The FLAPSLUP Party: Do Not Be Deceived
Chaudhry and Beddoes in particular are interested in only one thing: a return to power, preferably in government or if not, a return to the mana and exercise of some power as senior members of parliament. Qarase is likely to be "otherwise engaged.”
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In this way, the essentially Indo-Fijian FLP, the essentially iTaukei SDL and the leftover-of-other races party, the UPP, would no longer have to pretend to be multi-ethnic.
They could keep their agendas while posing as a single party that would include all ethnicities and so meet one of the criteria for entering the 2014 election. What is more, they would certainly win seats in the election, perhaps enough to become government.
And then, as they enjoy the spoils, they could start to dissemble all the measures that have been moving Fiji towards a truly multi-ethnic society for the past six years. Later along the road, if Chaudhry has not already caused a fatal rupture in the set up, they could go their own separate ways, return to the type of party they were in 2006. And all the fun of having each race pitting itself against the other would start all over again.
- To ask what sorts of parties are needed to represent their needs and hopes.
- What sort of Opposition they need in Parliament.
- What assurances they need to give to iTaukei so they will know their interests will be honoured.
- What new checks and balances they need to protect minorities, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, the poor and others who are socially or economically vulnerable.
- What measures they need to prevent politics being used again as a plaything by a defeated government, and so forestall future coups.
- What structures they can help put in place, when the Constitution Assembly meets next year, to ensure that all politicians, public servants, the judiciary, the military and those in the different branches of iTaukei administration honour their oaths to uphold the new constitution.