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The National, Thursday, April 28, 2011

I have two friends who intend to stand in next year’s general election.
One is an ex-MP while the other has valuable experience but has not been politically active.
Both are graduates of UPNG.
I know their electorates reasonably well and find the prospect of their candidature very interesting and encou­raging.
Both are honest and positive with good track records.
What will happen?
Is it likely that a solid and united block of idealists who are determined to return PNG to a land of fair-share and opportunity-for-everyone will emerge and lead?
Or a group of MPs within which there is a determination to see that justice, good health and a basic education are available to all citizens?
How can a trans-tribal, trans-provincial unifying representative group emerge and coalesce?
The Christians, members of a potentially trans-tribal interest group, have tried and failed.
One hopes they will try again.
Is my suggestion, made in The National late last year, regarding the adoption of the LLG system as the foundation of national politics worth a consideration by intending candidates?
As is now widely accepted, a “party-system” imposed upon a classless, landowning society has been an encumbrance; a matrix for the rise of a dissatisfied and increasingly resentful electorate.
In a society which has remained socially classless and universally landowning, with a common interest and hope for the future, the first indigenous class to emerge and show its strength and influence as a unit above the commonality is the political class, which has appropriated much for the loss and neglect of the mass of the people.
Even the best-known politicians have made statements recognising this as a problem.
How can a society, which is completely divorced from knowledge and influence with the first indigenous social class it has ever seen, get out of the shadow of a shady and selfish party-system and into direct, positive, productive contact with its hausmen, its direct representatives, the MPS?


John Fowke
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