There is always some coincidental symbolism between the overall budget framework and the lunch packs served to economists in the lockup. We moved from a buffet menu in the pre-Covid era to lamb chops in 2021 as a practical implementation of cutting the fat.

This year’s lunches, like the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), were nicely packaged but missed important ingredients. The packs had all the must haves — beetroot, pumpkin, samp and lamb — but missed the chicken of previous years. ..

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