In Monday night’s news, Mark Brown’s ranting, saying that
everyone who is in the CAC (Citizens Against Corruption) group should be
“ashamed of yourselves”.
This ranting by Mark Brown, is discrimination of a group of
Cook Islands citizens. A mature and decent PM should not be saying such things
on TV to the public.
Discrimination is described as the unjust and prejudicial
treatment of different groups of people. Clearly, Mark Brown was showing
discriminatory behaviour and name calling.
The question that needs to be asked is, is the PM Mark Brown
perfect? Of course not, no one is perfect, both in principles and morals. It is
unfortunate that Mark Brown has to stoop so low as to open himself to public
Our Constitution protects justice for all citizens in the
Cook Islands. Justice is equality, fairness and access for all.
There is a saying, look at yourself first before you
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Mark Brown stands on the steps of the Rarotonga Court House,
like King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army won the battle of Heraclea but suffered
irreplaceable casualties wielding the word truth, like a man swats flies, not
realising they are drawn to him and his mentor, Henry Puna by what is stuck to
both of their shoes.
Regardless of the verdict, what was evident to the Cook
Islands public was a Speaker of the House of Parliament who made “confusing”
decisions that fell outside of Parliament’s rules and regulations and Clerks of
Parliament, who despite saying no, had decisions overruled failing to protect
the public’s hard earned money and taxes.
$47,000 may seem trivial to Mr Brown and Mr Puna, but to any
of us in business and those in the private and public sector their exaggerated
sense of entitlement to our money was caught in their eagerness to berate those
who spoke against them.
How dare Henry Puna boldly stand on the steps of the Courts
and speak of the bad name that others have brought on our country, accusing
them of smearing our country’s reputation by their actions and behaviours?
Mr Brown positions himself as the saviour of our country,
working diligently to save us and our businesses, while he continues to live a
life, a wage and privileges, little if any different, to our business lives
Please do not stand on the steps of our Courts and tell us
to be grateful and thankful, while we all suffer and you continue a life of
luxury and do not insult us Mr Puna, with statements on keeping the dignity and
reputation of our country intact, and to safeguard from those that would wish
to bring it down.
God is not mocked, what a man sows, that he surely will
Certainly, in these “unprecedented times” some light-hearted
relief is needed but why does CI News feel that we are interested in the
minutiae of her intimate bathing rituals and those of her uncouth partner.
Surely the valuable space in a newspaper could be utilised
by a columnist who has something worthwhile and relevant to say. I am sure
there are plenty of well-educated writers out there who can pen an article or
two that are not racist, sexist or an insult to a person’s intelligence.
Please do not subject us to this inane attempt at articles
which tarnish the good name of this paper.
Your anti-ism reader
Ruta Mave replies: It’s a sad day when we can’t laugh at ourselves. Laughter is good for the heart, mind and soul. Sadly, some people dance in the rain, others just get wet. I hope your life will be ‘showered’ with fun and laughter.