THERE were a number of red flags raised by two articles in PNG Attitude yesterday.
These warnings were contained within economist Paul Flanagan’s analysis ‘Treasury papers confirm appalling state of PNG economy’ and former prime minister Sir Mekere Morauta’s article, 'O’Neill misleads nation, withholds information from ministers'
If the nation's finances are as bad as reported, why didn’t Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch raise this in the past?
And surely all those ministers and officials who were responsible knew about the situation and should have blown the whistle. The fact that they did nothing condemns all of them.
If there has been illegal activity, why hasn't a complaint been lodged? And, if they have lodged a complaint, the legal system clearly isn't working.
The PNG media also have either been asleep at the wheel or are too much under government control to let the people know what is really happening to their nation.
That everyone (except the prime minister) now seems to be singing from the same song sheet is reminiscent of village politics when a leadership challenge is brewing. People retreat from around the loser.
But would a successful leadership challenge lead only to a cosmetic change at the top but no difference in demonstrable policy failures?
The vast majority of PNG voters are being misled by almost all their leaders who seem to be devoid of any idea of what to do.
That does not augur well for the future after the general election in June and July. That is, if Peter O'Neill doesn't concoct some form of national emergency and try to stay in power by deferring the election.
You may recall, he was moving to defer the 2012 election but sabres rattled in Australia.
That was five years ago and another five years seems an awful long time to have politicians elected based on flimsy promises only to take the nation further down the road of no return.
There are few people in positions of authority who are willing to tell the people that they either don't know what to do or that they are afraid to tell voters that they have failed them.
The missing link is the disconnect between political leaders and electors. The problem is one of lack of education and misinformation.
PNG Attitude has been debating these issues for over a decade. It’s not like they’re a deep mystery. So why hasn't anything tangible been done about the situation? Disclosing all the problems at the eleventh hour like the Treasurer has done in order to impugn the prime minister is no more than political positioning.
And where are the PNG media? They should be snapping at the heels of those politicians who have misled the voters and who are now cringing in fear they will be found out before the election.
There is a log jam in the river of knowledge. Who will open it up for all PNG to see?