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MP deals look typical of Cook Islands politics

Monday July 16, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
‘Hang on to your hat…’ A jubilant Janette Browne congratulates new cabinet minister George Maggie after his swearing-in at Government House. 18071503 ‘Hang on to your hat…’ A jubilant Janette Browne congratulates new cabinet minister George Maggie after his swearing-in at Government House. 18071503

Dear Editor,

The ink is hardly dry on the newly-signed MPs’ membership of the Cook Islands Party and already the snake in the grass deviance typical of Cook Islands politics is rampant, with daily releases and reports that lead you into thinking one thing, which then ends up being the complete opposite. 

The secret signing of the MPs before public announcement reeks of covert dealings. After the election with so much happening by the time you decided to make a comment, bam the deal is done the papers signed.

After the shock revelation you think, “OK, I must comment on Rose becoming deputy.”

Then bam, the rug is taken out from under and she has already been put out to pasture with the agriculture portfolio. 

I reckon Henry Puna was soliciting George Maggie's favour long before the snap election and the promise of portfolios has become evident. But at what cost to the real issues One Cook Islands wanted to bring to the table? A promise of lots of shiny red toys for George? 

Interestingly he gets the BTIB portfolio. But what does he know of business? 

In my opinion, he was given that portfolio because he is considered an easy mark. He doesn't know the ins and outs of national politics or business, making it easy to pull the wool over his eyes. In my eyes, that is the most deviant move the government has made so far. Now rumours are rife – and have been for months, that the Chinese are seeking control of the BTIB. 

Well if that is the case, there goes local business in this country, right down the toilet. We might as well dig a big hole all the way to China and let them help themselves, then chop suey and chowmein will become our local staple food dishes. 

CIP will no longer stand for “Cook Islands Party”. Instead, it will mean “Chinese in Power”.

            Going the Wong Way

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