Appointment of new ministers done in too much haste

Wednesday July 18, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters signs offi cial documents at the swearing-in ceremony for three new ministers at Government House earlier this month. He’s assisted by secretary Anthony Browne (left), while Police Inspector John Strickland looks on. 18071734 Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters signs offi cial documents at the swearing-in ceremony for three new ministers at Government House earlier this month. He’s assisted by secretary Anthony Browne (left), while Police Inspector John Strickland looks on. 18071734

Dear Editor,

“Fools rush in, where wise men fear to tread” is an appropriate maxim, ably defining the apparent desperation behind the recent move by the CIP to appoint three new ministers.

 

The simple fact that Henry Puna as caretaker PM, together with Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters’ obvious agreement and support actually proceeded with this political charade before the final outcome of the High Court petitions is known, is, I believe, just another nail in the coffin of the CIP, who show continued arrogance and disrespect for their people, just as they have over the last eight years.

As everyone knows, the Demos, CIP and the OCI movement have filed with the High Court their respective petitions, which will eventually be sorted out when the High Court make their final determination. As has also been highlighted by the media, “Parliament will not meet until all election petitions filed in the High Court have been finally determined or have been withdrawn or dismissed for want of prosecution.”

This statement is likely the reason why the Demos and OCI Mauke candidate Nane Williams, were simply awaiting the outcome of the High Court’s final determinations, before any potential coalition discussions. After all, obviously Parliament cannot sit until the outcome is known!

In the words of the saying, fools did indeed rush in, creating a political faux pas and bringing embarrassment to those unfortunately manipulated into this charade. The international exposure gained by this political posturing simply confirms how many observers perceive us to be some kind of third world banana republic.

How unfortunate, because we certainly do not deserve to be humiliated (and perhaps ridiculed) by our peers on the international stage.

The CIP government should not have insulted our intelligence with their allotment of the new ministers’ portfolios as these portfolios should have been temporarily held by the caretaker PM and/or his other two Cabinet colleagues, until the High Court petitions were finally completed. All it means is more costs to this country, which we can ill afford.

There is now little we can do but await the legal battle of the petitions in the High Court.

But caretaker PM Puna, I guess you really did indeed “make it happen!” At least for now, anyway.

            Papa Williams      

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