He raises a valid point, one that must be democratically discussed.
The wry American writer Mark Twain once wrote, “There are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Twain could have hyperbolised further and added, “official government statistics”, possibly the worst lies of all.
My experience as a New Zealand citizen is that wherever a large pot of money exists in any organisation, there are many dishonest spoons eager to dip into it. “The Accountant” may have a point.
One hallmark of a healthy democracy is that such issues and non-issues are freely discussed in the media. We need stirrers, provided they only stir with pens, not clubs.
I have no facts to either agree or disagree with “The Accountant”, but his letter secures my belief that Rarotonga is a healthy democracy.
Most important is that the CINews is free to publish his politically-challenging letter.
I would remind “The Accountant” that in any democracy there is a presumption of innocence of any persons accused.
It is up to him to prove the $27 million surplus is a smoke-and-mirrors exercise, it is not up to the government to disprove his allegations.
In my opinion, all’s well in Rarotonga politically, but of course I may be wrong. I hope not, we’ve had a wonderful week.
My thanks to “The Accountant” and CINews, and the friendly people of Rarotonga.
Christchurch, New Zealand