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22 February 2017


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Why oh why am I reminded of medieval 'robber barons'?

Obviously we humans have not evolved past this travesty so we are condemned and doomed to constantly repeat history because we don't learn from the available records.

Is there no one who can rise above these petty rivalries and look at the bigger picture? Divide and conquer has been used again and again to subdue a potentially unified nation.

Political promises are as useless as today's 'Fake News'. Apparently no one is enunciating what took place five years ago and that classic national swindle is about to happen again.

Why doesn't someone ask the obvious question? When is each MP going to be held personally accountable for what he or she has allowed PNG to become?

Nailed it Phil.

The campaign managers are usually influential men within the clans.

Some of these CM's take leave from work during the election period.

The bottom line in most of Papua New Guinea is the extended family consisting of people related to a common ancestor, often within living memory. These extended families are often referred to as clans or sub-clans. Each clan is attached to a piece of ground or ground over which they have rights, like hunting.

The clans are in constant flux. New clans are formed when one clan gets too big or there is a dispute over something and they split.

The clans are the basis of the ILGs. You might have an ILG that incorporates many clans but sooner or later a disgruntled clan will break away and form a new ILG.

The clans and the clan leaders, usually the eldest male, is the key to control. Once you have them on side the rest falls into place.

So prospective candidates should concentrate on the clan leaders. They are the guys who organise the block votes.

The only problem with this is that the candidate usually comes from one of the clans, which are all competing for whatever is on offer i.e. a local member, and is viewed with suspicion. A smart candidate will promise each clan the same amount of political booty rather than just his own clan.

Doesn't work so well in the urban areas where clans are splintered.

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