Here in New Zealand we are being faced with an absolute onslaught of a far-right political agenda by a government that has been largely seen by the public as moderate. Just recently we have seen Union-busting efforts by politically appointed Port boards. We are faced with state asset sales, legislation severely eroding privacy and civil rights has been passed. Public sector jobs have been slashed and many government departments are being 'restructured' in moves which put more power in the hands of Stephen Joyce. Welfare is being slashed, and solo parents with children over 1 year old are being pressured to go into work (despite there being no jobs available). Education is also under attack, the government is trying to put in place a schooling system that has failed elsewhere and trying to bring in charter schools. Healthcare is also under attack, the government had originally intended on privatising the accident compensation scheme but have thankfully backed down.
Without sounding all doom and gloom, these are volatile times ahead.