"It seems it takes an American insurrection for us to focus on the state of our Cook Islands democracy."
It seems it takes an American insurrection for us to focus
on the state of our Cook Islands democracy. Thomas Wynne got it bang on. The
Cook Islands democracy is sick. In the same news issue John Scott brings up the
Two years ago, your newspaper took an unusual step by
deciding to no longer accept non de plumes in letters to the editor. I believe
by doing this you have silenced the many compromised public servants,
contractors, members of large families and the many others that Thomas
Thomas puts it so well – “Silence happens in unhealthy
democracies for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is because people are afraid
to speak up for fear of losing a livelihood or never being selected or
appointed. Or because of the backlash from those in power, or more concerning,
because they are complicit, because they benefit from the silence, or because
they want that benefit to continue or simply, people have given up hope for
I am sure you have noticed the huge drop in letter
contributions when you adopted a policy of not accepting letters from the
compromised. Even if you didn’t notice I certainly did. Surely it is time to
revisit this decision. It could be taken that your last, two remaining
political opinion writers were pointing out that your newspaper has been
complicit in silencing the voices of the compromised.
Editor – The decision to not accept non de plumes in letters to the editor is under review. We will advise our readers of the outcome once the review is completed.