It's the biggest shake-up of the electricity market in 20 years, claims the Government. Nonsense. It's nothing of the sort.

It's a cruel joke on electricity users. It's a massive fail by a normally capable minister. And it's a big win for power companies.

It's cruel because it's designed to get our hopes up. We're supposed to think that the changes announced this week will bring down our monthly power bills. Fat chance. Very, very few Kiwis will pay less, most likely. For possibly the majority of us, the bills are going to go up.


Frustratingly, the Government has