Today’s Budget is a blue one, literally and figuratively.
It’s got a bright blue cover and it will be one which is written with the understanding of the importance of sound financial management.
Finance Minister Bill English was looking cheerful in his pre-Budget interviews yesterday and he deserves to.
In spite of the woeful state in which Labour left the economy, and the natural and financial crisis with which the government has had to deal, National has done what it said it would.
It took the rough edges of the worst effects of the recession, reduced the cost of government while maintaining services and has on back on track to surplus in the next financial year.
Only the blinkered would believe that this would have been possible with a red or a red/green budget.
The government is launching an update of its Budget app for smartphones and tablets with interactive features that allow users to see how much tax they pay and how their tax dollars are spent.
It went live at 2pm as the Budget delivery began.
You can find it here.