When politicians win votes on the basis of heroic promises to fix intractable problems, but then break those promises, the public quite rightly feel they've been ripped off.

That's exactly what has happened with KiwiBuild. Labour politicians largely won office in 2017 on the basis of their scathing critique of how badly the National Government had managed issues of inequality and, in particular, the housing affordability crisis. Labour convinced voters they would take action on these problems, and their flagship housing construction policy would swiftly produce 100,000 "affordable" new homes.

It is now evident that Labour will not deliver