Crackberrygate is destined to generate some media traction, and the online comments at CBC make for some amusing and informative reading.
But crackberrygate also sheds valuable light on Oram's curiously short tenure as Minister of Health. It indicates that he may have been telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, when he said:
A) He preferred paperless verbal briefings over written documents.
B) He was under a lot of stress.
C) Government spending was unsustainable.
If nothing else, this bolsters his claim that he was a stressed-out, email-dependent minister who knew literally first-hand that government spending was out of control. Imagine how you would feel if you were glued so closely to a crackberry. The CBC story focuses on the money rather than the time, but stop for a minute and think about the effects of spending hours upon hours upon hours shackled to email/phone.