Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ashika report opens huge can of worms for Tonga

"Dalgety, Karalus and Jonesse were trusted by the most powerful men in Tonga. They were taken at their word. One could look back over Tongan history and trace an almost pathological mesmerisation with completely untrustworthy white men.

We could name it "the Shirley Baker syndrome" after the missionary who ended up as premier. Combined with a culture of deference and submission, blind trust in these men is a disaster waiting to happen; a fatal mistake."

in reference to:

"a veritable 629-page feast of power abuses: fraud, lies, misplaced trust, million-dollar debtors, misspent aid, overseas junkets, secret companies, law violations, egos and private interests."
- (view on Google Sidewiki)

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