Phil Goff has admitted that Labour made a few mistakes and let sideshows sidetrack them from what really mattered.
But he hasn’t yet and maybe never will, accept that they also did the wrong thing with the things that mattered.
He cites Working For Families as one of Labour’s achievements.
Turning middle and upper income families into beneficiaries is nothing to be proud of. This policy and others like interest free student loans, KiwiRail, buying vast tracts of the high country at inflated prices . . . put New Zealand into recession early and continue to hold back the recovery.
Nanny state sideshows annoyed people. But Labour’s expensive social policies and the handicaps they put in the way of economic growth did, and continue to do, much more harm.