The target of returning to surplus this year was always a tough one.
A variety of factors outside the government’s control have made it much tougher.
The government could take a slash and burn approach to get to surplus this year.
Or it could continue for focus on what matters and take a little longer.
The Opposition would criticise it whatever it did but most people will recognise that other things matter more than the relatively insignificant difference between a small forecast surplus and a small forecast deficit.