RESPECT - A “Little” Victory Over a “Big Man” By Phil Manhire booked their flight arrange- values shared to a greater or for any other Vanuatu-based ments and the Minister only lesser degree by different political party! Sacre Bleu! had an open ticket, they should societies and individuals. In But “what the heck has this got have priority. The Minister recent times, 'respect' has to do with money?” you may thought otherwise and put all become synonymous with well ask. Well, in a way, it has sorts of pressure on Air subordination, submission, or to do with RESPECT. Vanuatu staff and others in an obedience”. effort to get his way. If we are to have true LEADERS, The antonym and opposite of Those “dinosaurs” who under- then we must ensure that those End result? The tourists had respect is CONTEMPT. estimate its power are doomed designate will need to show their way, the Air Vanuatu staff Got that? Let’s return for a RESPECT for others, regardless to fail – to be replaced by more and others who stood up to the moment to the Minister of of their social status, their race, contemporary-thinking, well- Minister’s unsavoury bullying chickens and others of his ilk, their age, colour or religion. educated, articulate and tactics also had a moral victory such as the Minister who thinks intelligent people. and the foolish Minister They will need to show that he is so important and lost.....got his come-uppance! It really pleases me to see the RESPECT for the opinions of deserving of “respect” that, high level of activity on social others. They’ll also need to Once upon a time, there The moral to this little story is with total impunity, he can beat show that they have the ability media sites such as Facebook. was a self-proclaimed “Big that this was a BIG win by up people whose opinions he AND desire to PRESERVE, Man” who thought he could grass-roots people and is a doesn’t like and threaten others PROTECT and RESPECT cultural lord it over all and sundry - great example of how the with violence (such as throwing “kastom”. “little” people can be BIG them out the window) and until he faced the power of champions of decency, common getting drunk and aggressive in Such leaders would inevitably some “little people”. courtesy and most of all – public. Then of course there are find themselves leading a The little story I am about to RESPECT. the other Ministers who also nation of happy and “life-rich”, tell you is “GOLD” and is the love being passengers on the enterprising, healthy people. absolute truth........and it’s As you all know, this is just one gravy train and who also show example of “Big Man” attitude When people live in such an about a “Big Man” getting his their outright CONTEMPT for that still prevails in this country environment, they tend to come-uppance...........at grass- the “little” people and as well as in my birthplace (OZ) evolve and acquire skills that roots level. It gave me the DISRESPECT for the positions of and other countries. help them make their way in chuckles and I hope it does the authority that they hold by I say this because the posts on the modern world. same for you..... Hopefully, some of the Vanuatu ripping off the system via sites such as “YACV” (Youth “Big Men” will read this, reason providing “jobs for the boys”, One of those skills is that of There’s a little airport (Ulie) Against Corruption Vanuatu), being that they may choose to dodgy (read – ‘dishonest’) land MAKING MONEY, having the near a little place (Sameo) on a “YUMI TOKTOK STRET”, “ME follow a BIG piece of advice and deals and so on it goes. human and technical resources, little island (Ambrym) in a little HAREM SE ???”, “ELECTION go about learning the meaning ably backed by a healthy living Archipelago of 83 islands called At the time that this goes to SPOTLIGHT 2012” and “PACIFIC of the word – “RESPECT” environment in the first Vanuatu a few hours from print, it will only be 66 days to INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC POLICY” because they sure as hell give th instance (clean air, clean places like Australia, New 30 October. are great show-cases displaying the impression that they sorely water), to develop financially Zealand and New Caledonia. the full depth of feeling on need some education on the Folks, I ask that you please favourable trade opportunities issues such as corruption and In fact, this little place attracts subject. remember the actions of the with others, be they local or transparency. It’s terrific to see tourists from all around the “Big Men” at election time. No international. and be able to enjoy the world. Why? Because it usually matter where you live, get rid repartee between serious Nevertheless, MAKING MONEY means the end of an adventure of any whose traits are to be participants, their impassioned is one thing. MANAGING for those same tourists – disrespectful, contemptuous, arguments cum discussions MONEY is altogether another walking across the island onto self-serving, full-of-themselves about current affairs. matter. The purpose of the and in some cases, into, active antithesis of “servants of the MAKING (the betterment of volcanos (Marum and Benbow). people” - as soon as you can. As a constant watcher and user people’s lives – financially and That is one Hell of a walk/ of social media, it’s interesting It’s not that hard! There are spiritually) can be readily journey. Even for the fittest, It is to note that only one political some truly honourable, decent defeated by corruption and physically, mentally and Party has bothered to keep up men and women waiting in the greed. We see and hear emotionally challenging.....in a with the times – the GRAON wings, ready, willing and able examples of it everywhere. In big way, so I am told. mo JASTIS PATI, headed up by to do their bit – for Vanuatu, the newspapers. On the TV. On the Hon. MP Ralph Regenvanu. A very recent article in “The not for what they can do for the radio. By way of the very Independent” quoted - “...the themselves in keeping their efficient “coconut drums” wire. Minister of Education was position at the trough. As we have seen VERY recently, stranded in the island of If you aren’t a “Big Man”, then people are becoming more Embrym (their spelling mistake, frankly, it’s up to you to ensure concerned about and conscious not mine) because he has that they “get the message”, At this point, I need to make of the need for MANAGING finished his travelling budget”. sooner rather than later. So something perfectly clear MONEY in a no-holds-barred what is “respect”? To quote Now let me tell you the truth..... before going any further. atmosphere of............. Wikipedia (any highlights are Earlier this week, a group of mine)......... I am NOT, I repeat - NOT ABSOLUTE TRANSPARENCY & May I also humbly suggest that, international tourists who had making a “political statement” ABSOLUTE PROFESSIONALISM. “Respect” gives a positive when you get to cast your vote pre-booked their flight back to NOR attempting to “influence feeling of esteem or deference in a little over nine weeks’ time, To sum it all up and as I’m sure Port Vila Bauerfield Airport, politics” in this country NOR for a person or other entity you give serious attention to my father would have said –“It were in the process of boarding wishing to appear to be (such as a nation or a religion), looking at the records of the takes an honest man to do when along came a “Big Man” recommending any one Party and also specific actions and established parties and their that!” – the Vanuatu Government versus another. conduct representative of that parliamentary representatives. Education Minister. He insisted Until next week . . esteem. Respect can be a However, the very fact that the that he and his entourage I have done just that and I must specific feeling of regard for the GJP has its own website is “HAPPY INVESTING!” which, included two heavily say that every one of them has actual qualities of the one worth noting because as far as I bejewelled women, a couple of “come up short”, for one reason email@example.com respected (e.g., "I have great am aware (and I am prepared minders and two chickens (?), or another. Every Party has had respect for her judgment"). It to stand corrected!), it is the P.S. I’m still bullish on GOLD be given priority passenger and in many instances, still has, can also be conduct in accord only Party that has one as pro- rights ahead of the tourists. people totally undeserving of with a specific ethic of respect. active, as informative and as Apparently, offered up were the “little” peoples’ vote come Rude conduct is usually transparent (there’s a first for such options as leaving some October. I am referring to the considered to indicate a lack of Vanuatu for a start!). Good behind to catch a later plane or constant “ship-jumpers” and respect, disrespect, whereas grief, they even publicize, on leaving the tourists’ luggage those who speak with forked actions that honour somebody their front page, what activities behind to compensate for the tongues – the crooks. or something indicate respect. they have been involved in and weight of the Minister and Specific ethics of respect are of SOCIAL MEDIA is, I believe wait for it – how they have hangers-on. And then the fight fundamental importance to and hopefully not just wishful been spending their Ministerial started.......... various cultures. Respect for thinking on my part, likely to Allocations (tax-payer monies)! The tourists (including people in tradition and legitimate have a BIG effect in the forth- Come to think of it, I cannot their 60’s) rightfully insisted authority is identified......as one coming elections – here in recall seeing ANY other website that they as they had pre- of five fundamental moral Vanuatu, Australia and the US.
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