The Tongan PM has decided to take a strong stand by sitting on the fence between Aust/NZ and Frank and his PIDF. Tu’ivakano says the PIDF and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat can co-exist and work together, which is fine except for the question of who pays. Let’s not forget that Frank’s problem is his bruised ego. His exclusion from the Forum needed the support of his fellow Island leaders and it really hurt when they gave it. Naturally he blames Australia and New Zealand rather than Island leaders but they voted him out because he broke a promise he made to them. So what does Frank really want? Who knows? Given that he is motivated by wounded pride, no one knows what he expects to achieve? What does Australia want? Who knows? But the meeting does give Australia an opportunity to save a whole lot of money by getting out of all these regional bodies (PIF in Suva and SPC in Noumea) and leaving it to Frank’s New-Found Friends to fund Frank’s Own Forum? Wouldn’t that be a laugh. It would leave Frank and his buddies with holding the baby.