The thing that very few people in Labour get is this: Don Brash is liked because he doesn’t act like a politician.
He speaks openly and honestly. He admits mistakes.
He’s not afraid to be controversial yet reasonable.
This is not to say he’s totally honest, or admits all his mistakes or doesn’t sometimes court controversy unnecessarily. But he tries – and people see that.
Bill English did too, but he never quite pulled it off the way Don does.
But I mean, would Helen do this?
(Title is wind-up for ILMTW :))