The NHS reform: has run into the sand. Education: the mountains are travailing, and the ridiculous mouse will be here shortly. Housing: policy failed, probably to be forever-delayed. High speed rail: caught between departmental-Tory speed lust and constituency-Tory NIMBYism going on Build Nothing Near Anyone Ever. Foreign policy: not obvious success. Defence: a bad situation is worse. The economy: cutting itself fat.

What does that leave? Is it just the dead hand of incumbency, Major 2.0, in office but not in power? 2011: the year of the zombie government.