‘Horse trading’ turns into ‘money trading’

Thursday July 12, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Pictured after the swearing-in ceremony at Government House last Thursday are (from left), new cabinet minister Rose Toki Brown, prime minister Henry Puna, Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters, and new ministers George Maggie and Robert Tapiatau. Tapiatau and Brown stood as independent candidates in the general election, while George Maggie came from the One Cook Islands movement. 18071106 Pictured after the swearing-in ceremony at Government House last Thursday are (from left), new cabinet minister Rose Toki Brown, prime minister Henry Puna, Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters, and new ministers George Maggie and Robert Tapiatau. Tapiatau and Brown stood as independent candidates in the general election, while George Maggie came from the One Cook Islands movement. 18071106

Dear Editor,

We watched in amazement at the line-up of the new government Members of Parliament – namely the two independents and the sole One Cook Islands movement member.

 

Is there a certainty that the much awaited court cases and petitions will change the outcome?

One thing is for sure, when the term “horse trading” was coined by a senior MP in describing negotiations with the three MPs after the election, it was rather the image of “money trading” that came to mind. Sadly, it was the colour of the money!

My point is this.

Our country desperately needs people of the highest calibre and principles.

People who have our best interests at heart and who have the ability to act and speak collectively on our behalf.

The Cook Islands has a special place in this world and many things are changing rapidly. Respect is earned and time will reveal whether our leaders act in service to others or service unto themselves.

I love this country and many of us are working silently each day towards a wonderful future for those who come after us.

            Paine Ryburn

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