The trenchant criticism over the Government's failure to agree on a capital gains tax is unwarranted and ridiculous.

The pile-on against Jacinda Ardern is coming from all directions.

There is the unrealistic left who believe Ardern should have beaten Winston Peters into submission, the arrogant right who believe the tax should never have been investigated by a Tax Working Group, and the opportunistic right who will construe any failure to reach agreement as a failure of her leadership.


Then there are the New Zealand First clairvoyants who claim – usually after the fact - that it was always obvious