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Some people were delighted that it was not a populist budget speech, especially since it is just months away from the elections.

Others thought it lacked content, that it did not outline policy, that it was a pandering budget without teeth.

For me? My concerns are very personal. You see, I am trying to let an apartment that I own. Every month that it stands empty, I grow a little poorer.

Temperatures this week might tell you otherwise, but summer is slowly, quietly, wending its way out of the southern hemisphere. I know this because there is a decidedly wintry chill in the very early morning air. And, also, the sun is rising later and later. Just weeks ago, I had to leave the comfort of my bed just after 5am if I wanted to catch the sun creeping over a mountain in the east to light up the sleeping city and rouse its inhabitants from their slumber. This week, sunrise is scheduled for 5.55am, which means that I can spend an extra half hour in bed before I have to don my running shoes and hit the road. Imagine my surprise when I emerged from my apartment block in the pre-dawn gloom and saw it hanging way up high, a large, cold white circle of light that looked like an LED disc floating in a cloudless sky. There it was; the moon as I have rarely seen it — a gently moving monochromatic sphere lighting up the semi-dark morning. Within minutes the sun would rise and its li...

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