Berry reveals why he won't enter council race

JUST like Jerry Seinfeld in a classic episode of his show, Ian Berry has had friends begging him to run again.

But his answer, like Seinfeld's, is the same.

There will be no more politics for former LNP MP Mr Berry.

In the episode 'The Race', Seinfeld tells the story of a childhood foot race where he beat rival Duncan Meyer after jumping before the starters' gun, a transgression no-one noticed.

Seinfeld's parents, classmates and track coaches pleaded with him to pursue his athletics career but in the episode he tells George Costanza and Elaine Benes that his response was always..."I choose not to run."

Mr Berry likewise had friends pleading with him to throw his hat in the ring to run for council in Division 4. It must be said that none of them were from the Electrical Trades Union (ETU).

But Mr Berry, a lawyer, has likewise told the QT he has chosen "not to run".

"I have a life, which was on hold when I was in office, and I really don't want to go through that all again," he said.

"I really want to travel in a different direction.

"I am not going to be a lawyer for the rest of my life. I have other things on the boil that I really want to pursue.

"I am studying economics, statistics and calculus and I really want to get into business.

"I've done law. I've done politics, and it is hard work. I've got grandchildren now, two who live in Vienna, and I really want to spend more time with the family and do things that I have a passion for."

Mr Berry is keen to be a CEO with a not-for-profit organisation or business.

When he spoke to the QT a few weeks ago Mr Berry sounded like a candidate.

The blood was flowing and the urge to run was there.

"The hairs on my neck bristled when I thought about running again," he said.

"I was close.

"But I've been involved in community projects in Ipswich for close to 30 years. I think I have given back to the community a fair bit.

"I enjoyed that side of it. I working with people.

"But for somebody who is independent, come conservative, there are not too many electoral seats here that would make it a 50/50.

"There's a month to go before the election and I don't think I have got the enthusiasm I think I should have to campaign.

"I can't do half a thing. I either do it or I don't. But I don't think I have the passion I did back in 2012."

At the end of the episode 'The Race' Seinfeld does indeed run again, taking up the challenge from his old foe Meyer, and winning.

Mr Berry will also have the last laugh in the end. The stress and strains of political life will not trouble him again.

He has run his last race.

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