Bill English sent me an email this evening.
All other National Party members and supporters would have got one too.
In it he said thank you.
I am grateful for that but even more for his 27 years of service, the sacrifices he and his family made, and the good work he did as both a constituent and a list MP and a Minister.
Today we learned that the government surplus at the end of last year was better than forecast.
That is due in no small part to Bill’s work through the Global Financial Crisis and the better times that followed.
Unlike one of his predecessors Bill aspired to leave New Zealand a better place for his service. He succeeded and I”m very grateful for that.