Anderton did more than any other person in New Zealand to rescue the leftwing of politics.
Here’s the key excerpt from Campbell’s piece: ‘For anyone born after 1975 it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism… When it mattered Anderton was the only Labour politician willing to publicly put his career on the line to oppose the Thatcherite dogmas of his colleagues.
In the end even Helen Clark famously professed that she hadn’t come this far to go down in a hail of bullets with Jim Anderton.
(The likes of Clark and Michael Cullen professed to be quietly resisting from the inside. Yeah right.)’
Campbell concludes: ‘it was the energy and commitment he brought to his life and to his career that made him so incredibly inspiring.
For those who came within his orbit he will always be an unforgettable figure’.