(-+) Someone's Lost Four Fingers
Putting aside FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry's former involvement as Minister of Finance (and therefore shared responsibility) in the Bainimarama administration, Fiji is not alone in having economic difficulties.
If indeed the government is responsible for the poor state of the economy, the responsibility should be shared with four other factors, not mentioned by the FLP or Coupfourpointfive:
- One, the Fiji economy was already in trouble before the 2006 coup;
- Two, the need to borrow massively to repair long-neglected infrastructure and invest in improvements that will help development;
- Three, the ongoing effects of the global recession;
- Four, the damage to the economy by direct and indirect outside political influences. These include the withholding of EU and Commonwealth moneys; restricted aid flows; exclusion from the Forum; travel bans that prevented qualified people from applying for key jobs; mounting investor uncertainty, and the barrage of negative media (and anti-government blog!) news.
So, Mahendra Chaudhry and Coupfourpointfive editors, Congratulations. I don't know what perverse or perverted satisfaction you gain from reporting Fiji's troubles, but there's little doubt you have added to them. True, one finger might fairly point to Bainimarama, but the other four point elsewhere. Start counting.