Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Phone Calls

When I read that Commander Frank Bainimarama had given his 01 phone number to the people of Lau, I thought back to the days when politicians came around villages and towns to make promises. At a rally a few years ago, the vying politician would say, “I will be your voice if I get into Parliament. I will make sure you get what you want.” Well, maybe not in those exact words but the manifestos usually said it.

Many politicians also gave their phone number to people but when people did call, they would get irritated. The promise was, “Please come to my office anytime.” But when they got there they had to make an appointment because the line was “two years” long. This, of course, was after the politicians had entered the hallowed halls of Parliament.

For some of them it was like the fairy story when the bad man is banished from the kingdom and never to be seen or heard from again.  Until, five years later and elections came round again, when they would emerged from the woodwork with shirt buttons almost busting at the belly button. Usually with a grin on their faces that would put the joker to shame.

But, coming back to the 01 number, I do hope people only call up the Commander to give valid information, and not to ask what he's having for dinner.

Allen Lockington


Invictus said…
Allen here is a little rehashed rendition of Frederick M. Lehman, 1919 Royal Telephone.

Bai’s never busy, always on the line; you may hear from him almost any time; ‘tis a Fijian service, free for one and all; when you get in trouble, give this Bai a call.

Telephone to Bai, oh, what joy divine! I can feel the current moving on the line, built by P&T for we loved and own; we may talk to Bai through this Military telephone.

There will be no charges, telephone is free, it was built for service, just for you and me; there will be no waiting on this Military line, Telephone to glory always answers just in time.

Fail to get the answer, Qarase crossed your wire, by some strong delusion, or some base desire; Take away obstructions, Bai is on the throne, And you'll get your answer through this Military telephone.

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