When the party is dictated by policy

15 December 2016

Dear Editor,

Re: P.M., his H.R.P.P Party and the “spoils system” For a government to implement their policies they need compliant public servants, which in Samoa is no different to any other country, just look at Trump’s list of recent appointments.

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When appointments operate outside the government’s expectations, like the situation with the Police, all hell breaks loose.

The Samoan difference is that rather than a party room dictating the policy, like in Australia, here the party is dictated the policy by the P.M., a situation that has evolved probably due to a lone strong individual filling a leadership vacuum.

 

Kevin Hartin

15 December 2016

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