In my last letter I drew your attention to the shame that you, Samoa’s political leader have brought to your people. Oh I know you have a truckload of supporters who love what you give them . . . money, power and opportunity, but there is a deeper matter between us . . . the stuff that only you and I know, because of what has gone before.
The bottom line is that I warned you, and warned you and warned you.
I want the people reading www.palemia.com to know how much this Palagi cared about you and your country before you ripped me off over your ‘floosie’ and even after that – for years in fact. I want them to know that you have chosen to ignore good advice and to do things the proud, ugly Samoan way, and what that really means now that you are at the twilight of your career.
In early 2010, I explained to you the way that the Internet was shaping the way we engage and view the world. I explained that it was like a pipe but that people wanted water. I took a pipe and tap into your office and showed you in a practical sense how just like the people want to use, drink and bathe in the water, people want to use, read and engage with others via content. You understood the pipe. You’ve never understood the water.
The value of the Internet Tui is not the pipe, it is the water. Facebook is not the Internet Tui – it is the people and the information like words and pictures that is the gold.
I told you that you needed to take control of your own online presence. I explained that since the earliest days of the Internet that I had helped people get an online presence, and how important it was. You started to develop a presence online and I showed you John Key’s very professional web presence and how important it was now to present yourself well.
“Ah! Now I understand what you’re talking about!” you said but you again bowed to fools with a personal agenda.
“The Prime Minister doesn’t need a website!” your press secretary said because it wasn’t his idea and he was threatened and jealous. You gave up and years later you are still a Luddite (that means a fool who lives back in the technological dark ages, if you are wondering).
Tui the web is THE most permanent and resilient resource of information in the history of the planet. I told you this and you ignored the good advice I gave you. You are now paying that price and will do so as OLP, I and others into the future will shape the perceptions that people will have about you long after you have gone. Samoa is seen by those from outside as a lazy, corrupt, backwards place that simply doesn’t understand how to market itself online. There is good reason for this – simply look at you, and how you present yourself – more accurately how you don’t! I told you so!
I warned you also that I would publish Corruption in Samoa. I invited you many times to deal with your issues constructively, yet you chose not to. You allowed gossip, lies and your foolish advisors and friends around you to drag you into negative handling of the Palagi. That’s your prerogative as Palemia, but what do people see, Tui, when they search for Palemia, or Tuila’epa? Where does www.tuilaepa.com go, or www.palemia.com?
Negativity, your corruption, your cowardice.
I don’t begrudge what you do or don’t do online in the slightest, as this void simply creates more opportunity for others (like me) to fill the gap that you leave but I want the world to know that I tried to help you, many times over years.
You didn’t avail yourself of that advice – another opportunity missed, like so very many before.
Tui, the lesson from this is not that I’m smart and you’re stupid – sure, with this subject that may be so, but the lesson is that when people come from overseas to help you, and to share their expertise and understanding, if they read this website, they will know that you are best passed by – you are simply a politician who sits in an office looking impressive, smiling and saying, “Yes!” to as many as you can but at the end of the day, really, there’s nothing there!
I know this because I’ve learned it the hard way.
I told you so, Tui. I told you, just like I do now in my next post discussing the way that you control others in Paradise. I get a little philosophical now but it’s an important subject to explore because when we understand how your power games are played, it gives us the tools to break out of that vicious and evil circle of repeating pain that you call “political stability” and I call evil. Then I share with you my thoughts on bribery, something else that comes naturally to Samoan political leaders.