Beware of political bribes for votes
Let's get one old chestnut out of the way before we even start this inevitable political auction season. Most of us had a pretty terrible time over the past eight years of economic recession. However, our political culture cannot and has not entirely changed over such a short passage of time.
So, pay no heed when politicians talk of "no-election giveaways". Since the dawn of popular democracy, vote-seeking has been about giving out sweeteners, incentives or, quite frankly, bribes by any other name. And it is us, the voters/taxpayers, who will foot the bill.
No political party is going to major their campaign on a promise to cut the national debt and balance the books. The best we can hope for - even given our recent "lost decade" - is a more credible set of bribes that will not bring us right back to where we started from. Stand by for promises that "are sensible and entirely affordable" and will also "stimulate the economy in a win-win situation".