Just like that, the rainbows and unicorns have vanished.
If you ever really believed that a government could be transformational, transparent and kind, then you can't possibly believe it after the past week.
This must have been one of the most brutal Budget weeks in living memory. And, under pressure, this Government dropped the Mary Poppins act and revealed how it really responds. It plays the same rough and tumble, dirty politics like the rest of them.
If ever there was a chance to transform, it was with the Wellbeing Budget. We were told it was a world-first.