Some people seem to get very sour at the thought that a Labour-led government can possibly do anything right, especially when it is something that really counts. Yes, mistakes have been made, there has been sloppiness, people haven't done their jobs, things that should have happened didn't. In spite of all that, I remain immensely grateful that the present government, minus a minister or two, has been in charge throughout this period. Overall I think they have done an outstanding job in view of the complexity of the task and the many layers of organisation involved. I don't believe any conceivable alternative government would have done better, or nearly as well. For me the true test is how we are faring compared to the rest of the world, and unless there is an awful lot of hidden virus in the community, we seem to still be doing pretty well. The demands on everyone involved in this effort, including and maybe especially those at the top, are enormous. Yet those charged with protecting us are out there every day fronting for the media and some not always friendly questioning. They must be getting very tired. I think they do need to be held to account, and their decisions and especially their mistakes questioned in order to keep improving the process, but they are also entitled to a pat on the back for the things they are getting right and the ongoing effort involved in that. I'm sure a few of them would not mind a day or two off and are very much looking forward to the time when that is again possible.