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Demos not to blame for country’s woes

Thursday December 13, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Prime minister Henry Puna and deputy prime minister Mark Brown, fortifi ed their government with three new Cabinet ministers earlier this year. However, fi ve months later they have little to celebrate, says letter writer Papa Williams. 18121282 Prime minister Henry Puna and deputy prime minister Mark Brown, fortifi ed their government with three new Cabinet ministers earlier this year. However, fi ve months later they have little to celebrate, says letter writer Papa Williams. 18121282

Dear Editor,

The letter by “Teariki Terotero”, headlined, “Is this the end of the Demo Party?” in CINews on December 6 really cracked me up.

That’s because truth be known, it really should have been headlined, “Is this the end of the CIP government?”

 

All the minor, insignificant rumours and speculations, half-truths and outright lies, that “TT” readily shares, criticising the Demo Party executives, caucus members, puna committee members and supporters about “spuriously rumoured” trials and tribulations of infighting,  and cries of “who is the leader, leader,” rubbish, is just that. It is insignificant rubbish written by the CIP to hopefully spark Demo infighting and betrayal.

But Demo supporters are very faithful to their cause “TT”, which is to kick your incompetent and debt-ridden CIP government out of office.

Do you really think we're just as dumb as you are, and can’t that see your letter is intended to distract us away from your CIP government’s total and absolute annihilation of themselves as a broken and desperate government? Right now, they are amply demonstrating their incompetency and their clumsy mismanagement of our Te Ipukarea Paradise’s finances - and the nation's future.

Perhaps it may appear the Demos have had a few teething problems, but come on e hoa, here is the simple truth that we all know: The Cook Islands Party, which I regard as corrupt, has been in government for more than eight years. In that time they have virtually bankrupted us, both morally and financially. That’s the CIP - not the Demos! And the impact on society of their bad governance has shredded our moral fabric, our humanity, our integrity - and our future.

Thanks to this CIP government, clearly supported by a blind and misinformed “TT”, our Ipukarea’s future is extremely bleak. It appears that the Cook Islands, as a result of huge debt brought about by Puna and Brown, will likely belong to that country with which Trump is now having a trade war.

Following are just some of the areas where this CIP government's has messed up over the last eight years.

1. Miscarriage of justice: Car crashes involving PM Puna and former CIP Health minister Glassie caused injury, but no charges were laid. Subsequently there were allegations that in the Cook Islands there is one law for elected politicians, and another for everyone else.

2. Miscarriage of Justice: The Court of Appeal's declaration that former CIP Aitutaki MP Mona Ioane was guilty of electoral bribery...but he remained, and still remains unprosecuted. Again, one law for them, another for us.

3. The infamous $5.1m core-tax write-off, that should and could have been repaid back over time to MFEM. It showed there is one law for the rich and privileged, and another for the poor and under-privileged.

4. No doctors in the Pa Enua, only on Raro and Aitutaki. So why do Crown ministers/politicians get referrals to New Zealand instead of using our Raro doctors and nurses as we all do? Again, nothing but the best for the pollies and their families, while they treat us like so much rubbish.

5. Illegal money-grab from pensioners' bank accounts – the heartless CIP government showed themselves to be thieves!

6. Anti-purse seine public marches - a petition with many thousands of signatures expressing Cook Islanders’ anger at the EU Purse Seine agreement that PM Puna signed, mostly because his government lost the Aitutaki by-election. A vindictive reaction on the part of the PM, in my opinion.

7.         Te Mato Vai – the government had a disagreement with the landowners, and there was yet another petition expressing the sheer outrage and anger of many thousands of our people, who warned government about the total absence of robust consultation with the landowners who always do the right thing for their people. And then of course, the CIP government chose not to take a cautious approach and the TMV cost escalated from $60m to $90m, then to $120m-plus. Meanwhile, it would have only cost some $6m-$7m to subsidise three or four 5,000 litre water tanks per house.

So now, “TT”, convince us why the Demos don't deserve to be the people's new government. And what do you think our Queen's Representative, the newly-knighted and hugely loved and admired Sir Tom Marsters, will humbly demonstrate to his people, with regard to his honourable intentions for our future?

Yes indeed, time really will tell with whom our future lies.

            Papa Williams