Threatening the Press

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: e-Tangata. Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva was Tonga’s very own Dear Leader.  Appointing himself the head of a security council of one, he got on Radio New Zealand to announce he was at war with the enemy of the state.  The Tonga Broadcasting Commission was in deep zoo poop.   […]

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Dear Leader

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale ‘Alea o Tonga.Dear Leader was having a spot of bother convincing the Tongan media at the press conference he called on Friday 3rd March, without giving any reason, that “the leader has the last say.”  The press was mouthy, questioning whether his thoughts were factual, lawful, and rational.  […]

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Winning the moral high ground

Noble MPs to Tonga’s Legislative Assembly, Lord Fusitu’a, Lord Tu’ihateiho, Lord Tu’ihangana, Lord Nuku, Lord Tu’ilakepa. Photograph: Fusitu’a. Tonga’s seven noble MPs who tabled a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva may not have won the numbers on the day to elect him out of office at the final count of 10-14 […]

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