This time last year opinion polls showed New South Wales Premier Mike Baird was the most popular politician in the country — but what a difference a year makes.Twitter - Mike Baird @mikebairdMP
Baird unexpectedly posted a statement on his personal Twitter page on Thursday morning, saying a new state leader would be voted in next week during a Liberal party-room meeting.
Mr Baird’s sister Julia, journalist and host of ABC’s The Drum, revealed in 2015 she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and has since had a recurrence.
He was a politician widely regarded as a decent human being wanting to do “the right thing”, guided by his personal religious faith and often acting at odds with the hardnosed image of his past career as an investment banker by quietly lending personal support to disadvantaged youth. But Baird never seemed to grasp that the art of politics is about persuasion.
There was a moment of heartfelt reflection — a confession of sorts — that provided valuable insight into Mike Baird’s shock resignation as NSW Premier.
It came almost 18 minutes into his lengthy press conference in Sydney yesterday as Baird tried to explain to a surprised media pack, and to voters, the urgent need to “refresh” his government. This was a “reset”, as he put it, in which he would play no part.
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