Speak truth to power

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Alex Perrottet. Dear Leader, Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, was obsessed with dismantling Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC).  His fixation dominated the airwaves. Announcing on Radio New Zealand that “replacing the leadership of the state broadcaster is all part of a plan to introduce positive change in the country,” his […]

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Not Mr Apple, visit Mr Budget

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Fale ‘Alea o Tonga. Under the Dear Leader regime of Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, something odd happened every year just before the sitting of parliament.  Desolate gloom cloaked the land, and no one dared talk about the budget.  It appeared this small island developing state was convinced Mr […]

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The call of the Friendly Islands

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Photograph: Google Images. Someone circulated a satirical meme about Dear Leader – The Prime Minister of Tonga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva – who spouted to Radio Australia that in his country, “media is a government property.”  The confused reasoning?  He figured he dictated the industry. That was about the time some brave […]

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It looks very odd

Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva (3rd from right) and cabinet ministers. Photograph: Matangi Tonga. “It looks very odd,” exclaimed Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Tonga’s very own Dear Leader.  Speaking to the media at his legendary imagine I’m running a White House Press Conference, he blurted out an idea off the top of his head.  It […]

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