Letters to the Editor
Letters are one of the most important parts of the paper because this is where the community has a chance to have its say. All letters to the editor received will generally be published, provided they are not defamatory or are covering exactly the same ground by the same writer.
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This is an open letter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
I hope Queen’s Representative Tom Masters QR will forward it to her, together with copies to New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and deputy PM Winston Peters.
While we are all being distracted by the comings and goings of the recent elections, under the radar work is continuing towards turning our wonderful island life into a political straightjacket.
If the veteran MPs and newly-minted MP-elects came together and were to share political power along geopolitical lines, there is still the plum post as the Speaker of the House to be considered in the mix.
Somewhere on the island, senior politicians from all political groupings gathered in an impressive display of unity.
I am truly horrified that Noeline Browne has suggested that political newcomer Vaitoti Tupa would be a good choice to take one of the ministerial postings in a new government. OMG.
Regardless of who takes over the running of the country now, one thing is for sure the people have spoken and the fact the key roles of infrastructure, health, environment and infrastructure are no longer in the hands of old and tired Cabinet ministers, says something about the mood of the people.
The political commentary in the news has been very insightful yet disturbing as it reveals political jockeying for positions behind closed doors.
There comes a time every four years that the Cook Islands has a valuable opportunity to renew itself and kindle a fresh commitment to work together in the never-ending process of developing our country.