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Blind Freddie Award

Nominations are now open for our inaugural “BLIND FREDDIE AWARD”

We think it’s appropriate to add a bit of light-hearted spice to a serious topic currently in the news – CORRUPTION in POLITICS, Political Parties, Politicians, Political Supporters and Political Commentators (the latter including all news and social media contributors).

So – “where does the term “Blind Freddie” come from”, you may well ask.

There are a number of theories on this but the general consensus of opinion is that it came about in the early 1900’s, based on a real-life character – a hawker in Sydney, Australia.

The commonly-accepted use of “Blind Freddie” is for an imaginary person supposed to have little or no perception and representing the highest degree of incompetence, especially in the phrase – “Blind Freddie could see that!”

For a “Blind Freddie Award” nomination to be accepted by the Adjudicator (us!), the potential Awardee must be shown to either….

Be blissfully unaware of the meaning of and/or be a supporter of and/or be knowingly involved in Corruption/Corruptive Practices including any of the following:

  • Nepotism
  • Cronyism
  • Lack of Integrity
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Behaviour Demeaning his/her Office or Position
  • Leadership Code Breach
  • Unethical Behaviour

To get the ball rolling, we have already included some potential Award “Winners”.

The eventual Winners will be announced on 1st May, 2014.

Ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is bliss

…….then many of Vanuatu’s politicians must live in a constant state of euphoria.

The latest example one can point to is the Willie Jimmy/Sato Kilman so-called “kastom reconciliation” – a clear case of “self-serving” rather than “nation-serving” political BS.

In an effort to educate those who don’t understand their meaning, the following Oxford Dictionary definitions would be worth learning and practising by these two political figures and any like-minded supporters of their actions:

INTEGRITY – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles

MORAL – Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour; Holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct

PRINCIPLE – Morally correct behaviour and attitudes

Oh yes, just in case they don’t quite “get it”, a couple more definitions for them…….

IGNORANT – Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated

EUPHORIA – A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness

MP-Moana-Carcasses-SponsorshipMake no mistake about it – the new government has been handed a HUGE mess, a mess created by previous administrations. Nepotism, cronyism, stupidity, ignorance, theft and outright fraud have all taken their toll on the economy and the social fabric of Vanuatu society under these same administrations. In many, many instances it comes back to corruption – intentional raping of Vanuatu’s financial resources by those in positions of power in government and the public sector.

In fact, I believe strongly that the main reason for the fall of Sato Kilman’s government and their subsequent replacement by the team led by the new PM, Moana Carcasses, is the issue of corruption.

However, maybe now, for the first time ever in the history of Vanuatu, it can be said that a new government is there upon the back of its mandate to eliminate corruption. Emanating from this, of course, are two key questions – (a) Can they do it? and (b) Do they have the political will to do it?

So, let’s get back to the mess left for the new powers-that-be. Vanuatu is effectively bankrupt, in my view. The country is financially dependent upon the largesse of Aid donors. It has massive debts, very little export income and an enormous reliance on imported goods. The public service is overweight, no – obese with incompetent people, ineffectual systems and processes and a lack of work ethic. The public sector is waaaay too large and has a culture that encourages corruptive practices.

In an interview with MP Ralph Regenvanu, Radio NZ states “However, the new-look cabinet faces an unprecedented budget deficit, something the new Lands Minister Ralph Regenvanu admits is a huge problem.” Hell yes!

In the same article, the new Finance Minister, Willie Jimmy is reported to state that “he will seek assurances from heads of all public departments that they can achieve their budget targets”.

Well, for the sake of the economic health of Vanuatu and the new government’s attempts to fix things, I truly hope that MP Jimmy has been misquoted.

We do NOT want or need assurances that they can achieve their already-established budgets because most, if not all the Departmental budgetary considerations are likely to be based on false premises anyway.

What we DO want and need is a more pragmatic approach. MP Ralph has already stated the need to cut costs and unnecessary spending….and he’s correct. Simultaneously, the government’s export income and statutory revenue collection processes need to be investigated and improved as well. By this, I’m certainly not advocating that the new government continues down the same path as previous governments in their efforts to “kill the golden goose” – a.k.a. the ex-pat driven business community.

Oh yeah – and please, get some co-operative efficiency into areas such as the Immigration Department – another hopelessly inefficient, poorly-managed public SERVICE (“service” – what’s that, the PIO said?) that needs a swift kick in the bum!