I’ve just spent the last week on the road with David Cunliffe and his wife Karen. Campaigns are a handy litmus test to see people as they really are when under pressure and performing to grueling schedules.
As a general rule I’m prepared to like most people but as friends who know me well will attest I can be a bit of a hard-ass when it comes to idiots, panic captains, hubris and people who don’t say please and thank you. I don’t know David all that well but I have been genuinely delighted to discover that I like him a lot and he’s a good guy to be on the road with.
I’ve found him to be easy to get along with, quick to take good advice (from me, obviously) and ready to acknowledge his own human foibles and to readily let people off the hook for theirs. He also says ‘thank you’ to his staff and supporters.
I’ve also seen how members around the country really, really rate him and so urgently want him to succeed as Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister of New Zealand.
As I do.
[IB: a quick note in case anyone didn't realise it from the content of this post (I thought it was quite clear): Jenny is currently a member of Cunliffe's campaign team.]