When Bill English was asked during a debate what was different about him in 2002 and now, he said, “I got back up again.”
There’s no better proof of that than National’s result in the election.
Whatever the outcome of coalition negotiations, he has proved himself and his leadership.
Those, including some in the media who ought to have known better, may well be surprised at how well he, and National, have done.
Those of us who know him aren’t.
He’s a good man, with a big heart and strong intellect.
He’s warm, witty and wise.
He has a clear vision for New Zealand and its people, plans on what to do to deliver for us all and the drive and determination essential to succeed in that.
Many thought John Key’s decision to retire would weaken National and reduce its chances of a fourth term.
Bill English and his team have proved them wrong.
The fourth term isn’t certain but he’s made it a possibility.