I'm not sure what to make of the appointment of Mike Moore as our latest ambassador to the US.
The one thing in his favour is that he is high profile and knows some of the key people in the US.
But whenever I have heard him speak or have read anything written by him, my impression has been of someone who is full of ideas, but ideas that are often confused and unfocused, or lacking meat. I suspect he would have made a great ad-man.
And on some critical issues (such as the environment and climate change) he appears almost reactionary.
It is telling that you have to look quite hard to find people in the Labour Party who have kind words for him. It is clear that when he and Helen Clark fought for control of the Labour Party in the '90s a lot of love was lost. That may simply say more about the people who beat Moore than about Moore. I just don't know.