The government has announced it will provide set top boxes for all pensioners.
That seems reasonable enough when we consider they're around for $50 ish, less even.
But no, the government's scheme is to cost $400 per person, including the installation.
Why on earth should taxpayers be shelling out $400 per person?
There are new digital LCD TV's available for under $300. Surely if they are going to do some pensioner vote buying, it would make more sense to get them a new digital TV. Anyone who is still using an old analog TV is going to have to get a new TV before much longer unless they have some unusually trusty old one.
This has all the hallmarks of pink batts all over again.