The transition from top dog to one of the pack is never easy, even in a voluntary organisation like Federated Farmers.
The president’s role is important and demanding but it comes to a sudden end. One day you’re the chair, next you’re just another farmer looking for something to occupy yourself.
So why not try politics?
He’s slightly cagey about the next step, saying people keep suggesting he moves into politics, but he’s waiting for an invitation first.
“I am hoping somewhere it’s either politics or business that I get into. I’m quite happy to get into politics but no-one is really asking. I’m being told I should be in politics by many people and under MMP the question is can I cut it and tolerate that?
“I’m prepared to give it a go – but I’ve got to be asked,” he says.
Why wait to be asked?
Politics isn’t for shrinking violets. It’s for people with passion, dedication, a strong sense of what they believe in and commitment to a party.
The latter is particularly important because when the going gets tough as it ineveitably will, MPs have to know why they’re there and remain loyal to their party.
It’s not hard to see from Nicolson’s statements that it’s Act he’s thinking of and he has skills which could benefit the party. But if I was them, I’d be wary about someone who didn’t feel strongly enough about becoming an MP to be proactive about it.
Hat tip: Imperator Fish