COMMENT: Education, railways, defence and Iraq overshadow Makhlouf debacle, writes Audrey Young.

It has been a brilliant week for the Government.

Even if you believe the opinion poll this week that put National two points ahead of Labour instead of the one that puts Labour more than 13 points ahead of National, it has been a week in which that lead may have been eroded.

That is because it has been a week in which the Government governed exceptionally well.


Governments governing are not always such a visible occurrence. It is usually an issue when there is a failure.