My Truth October 5 column (reproduced in full because the print version was edited changing some of the sense.) Since I wrote this there have been further developments but my sentiments hold.
I just can't get excited about the Kim Dotcom affair. Which leaves
me with a niggling sense of guilt. My inattention and disinterest
must surely be quite negligent? And I am usually quick to criticise
indifference or apathy as personality traits go. But if I'd got Carry
On Kim Dotcom out on DVD I'd have given up well before
his attempts at rap had me diving for the remote.
The only actual exposure to the German I've had - speaking that is -
left me with the impression of a very good communicator, especially
with English as a second language. In fact, he'd leave most New
Zealanders for dead. I get what his MegaUpload site is about and can
understand his arguments regarding lack of culpability. I appreciate
that any ensuing court action and outcome will set important
It's also comprehensible to me that people are highly agitated about
the involvement of New Zealand authorities in illegal surveillance
in cahoots with United States authorities (but I'm too lazy to look
up the exact monikers for the parties involved.) My interest is
slightly piqued when the mention of civil liberties arises.
Here's my problem. It's overblown. The media is milking it dry, as
are opposition politicians. This case has become less about
injustice and illegal process, and increasingly about the
opportunity to damage the government. Opposition MPs remind me of
my Beagle before breakfast, though her drooling is more discreet.
Now, as I said, their behaviour may well be justified but their
ceaseless clamouring just turns me off.
See, I am even struggling to make up my quota of words this week but
Bomber wanted to do Kim Dotcom. Perhaps I should let him borrow
some. He'll doubtless have stacks to say.
London in 1927, in colour
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