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29 October 2013


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Most of the Expats who lived and worked in pre independence PNG believed that PNG was "God's own country" with a vast, unrealised potential to become a vibrant and prosperous nation, but that it's people could not realise this potential on their own.

We recognised the move towards early independence as being politically driven outside of PNG (or Australia for that matter) and regarded it as ill advised in the extreme.

Many of us felt that we were abandoning PNG to its fate and that there was not really in existence an established political culture that could sustain the sorts of institutions and processes that could effectively guide the development of a modern state.

History suggests that our fears were not groundless and Phil is expressing in a very forceful way some of the anger and frustration that many feel about how things have turned out.

I remain, however, impressed by the resilience of the PNG people in the face of a glaringly incompetent and corrupt system of governance.

Also, I am heartened by the appearance of intelligent, thoughtful and articulate Papua New Guineans who seem determined to change a dysfunctional system to create one that works for the greater good, not just for an elite.

The pre-conditions for a successful revolution do not seem to exist just yet but the stirrings may just be there.

The Bolsheviks took over Russia despite being really only a very tiny group of agitators and propagandists.

What mattered was effective leadership, a simple but compelling vision for the future (however flawed) and a ruthless determination to succeed.

Eventually, someone who can interpret "the will of the people" and articulate a grand vision of a golden future is going to emerge and galvanise sufficient support to either democratically acquire power or simply seize it.

Like Tsarist Russia, the chronic failure of the current PNG political, legal and governmental institutions to deliver what people need and want renders them very vulnerable to being subverted or simply destroyed by a truly determined revolutionary.

So Phil's vision may yet be realised. Could it be sooner than we all imagine is possible?

No, no, no, no revolution. PNG is in process. Don't be judgemental. She will come out a strong and a vibrant nation before the very eyes of those who anticipate doom.

Move over the African/Middle East Mob, PNG pollies are doing far better.

I think Phil is right. PNG has become a nut case. I suppose knighthoods will be virtually outsourced to the highest bidder in the parliamentary enclave? Those in power have no respect for their constituents whatsoever, it is monetary gains for them and their immediate family.

Why did Somare, in Copenhagen some years ago, spend so much time talking with that creature Mugabe of what was once a country referred to as the bread basket of Africa, Zimbabwe?

Where are you Betha and Arthur Somare? Kindly please explain your wealth and where it is now located?

One can also ask the question of the delightful spender Belden Namah - any casinos recently?

I congratulate all who have put money from their own bank accounts into help for Mr. Francis Nii, but Mr Nii is one of so many. Why can't the PNG Health Ministry assist all the others?

The Australian Government handouts are useless. Boomerang aid pay for properties in Samoa, Fiji, Cairns, New Farm (Brisbane), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai and God only knows where else.

I note that the Abbott government has no Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Affairs, so Julie Bishop, if you are reading, tell the mob in that House of Parliament at Waigani to wake up, do your proper duties for your constituents or the plug will be pulled.

It is a joke what is happening and a very sad, depressing joke for all of us who, I believe, did our best prior to Gough Whitlam getting scared of a useless UN decolonisation program.

I saw that UN officials in 1965 were no more interested in what was going on as I am presently interested on how many lives a frog has.

The UN group, under I think Sir Hugh Foote, couldn't get back to Lae and the bar at the newly established - hotel quickly enough.

Sad, isn't it. What was, and what is now? I think the younger generation of commenters should have a talk with their families and find out what was and what is now?

I guess that's close enough to how it will happen. And it's not long in the making.

Apart from the politicians (who are well educated to do one thing only - keeping their noses deep in the trough), the rest of PNGians won't care much about them if they are drawn and quartered.

Or better still as Phil says, lock them away but feed them the news that their ill gotten wealth in such and such accounts has been stripped, their mansions in Cairns have been sold off, and the proceeds brought back to PNG and then watch while they slowly wither away.

Keith, I love this article - its humour, truth and poetry and predictions.

A very provocative piece, Phil.

Hahaaha, that's the other side of Fitzpatrick. He is a great comedian, and good at politics too especially one where the majority like heading in the right direction by keeping left. Hahaha. Great stuff Phil. Enjoyable.

Revolutions in all cases and in Black Africa in particular is about control of resources and money. It is never about the people.

Ask the women & children of Bougainville what it is like to live in a revolution.

Ten years later the people of Bougainville are still trying to put their broken lives together. Revolutions are all about destroying never about rebuilding.

Remember what happened in Uganda in 1971 when the Chinese and Indians were chased out of Kampala? The country went without basics as no one knew how to import salt, sugar and kerosine and the important export Industries of Uganda such as coffee has never made a comeback.

In Vietnam the war was fought against the influence of Coca Cola and McDonalds only to see that Coca Cola is back in Hanoi after the peace.

No we do not need armchair revolutionists propagating destruction. PNG will change and it will change through the ballot box as the alternative is destructive, wasteful and unnecessary.

Readers of this blog are urged to read about Katanga in the Congo and the curse its resources have brought the people in that poverty stricken region and how its wealth has been looted by outsiders.

We know it is the same reason why Indonesia is in West Papua. Weaken PNG further as a viable nation state and outsiders with money will finance a revolution to take over PNG and its resources.

Countries in Africa that have changed government through the barrel of the gun are continually being replaced by the same method and have never know peace and stability since.

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