The attempted extortion racket by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu over Australia’s coal mining and co2 emissions and their attempt to blackmail and gouge more money, over and above the half a billion dollars already on the table from the Australian taxpayer, is typical of the historic and literal definition of the term, ‘cargo cult’.
The cargo cult mindset pertains roughly to these very same islands and dates back to the late 19th and early 20th century.
Here we are, one hundred and twenty years later and their grasping expectations haven’t changed.
Defined as — “A belief system among undeveloped societies of Melanesian islands in which adherents practice superstitious rituals hoping to bring modern goods supplied by a more technologically advanced society”, the superstitious ritual and voodoo of climate change is a perfect fit.
Like climate change itself, the demands of the Prime Minister of Tuvalu is a shakedown worthy of Tony Soprano and is particularly galling not only because of the way he scoffs at the half billion dollars which our drought stricken farmers would love, but because we know and fully understand the duplicitous game he’s playing by attempting to play China off against Australia and all while China continues to be the largest emitter in the world with no commitment or intention of easing up any time soon.
The leaders of all these Pacific backwaters must think we’re dumb, gullible, ignorant and stupid. Depending on how the Morrison government handles this grenade, they may well be proven right.