Labour wasn’t prepared for opposition when John Key led the National Party to its election win in 2008.
Nor was it prepared for government when Winston Peters anointed it last year.
It wasted nine years in opposition, wracked by internal dissent, spending a lot more time on leadership wrangles than policy development.
It didn’t expect to win last year’s election and so made stupid promises, like the fees-free tertiary education, it didn’t think it would have to keep.
The price for Labour’s lack of preparedness is a policy vacuum which Checkpoint points out it has filled with reviews, working groups, advisory groups and investigations.
Ministers have announced 39 of those in three months – one every four days.
A few might be acceptable, even wise, for a new government, 39 is not.
Instead of a government of action we’ve got one of inaction and prevarication.
Instead of governing, it’s marking time while it marshalls the policies it ought to have been working on in opposition.