BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-90) said it first and he said it best: "Yes, we must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
But before any further split PNG happens, those promoting the break up (as a remedy to produce better times) should ponder on what has caused the current impasse.
Clearly, ineffectual leadership and massive amounts of unprosecuted corruption at all levels of government have resulted in diverting national resources away from desperately needed services.
A few people have obviously benefited at the expense of many; and this situation has been allowed to continue for many years – sometimes by the very leaders who now suggest regional autonomy will be better for their people.
While everyone in PNG understands the visible effects of the problems, few have come out and said clearly and persuasively what they would do to fix them.
If the solution has been too hard, or is far too electorally painful, for current leaders to contemplate, how are smaller fractions going to be any more effective?
More of the same will produce no different result.
Where are the politicians with guts enough to stand up and publicly denounce what is clearly wrong with PNG today?
Plenty are prepared to talk about what is morally right, but who has actually achieved any results?
The people responsible for PNG's current woes must be identified, denounced and officially charged by public authorities. Anything else cannot and will not work.
So what will change with potentially smaller, fragmented, PNG autonomous regions?
Three fifths of five eighths of nothing!