Guyon Espiner ended his North & South column on his predictions for government initiatives in the coming year by saying:
Which brings us to Labour, well it doesn’t really, but I guess I have to mention them. Right at the end.
There. I think that’s accorded them an amount of space commensurate with their level of relevance.
That’s the curse of opposition, especially when you’ve been there a short time after a very long time in government.
It’s even more difficult when the new government and the Prime Minister are as popular as this National-led one and John Key are at the moment.
If Labour highlight a problem or propose new policy they’ll be asked why they didn’t do something about it when they were in power.
That’s if anyone takes any notice which isn’t likely when, as Espiner points out, they’re barely relevant.