This is more than just a story about politics. It's also very much about - us. The decision to stop the Tampa was one of the most popular ever taken by any Australian government. So perhaps its most enduring meaning is not about John Howard or his government, but about what we as a people, fear and want. The story of the boats holds within it a fascinating vision of the old dance of democracy between the people and our leaders. And its fundamental puzzle: who is leading? And who is following? A decade later, as we continue to grapple with the scenario of refugee boats arriving, and struggle to square the tricky issues of security, compassion and a good orderly migration process, the timing could not be better to hear the story of Leaky Boat.