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09 April 2017

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9/10 for Education with no evidence of an improvement in quality and declining appropriations in the forward estimates every year from 2017 to 2021 despite a rapidly expanding population?

"This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector." -- Plato

Perhaps O'Neill is PNG's Machiavellian Ali Baba.

Gabriel, humans have this trait of placing people on pedestals, calling them “heroes” and forgiving all their transgressions thereafter.

Michael Thomas did a great act in leading PNG to independence, was placed on a pedestal, became a demigod, almost worshipped, and for that singular act I salute him.

But it does not forgive his subsequent transgressions, and there have been a few.

In Australia, we have the “tall poppy syndrome”, and tend to knock down those who have risen well above the unwashed (particularly when they have generated great wealth for themselves, and particularly those up themselves with their own self importance).

The science people are well regarded, but they are not demigods on pedestals. We are not (generally) a pedestal people – why even Keith Jackson was not placed on a pedestal (don’t think there was one strong enough!).

What’s that saying “rooster today, feather duster tomorrow”. Ex prime ministers can be seen in Coles or Woolworths buying the cat food, and are sometimes not recognised.

No entourage of security or personal assistants describing the cat food to them. He or she has to work it out for themselves. They get an office and pension for life, and that’s all. The ex governors general get a little more, mainly because of their non- political nature.

In my time in PNG (16 years), I was quite astounded with the ferociously proud feelings for MTS among people, which was really all about gaining independence, even though quite a significant proportion hated his guts.

I suspect that the "less than grand" farewell to him had something to do with his transgressions, although it would never be spoken about.
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Further snide references to my weight will be rewarded with a life ban - KJ

I listened to the NBC yesterday as Sir Michael addressed the National Press Club for the last time of his 49 years of uninterrupted parliamentary service.

No one in the press club was brave enough to raise the Tom Doerhman story. Therein lies the tragedy in PNG where there is too much respect for leaders to hold them accountable for their actions.

We have the Proceeds From Crime Act where wealth gained illegally can be prosecuted and property confiscated by the State.

In the case of Sir Michael, I am sure both he and his children will do the right thing by paying back to the state the money for the community college project.

The same should apply to Peter O'Neill and Paul Paraka and all the other high flyers it there is evidence of them enriching themselves illegally.

I suggest to keep that famous PNG name tag ‘Land of the Unexpected’ we prepare special burial chambers especially for our prime ministers. The ancient Egyptians did that for their rulers – their Pharaohs.

When a pharaoh died they used to bury all his possessions with their mummified bodies in a specially carved out burial chamber deep in the hard rock. The sands of time would seal them for good.

Its ok we can give points to Peter O’Neill against his political, economic, educational etc achievements but his real value in terms of how much he is worth in cash and property will never be known if he continues to be the prime minister until he dies.

Only future generations, when they dig up his grave like they did of King Tut, the boy king’s 3000 old grave in Egypt a couple of years ago will PNG people know how much Peter O’Neil was worth – that is if everything he owns now is buried with him.

And God does not help those caught helping themselves.

From Pacific Beat: "Lim Ai Wah and her American husband Thomas Doerhman were sentenced to jail in Singapore yesterday after being convicted of falsification of accounts and transferring the benefits of criminal conduct.

"The State Court heard the pair transferred $US784,000 ($1.04 million) into Sir Michael Somare's Singapore bank account in 2010, as part of an attempt to set up a number of community colleges in Papua New Guinea."

On economic development, I give him a score of 5/10.

People do not understand that Michael Thomas was developing "economic growth" by having the community college funds diverted to his bank account. I am sure he was safekeeping it for the nation. Hey, he has electricity bills to pay!

My score for Michael Thomas Somare's "economic development" is 9.78/10. MTS was a devout Catholic and practised "The Lord helps those who help themselves".

Thank you Mr Ramoi.

On putting all this together I give you 10/10.

Much appreciated.

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