KiwiSaver first home subsidies helps affordability unless they're successful in fixing supply. #nz14

 

Patrick Gower ‏@patrickgowernz 

Bill English has just pulled out a "Baby Bribe Budget". Blog:http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Bill-Englishs-baby-bribe-Budget/tabid/1382/articleID/344330/Default.aspx … Bill's Baby Bribe Budget.

 

Warwick Rasmussen ‏@beanbiz 

"Accelerate", "more", "growing", "boosts", "extra", "better" and "responsible" among popular words in #Budget PR email subject lines so far.

 

Matthew Beveridge ‏@matthewjpb 

Is it just me, or are the @NZNationalParty tweets coming out a few secs before Bill says them?

 

Dovil ‏@Dovil 

A $372M surplus?! If you discount the billions of debt, WE'RE RICH!

 

Graeme Edgeler ‏@GraemeEdgeler 

Frontpage headlines from the @nzherald: "Big surplus" and from @NZStuff "Small surplus".

 

NZ Question Time ‏@Alt_NZQT 

So tariffs will save $3500 on building costs an 'average' house. In other words, just a letter box in Auckland. #nzbudget

 

Dave ‏@caffeine_addict 

RNZ says families are the winner in #nzbudget. But only if hte kids are under 13 and you have a low income. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/budget-2014/244396/families-the-winner-in-budget-2014 …

 

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

Although the big problem with free GP visits for <5s was the instant increase in demand with nothing done on the supply side

 

Grant Robertson ‏@grantrobertson1 

Cheque duty is gone. That'll turbo charge the economy. I expect to hear a rebate for cassette players and fondue sets next. #Budget2014

 

Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz 

The family friendly Budget - more details here via @NZStuffPolitics #Budget2014http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/budget-2014/10048649/Budget-2014-Paid-parental-leave-boost-free-GP-visits-to-under-13s …

 

Max Rashbrooke ‏@MaxRashbrooke 

Spending on health to fall 15% in real terms by 2018, education by 8%, acc to Budget docs. Well that's one way to get surpluses

 

Whaleoil ‏@Whaleoil 

So Bill English delivers yet another breeders budget

 

AnonyMs ‏@homecomeexpat 

@RuminatorNZ If the budget this year were a colour it would be beige. Or perhaps a soft off white.

 

Matthew Beveridge ‏@matthewjpb 

On going update of social media graphics and tweets about #nzbudget http://wp.me/p4jhfj-k3 

 

The Outrider ‏@unsung75 

Bill English has produced the ideal #insomniacure but when are these things ever exciting?

 

Tim Watkin ‏@Tim_Watkin 

Good to see $ for freight on rail & more transport $ for Akld very good... But is $375m all on roads? Families pkge aims to keep women vote

 

Sean Mahoney ‏@Seanjm72 

Key sends smoke signals for the election to come ... http://wp.me/p30B3S  budget2014

 

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit 

The AC/DC budget. http://www.stuff.co.nz/ 

 

Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc 

If I were Bill English delivering the NZ budget speech today, at the end of every paragraph I'd cough "Joe Hockey".

 

Megan Campbell ‏@MeganCampbellNZ 

@danylmc basically all Labour & greens can say is "but we'd do more and faster" but with what money?

 

La-mia ‏@LI_politico 

Vote Communications Security Intelligence is 4 pages. 1 page title, 1 page blank. The other two just tell us the whole figure. LOL.

 

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit 

"Paid parental leave extended and free doctors visits and prescriptions for children under 13." Communism by stealth!

 

Elle Hunt ‏@mlle_elle  3m

"Looks like the real way to get value out of this budget would be to have a kid," remarks@rnzgallerycraig

 

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

Writing Labour's reply speech to this budget must have been a crappy job

 

Iain Lees-Galloway ‏@IainLG 

Why does the ACC levy cut not come in for another year? ACC made a $5b surplus but Govt needs that income to make its wafer-thin surplus.

 

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

GCSB gets an extra $2 million. Guess that's what happens when you know who @johnkeypmhas been calling

 

3 News Editor ‏@3NewsEditor 

"Bill English has just pulled out a baby bribe Budget," writes @patrickgowernzhttp://ow.ly/wRukM  #Budget2014

 

Tim Watkin ‏@Tim_Watkin 

Great policy on up to 13 Drs' visits. But it's universal, so how does that square with Nats targetting argument?

 

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc 

Writing Labour's reply speech to this budget must have been a crappy job

 

Iain Lees-Galloway ‏@IainLG 

Why does the ACC levy cut not come in for another year? ACC made a $5b surplus but Govt needs that income to make its wafer-thin surplus.

 

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

GCSB gets an extra $2 million. Guess that's what happens when you know who @johnkeypmhas been calling

 

3 News Editor ‏@3NewsEditor 

"Bill English has just pulled out a baby bribe Budget," writes @patrickgowernzhttp://ow.ly/wRukM  #Budget2014

 

Tim Watkin ‏@Tim_Watkin 

Great policy on up to 13 Drs' visits. But it's universal, so how does that square with Nats targetting argument?

 

Jessica Williams ‏@mizjwilliams 

Budget lockup freebies! NZ shaped ginger biscuits. Just like Bill English's lucky cuff links#Budget2014 pic.twitter.com/i7SvheUtrr

 

Joshua Hitchcock ‏@jcphitchcock 

Best budget announcement: free GP visits and prescriptions extended from under 6s to under 13s.

 

Tim Watkin ‏@Tim_Watkin 

Has the government run out of ideas on housing? Still looks like its biggest weak spot. Bet@honbillenglish gritting his teeth over Kiwirail

 

Joshua Hitchcock ‏@jcphitchcock 

No need to listen to Bill speak, Everyone has pressed send at 2 pm :)

 

Simon Bradwell ‏@simonbradwellnz 

Is [APPLAUSE] written in to copies of the Budget given to backbench Govt MPs so they can clap at appropriate moments? Seems staged

 

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

It really is the labour-lite budget. Which is actually pretty good for a party in opposition.

David Farrar ‏@dpfdpf 

@norightturnnz Arguably good for keeping them there :-)

 

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 

(I regard getting other parties to adopt your policies as a victory, not a loss)

 

David Farrar ‏@dpfdpf 

If you do have old chequebooks at home, from tomorrow you can bring them in and get 5c refund per unusued cheque!

 

TVHE ‏@TVHE 

First reaction to Budget - looks like @NZNationalParty is more focused on social policy, inequality of opportunity, than @nzlabour. #nz14

 

Tim Watkin ‏@Tim_Watkin 

Sure is an election year budget - Nats spending on social policy tells you that. Clever? Lolly scramble?

 

Ben Heather ‏@BHeatherJourno 

More money for health including, at very rough first glance, $300m more for DHBs.#nzbudget

 

Tim Watkin ‏@Tim_Watkin 

Great policy on up to 13 Drs' visits. But it's universal, so how does that square with Nats targetting argument?

 

Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress 

Budget for Public Broadcasting Services down 3.8% in 2014/15. Sigh.

David Farrar ‏@dpfdpf 

@publicaddress Better than the $40 million cut for ABC in Australia

 

Demelza Leslie ‏@rnzdemelza 

Budget centrepiece is $500m package aimed at families. Includes free doctor visits & prescriptions for under 13s

 

Dave ‏@caffeine_addict 

budget surplus is $372 million. About a week's borrowing. #budget2014

 

Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng 

It's a very political budget - but the policies it uses for political purposes are actually quite good. http://publicaddress.net/onpoint/budget-2014-yeah-okay/ …

 

NZ Question Time ‏@Alt_NZQT 

18 weeks PPL. So Labour is pretty much cut off at the pass. #nzbudget

 

Keith Ng ‏@keith_ng 

Visualisation of #Budget2014, right here:http://publicaddress.net/keith/budget2014/HotTree.html …