I empathised with Premier Steve Bracks the other day after his son was arrested for crashing his car when he had been drink driving. Bracks was publicly scathing in his criticism of his son but you could see the deep sadness.
He said he 'felt hopeless and useless, and you can't help feeling a bit of a failure in some ways as a parent.' Now Bracks has quit politics and cited this incident as one of the reasons.
All parents fail in one respect or another and politicians have demanding lives. Bracks has worked out the tradeoffs and made a personal choice that I respect. I wish him the best.