I can’t be the only person who finds the New-Zealand-related Wikileaks documents terminally boring. The flurry of political points-scoring, media sensationalism and blogging frenzying is a giant blob of meaningless ennui, as far as I am concerned.
Is anybody actually surprised that Helen Clark valued a relationship with America, given that it was the largest economy in the world at the time? Is it really a surprise that she thought a bonus from our anti-nuclear stance was a breakdown of ANZUS and, therefore, a smaller army?
Given the enormous lobbying power of multinational drug companies, why is it a shock that they blocked a FTA with the US in retaliation for Pharmac locking them out of the billion dollar New Zealand drug market?
Did anybody, at any time, seriously expect John Key to welcome the Dalai Lama with open arms when Labour consistently snubbed him for a decade?
Are we actually astonished that New Zealand spied on Fiji, given that the Commodore controls an army considerably larger than our own and not averse to overseas action?
And as for Don Brash thinking Winston Peters is a nutter – well, who would have guessed?
Wikileaks is currently not a “whistleblower” site as it would like to portray itself, but a gossip site – full of scurrilous little tidbits of trivia that are mildly embarrassing, remarkably banal and hardly earthshaking. The New Zealand bunch of e-mails can be best described as “uninspiring”.
Hopefully it will die an unlamented death. But with the dearth of news around Christmas time, I am not holding my breath.