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04 April 2018


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Great example Arthur. Well done 'ol mate.

One of the points you make about sharing wealth is a very important one. If you look at the conflict that others often mentions between "Capital' or management on one side and 'Workers' or unions on the other, the modern Germany, that powerhouse in today's Europe has some ideas that should be considered.

On a successful management board of many German companies are not only the managers but also the unions. Consequently, the benefits of a successful business then flow to everyone who works hard for the business.

Nothing like lateral thinking when vertical thinking doesn't work.

I enjoyed your post Paul because it suggests similarities of behaviour by peoples of all states and conditions of governance.

So often when we read or hear about land in PNG it is said to hold some special meaning to its citizens than for us elsewhere.

Yet I was always aware of the sanctity of land in the UK. Indeed over the years living in the PNG I explained how we had many rivers that held glorious sorts of fish. However I had to tell my listeners how I and they would not be allowed to catch any of those fish even if we were desperately hungry.

“Why not?” they would ask.

“Because they belong to the landowner of the area!”

I expanded on how in days gone by hungry peasants had been sentenced to all sorts of punishments for catching wild rabbits or deer on a big man’s land.

I could have explained how millions of ‘No Trespassing’ sign are found all over Britain as bigmen try to protect their hundreds even thousands of acres of inherited land that may have been ‘given’ to them hundreds of years before because they allowed the king to sleep with their daughter or even their wives.

Playing ‘Laki’ is not just a roadside trait of PNG but its worldwide with Australia perhaps heading the world for the annual individual cost gambling overall estimated at over $20 billion.

Most religions consider gambling a sin or a curse yet in the UK the Anglican Church has many million tied up in stock and shares that is considered a pure form of investment and so not ‘gambling’.

In Easter 1995 putative Prime Minster Tony Blair, somehow? - perhaps because I wasn’t at the party meeting, convinced the sheep to abolish Clause 4 the famous Labour Party statement from 1918 which stated clearly its socialist policy:

‘To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.’

What none of his fellow travellers into the bright new world was that their beloved charlatan, after starting a dubious war in Iraq which would cause over a million deaths or more; would within 20 years own 10 houses and 27 flats valued at over £25 million. Or that he would be coining around $300,000 for an after dinner speech.

But greed and or rip off by the bigmen is not the sole sphere of western elites.

I soon learnt how Igua of the Baunung area on Lavongai Island that despite owning so much land it only took a couple of days using his alleged 100 wives or concubines and their relatives to make a new ‘garden’ or plantation of coconut.

Many years later in the 1970s his descendants would sell me the copra that they harvested from those ageing trees.

The corruption of too many African leaders has been well documented and I just read: Worth a read so I finish with a pithy comment from it. “So corrupt when compared to whom? The Chinese? If so, then I have the perfect joke:

Abubakar, a Nigerian businessman, goes to see his old university buddy Lao Wang, now living in Beijing. He arrives at Lao Wang’s apartment and notices a brand new Audi A6 parked outside, an Hermes belt gracing his belly and a brand new Rolex on his wrist.

“My friend,” says Abubakar, “You have done well for yourself!”

“Well,” says Lao Wang proudly, bringing him to the big bay window in his apartment, “Do you see that bridge over there?”

“Yes I do! It’s a beautiful bridge.”

“That’s my project!” Lao Wang grins, pointing a thumb at his chest.

Abubakar is impressed, and leaves Beijing with many thoughts on how to get rich. Years later, Lao Wang finds himself in Lagos and hits up his old friend Abubakar, who invites him to his home.

Lao Wang is almost bowled over by the opulence of the place. It is a mansion made of marble and gold. Two Rolls Royce are parked outside. He enters Abubakar’s massive office and immediately blurts out:

“My friend, you have done VERY well for yourself!”

“Well,” says Abubakar proudly, bringing him to a big bay window, “Do you see that bridge over there?”

Lao Wang looks and looks, but turns to Abubakar, confused. “What bridge?”

“That’s my project!” grins Abubakar.”

Maski ples daun!

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