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James Marape and Scott Morrison - what image do they want us to see? And how closely does it relate to the real leader?

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY – Keith’s now in London and getting a first hand experience of Britain’s transition to the rule of Boris Johnson and it will be interesting to watch how Boris the new prime minister progresses.

I'm not quite sure what image of himself he is trying to project and what he hopes will capture the minds of the credulous voters of the United Kingdom.

It is also still a mystery what sort of image Papua New Guinea’s James Marape is trying to project.

On the one hand he is trying to establish himself as someone who will not tolerate being leaned on by Australia while he has also projected an image of a transparent communicator with a strong bias against corruption.

I don't think anyone since Michael Somare has managed to manufacture a persona with such wide appeal in PNG and I'm not sure Marape (unlike Bryan Kramer for instance) has the charisma to do it.

One of the most appealing aspects of Michael Somare, at least when he was younger, was that he would actually answer questions put to him. This was very refreshing and quite unusual. He was a bit like Bob Hawke in this respect.

Most politicians are experts in avoiding giving answers to embarrassing questions. They blather and deflect to achieve this. Morrison is good at it but some of his ministers really struggle.

I was watching the federal communications minister, whose name I immediately forgot, yesterday attempting not to answer a question about influencing a government committee.

I was delighted when the astute journalist interviewing him said his refusal to answer the question obviously indicated that he had in fact done what he was struggling to deny.

Unfortunately I doubt whether the lesson will be learned by the colleagues of this forgettable twit who has just added fuel to the fire of the less credulous public who increasingly dismiss what the political class says.

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