Posts Tagged ‘Elections 2012’

Throw the Book at 'em

Throw the Book at ’em!

FRAUD IS FRAUD – no matter who perpetrates it.

It has become quite clear, in both the eyes of the law and from a moral and ethical standpoint, that we have just witnessed another DESPERATE attempt by DESPERATE people to acquire the positions of power that they DESPERATELY want! I am of course referring to the case against The Speaker which, was concluded in The Speaker’s favour earlier today.

The Claimants in this instance should be held accountable for:

  • Abuse of their position of trust – MP’s supposedly acting in the best interests of their constituents and country at all times rather than themselves;
  • Their FRAUDULENT use of signatures;
  • The time and money they have wasted both of which could have been better used in supporting the Government’s attempts and measures to IMPROVE the state of well-being of the country’s people;
  • Breaches of the law and of the Leadership Code.

The question of course is – “Will justice prevail or will the ‘big men’ get away with it…again?”

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“The Man with the Golden Balls” (apologies to Ian Fleming’s James Bond)

3 Golden Balls

“Two to one, you won’t get your stuff back”.

There is an old joke that these three balls mean – 

“Two to one, you won’t get your stuff back”.

But there’s more to it than that…far more……

(click on the balls above for a good yarn…go on…do it!) Enjoy…….

Choices and Consequences

The elections are over….bar the usual post-election disputes, naturally. Whether you voted or otherwise, you now have to live with the consequences of your choice and actions for the next 4 years.

The WatcherThe Vanuatu elections may not seem important to many, however, it is my view that 2012 is the year we shall look back and reflect upon what went wrong/right with the appointment of a new Parliament. Naturally, I am hoping for more of the “what went right” scenario. So, what could go “wrong”?

 The first thing that comes to mind is that the “Old Guard” will get back into power. You know, the illiterate, crooked, corrupt, unethical, snouts-in-the-trough ones. Every single one of these “big men” has rorted the system for their own benefit time and time again. Promises made – none kept (apart from those that directly benefited their own pockets or power bases). They have consistently lied to the voters; made no real attempt to improve the health and education sectors; forsaken the maintenance and preservation of the Ni-Vanuatu culture; unmercifully ‘milked’ investors and of course – broken the law on frequent occasions with apparent impunity. None of them have had the guts or will or vision to make real change happen for the betterment of Vanuatu as a whole.

 The Public Service is a bloody disgrace, a total shambles presided over by Ministers who have used the bureaucracy for their own ends while doing nothing to help develop a culture of transparency and accountability. The Leadership Code – a joke as far as its enforcement is concerned. The Ombudsman’s Office – a toothless tiger. The PPO (Public Prosecutor’s Office) – hopelessly incompetent and corrupt. Overall, the judicial system is in need of a MAJOR overhaul. The Lands Department and Ministry – what can I say. Even after the recent and most blatant, in-your-face, “up-yours” corruptive practices by the Minister and Lands Department staff “favourites” have failed to produce any reaction from those who are meant to uphold the law…..and the guy is looking to get re-elected. The part that concerns me is that it could damn well happen!

 HOWEVER, THERE IS HOPE FOR CHANGE. There is one HUGE factor at play this time around, one that has never been used before in this country, as a political tool, at least and that is – SOCIAL MEDIA.

 I admit to being an avid follower of Facebook sites such as “YUMI TOKTOK STRET” – a forum that attracts an awesome number of comments and posts. Approaching 10,000 members, I get the impression that the membership is significantly weighted toward the “NOW” generation – 18-30 y.o. In my view, this factor alone stands to result in a voting shift of considerable magnitude. Hopefully, such a shift will take place on polling day, a shift that will clean out the “rubbish” and install some cultural pride and honesty and integrity into the running of this country.

 If we are fortunate enough to see such an improbable outcome take place, then Vanuatu will have a real chance to cement its position as a well-governed, safe, culturally-intact sovereign nation that deserves the title – “The Happiest Place on Earth”! Silip!

The Watcher

“ONE MACAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”. By the way, when I say “man”, I mean this in a non-sexist sense in that “man” or “woman” can be applied here.

Take the present case of Malala Yousufzai. Here is an instance that makes me both proud and disgusted at my fellow human beings and in the latter instance, I use the term “human beings” loosely. 

MALALA is a GIRL, not a woman – a 14 years old teenager, living in the North-West region of Pakistan. A couple of days ago, she was shot, deliberately, by members of the Taliban who had objected to her public promotion pushing education for girls (the Taliban had blown up a lot of the schools, mainly those for girls) and her open criticism of the fundamentalist Islamic movement.

Here’s a youngster who, with the loving support of her immediate family, has MADE A DIFFERENCE, albeit as the result of the actions of fanatics that nearly killed her. The event has evoked a wave of reactions, more of an uproar really, from around the world, including from Pakistan itself. My view? I am not beholden to any religion other than the religion of being able to “live life” as I choose to live it without impinging on the rights of others. But how can anyone, in the name of their God, justify the killing of man, woman or child because they have a different viewpoint. Frankly, to my mind they’re just a bunch of mindless, psychotic mongrels who don’t deserve the right to even be classified as “human beings”. “Lower than a snake’s gut!”

In America and here in Vanuatu (your turn soon, Aussies) we are dead smack in the middle of the election campaigns for the position of President/Prime Minister.

The voters in America (and I find it difficult to sympathize with them as they’re the ones who chose to not vote for true “leaders” in the past) appear to be faced with the choice of electing a President that they least dislike! Not for a President to believe in – just the “best of a bad bunch”. That’s tragic.

At least here in Vanuatu, on 30th October, the citizens DO have the choice…..and the chance to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in just over two weeks’ time.

Under Vanuatu’s Constitution, Citizens can choose to vote….or not vote.

  • Those that choose NOT to vote deserve whatever they get if the wrong people get into power. They will have no moral right to object if their lives become no better…or even worse because of their own apathy.
  • Those that do vote have a choice between a multitude of Parties and Candidates.
  • They can vote for the “old guard” and/or the new.
  • They can vote for crooks or honest men and women.
  • They can vote for those would respect traditional culture or those who would choose to allow and encourage cultural degradation in favour of the pursuit of personal financial gratification (corruption).
  • They can vote for the educated or the illiterate.
  • THIS TIME, it is possible for the “ordinary people” to make a difference – to put back the hopes and dreams for a unified nation with its own sovereignty and culture intact.

We can but hope!

Overseas Luxury Health Care

NOT IN VANUATU!

We have no quality public health care facilities here in Vanuatu. The need for them is paramount. Tragically, people are dying EVERY DAY – unnecessarily due to the lack of services provided to and for the community. The Health and Education systems here require urgent and immediate attention….as a matter of PRIORITY! So far, NO GOVERNMENT has!

It may not cure the existing problem with our derelict health care system and facilities, however, do you not think that our politicians would pay more attention to this MAJOR issue if they were stripped of their parliamentary privilege related to access to tax-payer funded overseas health care for themselves and their “family” with the consequent need to pay any health care costs out of their own pockets?

 

Should Parliament revoke this Privilege in full or maybe with an transparently acceptable “apart from Exceptional Circumstances” application?

This is the third and final chapter in the series – “The War Begins….and It’s coming Your Way!”

Please enjoy……it may save your financial life!

Looking back on last week, it was one of “WOW” factor type events……….

 MONDAY:

Vanuatu “Daily Post”: “The Minister for Education Marcellino Pipite claimed that the information carried in Daily Post’s Saturday issue relating to the Yacht Phocea implicating him and another state minister is politically motivated.”

WOW! The good old “red herring” trick! Don’t mention the fact that HE WAS THERE. Oh,no……let’s try and pretend it never happened…or if it did….doesn’t really matter, does it? After all – he’s a “big man”.

 TUESDAY:

Sky News: “Spaniards Withdraw Money As Recession Deepens”—“The Spanish have withdrawn money from banks at a record rate in July, as official figures show their country’s recession has deepened.” 

WOW! Hard to believe that people, not just in Spain, but also in other countries, are doubting the financial integrity of the banks! Can’t understand why (LOL). 

WEDNESDAY

The Guardian (UK): “Mitt Romney becomes official GOP candidate at last” —“Mitt Romney‘s White House campaign was back on schedule on after he was formally nominated as the Republican presidential candidate…”.On the convention floor many delegates were yet to be won over by Romney, admitting he was not much of a campaigner but optimistic that the anti-Obama sentiment in the country will be the deciding factor on election day. Romney was formally nominated after a theatrical roll-call of delegates, with each state announcing votes for Romney or his last remaining challenger, the libertarian Ron Paul.” 

WOW! I am just so surprised that the GOP (“Grand Old Party”) decided to go with “more of the same”. Can’t have a ‘radical’, common-sense bloke like Ron Paul running the country, can we? We might all lose our jobs, for goodness’ sake! 

THURSDAY

Vanuatu “Daily Post”: “Pipite confirms boarding yacht, denies receiving money”—“The Education Minister Marcellino Pipite has said he will not sue Daily Post and TBV if they apologise to him for defamation of character. On the question of the minister actually went on board, his reply was: “I was invited.” And on the question of who gave the invitation, Minister Pipite replied that the invitation was from government authorities but refused to name the authority from a question by the media.” 

WOW! What a Saint the “Minister of chickens” is! 

FRIDAY

Sorry – No “WOW’s” –  

SATURDAY

Vanuatu Daily Post: “Director explains Vt3.5 million loss”—“When asked if he meant he could not be held accountable for the Vt3.5 million shortfall in the 2010 revenue collections, Mr. Tarilongi accepted he was responsible but maintained that the activities that led to the loss had nothing to do with him”. 

WOW! A back-pedalling Senior Civil Servant! Who woulda thunk it? 

Vanuatu Daily Post: “Immigration late for 117 passengers”. 

WOW! Can you believe it? A Government Department making life difficult for our chief revenue providers (tourists). Unbelievable!

Why "VANUATU GOLD"?

Why choose “VANUATU GOLD” as my heading?

Simple – I have been living in VANUATU for over 7 years and I am a firm believer in the merits of investing in GOLD!

VANUATU is a treasure in itself. “Yes!” – of course it has its own frustrating elements about it. It takes time to get anything done here (just ask anyone who is building a home here or has to have any dealings with the Lands Dept.) and as for the shopping – bloody expensive (due to the cost of imports) and a very limited range of goods available. On the upside, however, is the lack of restrictive Rules & Regulations, no traffic lights (you gotta love that!), NO INCOME TAX, wonderful people with a strong attachment to their traditional culture and great weather.

GOLD is the one element on this planet that is virtually indestructible! Every culture throughout history has revered it. Governments print “money” without apparent fear or favour (look at the US at present) and have their economic policies based on false premises. HOWEVER, those economies/currencies which are backed by strong GOLD reserves are those that will ultimately do well/better during times of financial crisis or what may be coming and that is – a financial holocaust. Which currencies would I invest in right now? Easy – the Swiss Franc and the Yuan. The $US is an absolute basket case. The US government’s bail-out policy (and those of follower nations such as the Eurozone and Australia) of ‘rescuing’ private commercial enterprises such as the banks, finance companies, car manufacturers and the like is DOOMED to failure. It is at best a band-aid solution to a situation that requires major surgery without anaesthetic. If we don’t bear the pain now, it will become a financial near-“life and death” situation sooner than most people realize. Watch out in in late 2012 as I believe that’s when it will “hit the fan”! Soooo – consider your GOLD position before then.