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Caveat emptor!

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Dear Editor

Mele Payne Lynch in her illuminating exposé of the politics of Tonga's power generation quotes Albert Einstein on the infinite nature of human stupidity.

Now, in the light of the fact that the Tonga Government is seeking an astonishing $60 million loan earmarked to pay to Shoreline, and in full knowledge that Tupouto'a heads both sides of the deal - publicly as acting Head of State, sending out his PM to find the money, and privately as head of Shoreline setting the price and waiting to receive it - the buyer must indeed Beware!

It appears that in order to buy back the power generation at an outrageous asking price, the state is about to commit many future generations of Tongans to an unparalleled debt burden in order to repay a loan that will go straight into the pockets of an unscrupulous few.

So here is a quote from another Albert to consider, Albert Camus, who was a luminary of folly, said, "the future is the only kind of property that the masters willingly concede to the slaves".

'Ofa atu
Trebla Tonga
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