This was going to be a Turei-free column. Honest. But how can anyone ignore what has been arguably the most tumultuous fortnight in politics since 1984?
The boy’s answer: “Never admit to making a mistake even 25 years later.”
That’s a legitimate interpretation of what happened, but my take on it is slightly different.
I think most people are prepared to forgive politicians for things they did when they were a lot younger and prone to bad judgments. But I don’t think it was Turei’s admission of benefit fraud that turned people against her.
Karl du Fresne blogs at karldufresne.blogspot.co.nz. First published in the Dominion Post.