Leaks have an important part to play in politics. A good politician knows how to place a well-timed leak to boost his position. Fans of the Yes Minister! series will definitely understand what I am talking about. Sometimes a leak is a form of telling the public some good news in advance. Like a probable cut in taxes. Sometimes someone leaks information about another party's possible sinister plans. This too can be productive in a way - forcing the hand of the other party to deny the plans and possibly abandon them.
But when the leak itself becomes the story then there is no story. It is just pique. What value can be ascribed to the fact that the nationalist press has access to the agenda for the next Labour meeting have to the general public? That the two parties are still engaged in dirty handed games? What else? I'm sorry, I may be naive but I just don't get it.
Now, when Britney Spears' ex-husband threatens to leak sordid details about their private life.... that's another story.
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