I have said before and I’ll say it again. Face to face he is a gutless coward. Without his bully boys beside him he hasn’t got the bottle to say boo to anyone.
In Tonga last year he made a clear promise that elections would be held no later than March 2009. Why did he do it? Not because he had any intention of holding elections – he had made that clear before he went – but because when he was faced with leaders he couldn’t intimidate, he wet his pants and promised, no qualifications, he would hold elections.
So, he’s too scared of the voters to hold an election and he will also be too scared of Pacific Forum leaders to face them and explain his lie.
His solution: send Mr Nice Guy Ulukau to Niue with the message that Frank can’t meet his commitment. It’s a free trip, there’ll be a chance of a bit lasaituba away from the dragon, so he won’t mind looking like a fool one more time.