Have the political left and supporters of the Labour-led Government been conned again? Big changes were promised in welfare reform, but with the response to the just-released working group report on the welfare system, it looks like very little is actually going to be delivered.

Of course, the left has already been feeling shocked and disillusioned by Jacinda Ardern's capitulation over the capital gains tax proposals, which is raising serious questions about the Government's promised "Year of Delivery". And now the weak response to the Welfare Experts Advisory Group report is essentially "Capitulation Number Two".

Once again, the Government has