The Labour government is getting several of the things it said it wanted, but discovering they are not what they were cracked up to be
They said they wanted homes to be more affordable. Now they have house prices in free fall, they are not so sure it was a good idea.
They said they wanted fewer lorries and cars on the road. Now a deep recession is bringing that about, they are in a panic about it.
They said they wanted to balance up north and south, to stop the south outpacing the north as it did in the credit boom years. Now the southern economy is being sandbagged by the credit crunch the government is worried by the impact.
They said they wanted us to generate less CO2. Now our industrial demand is collapsing, the CO2 output will contract. They are no longer so keen to bring it down, if that is what it takes to do so.