The press statement from Michael Cullen on his departure from Parliament is here.
He will be missed, and probably not just by members of the Labour Party. He has been an outstanding Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. His attention to looking forward to circumstances such as the current world economic chaos has left us far better off than I would have believed possible in 1999.
However I’m sure that the targets of his wit in the house will be glad to see him leave for a less voluble position. It will provide less material for blogs such as ours.