Vernon Small at Stuff reports:
Action on child poverty is set to be a surprise package in Bill English’s fifth Budget on Thursday as the Government seeks to make an impact with limited cash to spend.
Last week, Labour leader David Shearer predicted the Budget would be “for the boardroom not the smoko room”.
But early signals suggest it will address some of the recommendations in the report to the children’s commissioner by the advisory group on child poverty.
Oh dear. if correct, Labour will need a new slogan to use.
Never mind the socialist mindset that the board room and the smoko room are contradictory targets.
Yesterday, Prime Minister John Key would not rule in or out a move on food in schools but said National would not back Mana leader Hone Harawira’s “feed the kids” member’s bill.
However, he pointed to his state of the nation speech in 2007 and the Government’s support for KidsCan, Fonterra’s milk in schools programme and an extension to the fruit in schools scheme as signals he backed such moves in partnership with business.
Oh wait is this the same evil business that Labour is targeting?