BY NOU VADA
MY LOWLY THOUGHTS. If I was advising Namah on how to overthrow O'Neill I'd put two options.
1. Might is right. Remove O'Neill by a no-confidence vote. It doesn’t matter what the Constitution of PNG says. We did it on 2 August 2011 and we'll do it again today.
2. Declare emergency. Remove O'Neill in the quasi habeas corpus state PNG will be in where he can be dragged out kicking and screaming and into a jail cell where most of his constitutional rights will be put in suspended animation when an emergency is declared.
Invoke section 246 of the Constitution and extend parliament's tenure (in other words, defer elections) by 12 months. Using the emergency powers, lock the city down and block off the court precincts.
Without the right to freedom from arbitrary search and entry and the protection of the law as guaranteed by our Constitution, arrest the judges, the Somare faction, any politicians opposing Namah, and finally all the bloggers and facebookers in this forum as freedom of expression and freedom of information are now subject to the emergency.
Then after a masquerade at Gavman Haus where the governor-general "legitimises" everything, and after a few glasses of champagne, watch the country descend into chaos as disillusioned youth unite to burn down government buildings and loot business houses.
Meanwhile Canberra and Washington will engage in emergency talks, and while their mouthpieces will tell regional media that both countries are "observing" what's happening... the truth is both countries are scared shitless.
The "Obama Doctrine" seeks the shift of US foreign policy from the Middle East to the Pacific in the interest of US energy needs - and one of the biggest investments t date is the PNG LNG.
Now the Igiri at the plant sites may, in the ensuing chaos, ransack them and bring American lives into danger. That is good grounds to initiate entry into the country, and like the Gulf of Tonkin in 'Nam, like Dodgeball's yellowcake uranium in Iraq, they'll come in to 'secure' the country.
Maybe a bit too Tom Clancy here, this is just what I think will happen.
Let's hope elections proceed, and we come back, eager for reform - real constitutional reform.