So far, so predictable. This government is doing pretty much exactly what people expect Labour-led governments to do.
Whoops. I almost said that it’s doing what people elect Labour governments to do, but of course the Labour Party won only 38 per cent of the vote last September. In fact this government’s legitimacy may be permanently tainted by the suspicion that it was formed essentially as a result of Winston Peters’ desire for utu against the National Party.
But let’s put that inconvenient misgiving aside. How’s the Labour-led coalition actually doing, nine months into the job?