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Look, in politics … sometimes it’s not so much the way you ride the horse, but the way you get off.

Some people gracefully come down and walk to the railing and sit on the railing and people go up and talk to them, but some people just can’t restrain themselves and they keep one foot in a stirrup and get dragged into horse manure. And we’re seeing a couple of people with their feet in the stirrup and being dragged around in the mature horse.

The former prime ministers went to the current pains in the neck.

If I walked into your study or workplace, or your morning tea at school, or the pub calling everyone liars, you look at the person and say: “I don’t care what your previous job is, you’re a dipstick.” You can’t just go around, brandishing these kinds of accusations. You must have some decorum for the office you held, the nation you led, and behave like one.

And even if you have a concern, you know how to say it … subtly as a sign of deference, so as not to create a huge problem.

Because when you leave politics you should rise above politics. You are always an idealist as you walk up the hill and you are more open-minded as you come down the hill, but you are more open-minded with a brain between your ears.

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