this is going to be appointment reading …
and it will be the biggest selling political/social memoir ever..
and a large part of the reason for this is because we are all feeling so starved of the nourishment we know david can bring/give us..
david lange is one of those fortunates who walk into a room, and are the room..
i’ve met/known/associated with/shaken hands with, more than a few public/private figures who in their own minds are amongst those fortunates..
but of those i’ve met..i’d single out david and bracket him with the likes of nelson mandela..
the reason for this is that they both posess this deep well of goodwill to all..
mandela shows/showed this since his release from custody..(just think..all a vengful mandela had to do was say the word and south africa would have drowned in a sea of white blood..)
lange shows/showed those same qualities in abundance in his lifes’ works before/during and since his time as prime minister..
i am chary of the term hero..and there are only three to whom i’ll tip the hat..
they are george bernard shaw..nelson mandela..and david lange..
(he makes you feel so proud to be a new zealander..eh?..but without the often nasty undercurrents inherent in such phrases..)