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27 May 2019

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Perhaps I should elucidate on my last adage and translate it into the vernacular:

'One sip of SP doesn't satisfy the full satisfaction of drinking the rest of the bottle. It merely titivates and creates an anticipated expectation.'

There, that sounds more appropriate.

Time will tell Keith. If we see a genuine and consistent attempt emerge in order to create a better deal for PNG, follow through with the Ombudsman's attempts at anti-corruption and a return to responsible and accountable government, I will be very happy to admit my prejudgement was awry.

As it stands at the moment however, where is the stated benchmark that any new government (i.e. all members), must meet in fairness, honesty and integrity?

Lau etaia las! Mi no lukim.

One swallow does not a summer make!

Those many good men have a monumental task ahead of them but I don't doubt they can do it.

If they pull it off they will hopefully attract more good men to their cause and be able to weed out the rotten apples in their numbers.

This may very well be the transformational point in PNG governance that everyone has been waiting for.

I just hope that O'Neill has run out of tricks and that the Australian government stays right out of it.

Thank you Gary and Henry and Richard.

Head says yes to heartfelt tears at villages adorned with defunct aid posts and structures for education where teachers await award wages and approach is by roads but only by foot traffic, as parliamentary promises fail to translate into the language of local level love of fellow citizens.

The basic tenet that seems to bind these MP's together is simply a desire to change leaders.

If that is the case, exactly what will change if the leader is changed?

Where is the manifesto, giving a commitment to all PNG people, that all these aspirants should sign before tomorrow's deadline, and therefore then be held accountable for?

Husat ibin lukim displa toksave bilo ol a?
________

I think that's at least unkind, Paul. There are many good men in that group of politicians and, as it happens, it is the good men who have been the driving force behind what is an intricate process of change. This is not change for the sake of change. It is change because change had become a necessity. As for the paperwork, let's wait and see. This story has a long way to go and O'Neill still figures in it hugely - KJ

On my count there are about eight members who are honest and trustworthy.

The rest of them are either unknowns or known crooks and conmen.

I wonder whether those eight can keep their dubious fellow members under control.

That is, of course, whether they actually make it to government.

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