Beggars can’t be choosers is a phrase that has become defunct in our modern communities.
In fact, it is the beggar who has the most
choices in this life we live.
They can refuse to be housed in a modest two-bedroom
home where the kids share a room, demanding, instead a new house with a room
each, and more.
But don’t expect the beggar to keep it
tidy, look after it or treat it with respect.
Beggars are choosers, they are choosy, and
they are constantly on the bandwagon of handouts.
If you want to know what benefits are
available and how to get them, ask a beggar because they know all about the law
and their rights, and what buttons to push to get more out of the desk clerk
who is just doing their job for less wages than the beggar gets.
One of the saddest movie scenes of a beggar
asking for more is Oliver Twist. You can see he is destitute, you can see he
needs help, you would want to help feed this boy, he looks like a beggar.
If there is one thing our government has
managed to successfully do, is to promote the Cook Islands as the biggest
beggars of the Pacific.
If there is money to be had then our Prime
Minister will sniff it out and dig until he finds some.
It is then, one must jump in and grab the
truffle treasure to share with others.
We are being sold to the world as Oliver
Twist, when in actuality we are the Artful Dodger, we have more than others
know, and we take our beggars bowl to every house counting out its money.
We know our rights, we have no shame, we
choose to beg everyone for everything.
The Prime Minister is pushing the Cook
Islands to be part of the United Nations.
We are a matchstick in the bush fire of
climate change, but he wants us to sit with the Redwoods and Sequoias of the
We contribute only 0.06 of CO2 emissions in
the world, but he wants to be part of the delegations to decide what the world
should be doing about world peace and to save succeeding generations from the
scourge of war…to reaffirm the faith in fundamental human rights… and to
promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
So says the UN charter written on October
If only that was what our government is
No, the leading charge for us to join the
UN is so we can get our greedy little trotters on the International Monetary
Fund IMF “for future financing options”, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.
If we were UN worthy, we would be
addressing domestic violence abuse of our women and children, and our obesity
health problems which is one of the highest in the world.
We are still discriminating against the LBGTQ+
community and we are higher on the list of CO2 emission offenders per capita
than PM Brown is telling the world.
At the recent climate change conference in
Egypt, he made a compelling speech about the fate of the small island nations
and how the big abusers should be paying for us to counteract the effects of
global warming, which may not affect us for 100 years.
Act now, pay us now, because we are victims
of your progress.
We won’t make any promises or be
accountable for how we spend your money, after all, we used up several thousand
to send 15 people to Egypt for a free holiday.
PM Brown makes us sound so pure, and yet
despite having islands covered in green foliage that absorbs CO2, with a very
small population, we have not achieved a negative impact like Bhutan, Suriname
Instead, we produce three times more
emissions per head of capita than India, who has 1.5 billion people and is
decreasing their CO2 from 2017 to 2021 to 1.74.
Here in the Cooks, we have 17,000 people
and our CO2 has increased to 3.16.
Some of the other countries we beat in
emissions are Indonesia 2.09, 275,501,339 population; Brazil 2.11, 215 million.
Mexico 3.05, 127 million. Egypt 2.62, 110million pop. Fiji 2.57, 929 thousand.
Tahiti 3.23, 306 thousand; Tonga 1.11 106 thousand; Kiribati 0.52, 131 thousand.
All the large countries mentioned are
reducing their output, but some Pacific islands are increasing their CO2
It is time to stop talking and start
walking, not driving trucks. If the Cooks wants to be a leader, they should act
like one and lead the charge in climate change by changing themselves, before
asking others to pay for their lavish lifestyle.