I see the newspaper infrequently. Lately they’ve been stocking it in the Tuisivi store, though, so I’ve glanced at the headlines. I swear, I could not make up these stories. They would be perfect fodder for a sitcom.
Because I’m too cheap to actually buy the paper, I’m going to be paraphrasing, but trust me, while the quotes aren’t exact, the meaning is the same.
One headline recently was something along the lines of “Prime Minister Threatens to Hire Palagis” Palagis are foreigners. Usually considered to be white, but pretty much any foreigner seems to be considered a palagi. It still annoys me, by the way, to be referred to by people who know me as “palagi” rather than my name.
Anyway, the story was about allegations of corruption and incompetence among employees in the various Ministries (Health, Education, Finance, etc.) The Prime Minister seemed to be acknowledging that the allegations were true and that if staff didn’t “shape up”, he’d start hiring palagi to “get the job done."
Imagine Obama going to the press to say that if the IRS didn’t shape up, he’d hire Canadians to do their jobs.
Another recent headline was about another comment from the Prime Minister. I’ve never seen, let alone met, the man but based on speeches I’ve heard him make, he’s a pip. In this speech he requested that members of Parliament not show up drunk for sessions.
There are more. Check out the website for the Samoan Observer. Like I said, I couldn’t make this stuff up.