" It is high time the goverment took action."
The expression "it is (high/about) time + past verb test "is used to complain about or criticise something or someone:
- It is time that the government took action.
- It is about time that the govenment took action.
- It is hight time that the government took action.
The words about or high make the criticism even stronger. Note that it is also correct to say:
- It is time for the government to take action.