TUMBY BAY - Australia desperately needs a new leader. Our core values have been eroded and demeaned by selfish ideologues over several decades now and we need to re-establish our beliefs in equality and a fair go for all.
Britain desperately needs a new leader. It has managed to back itself into a ridiculous impasse by trying to reimagine its future in terms of its past. Only a strong leader can extract it from the quagmire.
The United States of America desperately needs a new leader. It has managed to drag itself down to the level of a cheap and nasty reality television show compered by a complete idiot obsessed by hotels, golf courses and a humongous garden wall.
America needs a leader with intellect and imagination. Failing that even one that actually reads books would do.
When you think about it the whole world, except perhaps New Zealand, needs new leaders to take us into the future.
But, more than anywhere else, Papua New Guinea desperately needs a new leader. Over a short period of time it has become the plaything of a trumped up accountant who only knows how to do one thing - and that is to squeeze and pocket the last bit of profit out of everything he touches no matter what the consequences and who suffers in the process.
So what sort of leader does Papua New Guinea need? Is it a father figure like Nelson Mandela or a ruthless dictator like Fidel Castro or someone in between?
And where will it get such a leader, whichever way it decides to go?
A quick perusal of all likely candidates is decidedly uninspiring. So too is a survey of its previous leaders. There is not one there worth bringing back because the job they would face is simply too large.
And why is the job so difficult?
It is, of course, to re-invent the nation. To starting again and do much better than before.
It involves picking up the pieces of a shattered land and putting them back together again so they work for everyone and not just a few wantoks and cronies.
In the Mandela mould, it requires a person who is completely dedicated to the task with an unbreakable will to succeed. Someone who is completely unselfish and who will put others before himself or herself.
Someone who doesn’t care about their own personal circumstances and wealth but cares about the health and wellbeing of the children of the future. Someone who will build monuments of the mind rather than monuments of concrete and steel.
Most of all it requires someone of courage and vision who can see beyond the narrow prism of clan and tribe and actually think Papua New Guinea into becoming a real nation rather than one just in name only.
At the other end of the spectrum, in the Castro mould, it could be someone with ice water in their veins who would bend Papua New Guinea to their will no matter what damage that might inflict on its people.
Someone with a grand ideological scheme, who will be relentless and ruthless in achieving it. Someone unafraid of trampling rich and the poor to achieve the dream. Someone who would one day hold up their creation and say, “See what I have made, isn’t it great?” while not noticing the carnage lying about their feet.
Papua New Guinea is currently like a shattered beer bottle lying alongside the road amongst all the pipia and betel nut juice. Putting it back together seems impossible and so does finding someone who could do that let alone even thinking it is something worth doing.
How is it possible to find someone that eight million people and 800 disparate tribal and linguistic groups will recognise as a common hero or heroine. There has never been such a person in the past so why should there be one now?
But, then again, who would have imagined that a nondescript lawyer imprisoned by a brutal and racist government would rise up and lead his people into the future, as Nelson Mandela did.
Who would have imagined that a mere school teacher could stare down the most powerful nation on earth and still survive and prosper, as Fidel Castro did?
How do the people of Papua New Guinea not know that the person they so desperately need isn’t even now in one of the cities or towns or in the bush biding their time for the right moment to act?
Maybe he or she needs a signal.
Now might be a good time for that signal.