If Ruth Richardson's first Budget was the Mother of All Budgets, perhaps Bill English's fiscal debut was the Nagging Mother-In-Law of All Budgets.
Where Ruthenomics was about taking stuff off people and telling them it was good for them, the English version was more an effort to cajole, hint, chivvy and manoeuvre people to change - in as passive- aggressive a way as possible.
Tactfully, Mr English undertook his oblique nagging in as boring a tie as could be found anywhere - a dingy navy stripe.
He got through the speech without mentioning the operative word "cuts", talking instead of caps, reallocations, deferrals and "reviews" which had "freed up money" for Other Things.
In his customary ungarnished Southern Man honk, Mr English fortified his naggage with gruesome accounts of the 10 years of Budget deficits to come, and the dire consequences if the other countries we owe money to grow tired of financing our lifestyles.
However, he was unable to stifle a cheeky snort when he announced the $50 million for Prime Minister John Key's pet national cycleway project. But apparently that was okay, because Mr Key lampooned the project himself, when he seconded the Budget.
"The minister of finance tried to give me $100 million for it, but I said, 'Nah, [I won't] be greedy!' "
Having dealt with Bill English's southernness, Clifton turns the spotlight on John Key and Phil Goff - and we looooooove Phil's new nickname:
Lolling sideways across his bench as if telling jokes in the pub, Mr Key gave a highly folksy interpretation of the Budget: "We rock up with more money so young mums can stay in hospital longer!" was his explanation of the new maternity services policy.
He dubbed Labour leader Phil Goff "Whack-it-on-the-bill Phil", a nickname that was echoed frequently by rapturous National backbenchers.
Perhaps it was having to witness National MPs ecstatic about the retention of Labour policies they once opposed - student loan concessions, Working for Families - but Mr Goff was a furnace of rage.
Occasionally he had to pause to mop his brow, his complexion flushing from its usual ecru to a dangerous shade of pink. For there was a lot to get one's head around. This "dishonest" Budget was both "a copout!", and "a slash-and-burn exercise!" at the same time.
She then makes a passing reference to Sir Roger Douglas before giving Keeping Stock's old mate David "Cunners" Cunliffe the Clifton treatment, much to our amusement:
Mr Cunliffe, hopelessly overstimulated, made bellicose interjections - most of them miles off the immediate topic - all the way through the National speeches, rather like a drunk heckling a council meeting.