TUMBY BAY - Papua New Guinea is in a great big mess.
It has spiralled down the plughole and is sitting in the u-bend among such smelly companions as EthIopia, Angola, Sudan and Outer Woop Woop ready to be flushed away into oblivion.
Its intention to issue bonds to pay off its enormous debt have been greeted by raucous laughter in the financial capitals of the world.
China is gearing up to buy it, lock stock and barrel, probably as a launching pad for its expansion into the Asia-Pacific and as a convenient stick to shove up Donald Trump’s nose.
Its great mate down south is no help. It’s running around like a chook with its head cut off trying to work out why it keeps tripping over.
What to do?
Well, as Paul Oates keeps pointing out, the first step is to identify the cause.
I think Paul is as aware of the cause as the rest of us.
It is the politicians and the public servants.
They’ve got to go if there’s any chance of saving what’s wedged in that u-bend before it gets flushed away.
They are the people who hive off the money coming in from the desperate aid donors trying to prop the place up.
They are the people who love to atack the workers some of these donors send in to do the job themselves.
They are a pox with no morals, empathy or humanity. They are basically criminals aboard a gravy train to nowhere, too stupid to realise it is going to crash.
Can you run a country without politicians or public servants?
Probably not but you can certainly try. It’s been done before.
Get the United Nations or Darth Vader or whoever is in charge of the planet at the moment to send in an administrator, just like what’s previously been done in some of the provinces.
Get them to shake out all the nasty people and identify the good ones. Set new standards for politicians and public servants. Bring in a law to ban wantokism. Set mandatory education levels for high office.
Jail as many crooks as possible. Find a handy island, build a big fence around it and throw away the key.
Somewhere in the Carterets might be a good spot.
Enough is enough.
It’s time to take action.