Grading one year of government

After a year in charge here are some gradings of the parties in Government.

Labour: B-

There have been some wins, let’s be clear about that.but at some point the pain of those on the bottom must shame this Party into actually doing something, not just pretty words and symbolism.

Jacinda continues to be their strongest performer with Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker, Willie Jackson, Kiritapu Allan, Deborah Russell, Marja Lubeck, Tamiti Coffey, Damien O’Connor, Greg O’Connor and Michael Wood being star performers to date.

Lot’s of talking, very little walking at this stage.

NZ First: B+

…they’ve done enough to keep their voters happy. The weird thing about the NZ values was just laughable. If Jones can get the forestry side working from planting, to cutting to working the wood here to building with it, he will be one of the greatest economic architects NZ has ever produced.

Greens: C-

After the meltdown of the 2017 election, there have been some wins, of that there can be no doubt, while Chloe, Jan Logie and Julie Anne Genter continue to be their best performers…but unfortunately it’s the fuck ups that gain media attention.

The Greens have become a middle class vehicle for alienating woke identity politics…

The Greens have gone backwards every election for the last 3 elections, tone policing on Twitter (I’m not making that up, there really is a ‘tone policing’ call out) doesn’t seem the way forward.

That’s from Martyn Bradbury in One year of the new Government: The faded hope of a hollow promise – grading Labour, NZ First & Greens


There have been small victories but essentially the neoliberal bureaucracy and Ministries rule this Government, not the other way around and unless Labour, NZ First and the Greens find a way to shame the Ministries into reform, the Wellington Elites will continue to run the agenda, not the representatives of the people.

So the revolution driven by the Auckland Left has not transpired, yet at least.

Another left wing view (David Cormack): The politics of doing jack-all

Government, it’s time to start dominating the story. This last quarter you did jack-all and went up in the polls anyway.

When you started you were a shambles. You were disorganised, you didn’t know what you were doing, you clearly hadn’t expected to be in government and you out-sourced all your actual governing to others.

Oh sure you have done some things, and you’re running a lot better now, but if the government was a movie, this last year felt less like an action packed resolution scene, and more like a long establishing shot. An establishing shot full of working groups.

So while the past 12 months has been marked by the Government slowly getting its act together …the next 12 months promise more. But with that promise comes risk, because there’s a lot of hype about this politics of kindness. And if people start to feel like they’re not getting what they voted for then you’ll burn through a lot of capital. And it’s debatable whether you’ve earned much capital to burn.

More from Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: Verdicts on the Government’s first year

And an editorial from ODT: Labour’s satisfactory first year

The passing of the one-year mark by the coalition Government has provided opportunities to assess its performance. Generally, these reviews have been positive, and we agree with these opinions.

But, when all is said and done, the Government will flourish or flounder on economic conditions. If the lack of business confidence is reflected in employment and growth, if changed industrial laws affect competitiveness, if New Zealand becomes too expensive and less efficient as it is in danger of becoming then Labour will suffer.

Just as the strong United States economy has helped add a layer to President Donald Trump’s support, so Labour’s success will depend on the economy and on-going effects of Labour’s policies on people’s monetary wellbeing. So far so good. Labour and its coalition have navigated the first year satisfactorily.

And they are still in, which has exceeded some expectations. They have the opportunity to do a lot more over the next two years and live up to some of their promise and promises.



  1. Corky

     /  October 30, 2018

    Small business now feeling the pinch because of petrol prices. They are the engine room of our economy, so it’s easy to extrapolate from there. Come the 2 year mark, the grades for this government will have slipped markedly. Thank god( in some ways) we only have a three year election cycle.

    • lurcher1948

       /  October 30, 2018

      The cost of petrol is falling Corky but keep flying the National flag, it’s your comfort blanket

      • Corky

         /  October 30, 2018

        The cost of petrol is falling? Look up the word ”averages.”

    • Griff.

       /  October 30, 2018

      The rising price of petrol is mostly due to the exchange rate.
      You being a trumpies are a fan of the change because it is his policy’s
      that are causing our exchange rate to fall vrs the USA droller.

  2. The Government’s greatest achievement to date is having given National the Spanish archer. All else is a bonus.

    • Corky

       /  October 30, 2018

      Good to see you are off the carrot wine today, Robert.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  October 30, 2018

    I largely agree with Bradbury …

    The pendulum has a looooooooong way to swing back …

    And a lot of pressure on it not to move.

    There’s room for plenty of improvement if they can come up with the policy and the courage.

    • PartisanZ

       /  October 30, 2018

      Genuinely do something about Social Housing asap …

      Get on with the Cannabis Law reform legislation and Reeferendum asap …

      Some real tangibles well before the 2020 election …

  4. robertguyton

     /  October 30, 2018

    While we’re at it, can we grade the Opposition too?
    That’d be fun!

    • PartisanZ

       /  October 30, 2018

      Wouldn’t fit the daily attack Labour-led agenda Robert …

      But aside from that …. What’s to rate!!!??? *boom boom*

  5. Zedd

     /  October 30, 2018

    heres a couple of other grades:

    Natl F
    act F-

    LOSERS !! 😀

    • robertguyton

       /  October 30, 2018

      Two “F”s! Some people don’t give two effs for either of those parties!

      • Zedd

         /  October 30, 2018

        ‘Two “F”s! Some people don’t give two effs for either of those parties!’ sez RG

        “Tautoko” actually I was going to give, Act ‘E for effort’ but in the recent poll they have dropped to ZERO%.. so… 😀

        • robertguyton

           /  October 30, 2018

          An ‘E’ for Act??
          How about a zed, Zedd?

          • Griff.

             /  October 30, 2018

            Be fair guys ACT gets more letters.

          • Zedd

             /  October 30, 2018

            I’ll give Act/Seymour one thing over Natl.. at least they seem to have a political agenda; support business/personal responsibility etc.

            Natl’s only agenda/policy.. seems to be one of ‘Populism/win at any cost’ esp. look after the top 50.1% who kept them in power for 9 loooong years

  6. alloytoo

     /  October 30, 2018

    One year later…….inflation has doubled