Showing posts from May 27, 2012

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen 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.

                         Post Offices

The decline in mail through the Post Office (PO) was inevitable. With the internet and email, all "mail" now zooms to its destination in the blink of an eye and you can get a reply instantly.

What to Do About Poverty and Destitution in Fiji by Crosbie Walsh

In 2004 I gave a public lecture at USP that was so badly reported by the Fiji Times that I was attacked in Senate by the Rev. Tomasi Kanailagi for agreeing with Mick Beddoes that the churches should  pay more attention to the adverse effects of  church donations on the living standards of their poorer members. The Senator said we did not understand the relationship between the lotu, vanua and matanitu, implying, presumably, that the poor welcomed the opportuntity to give to the church whatever the effect on the welfare of their families. 

What We Need to Grow the Economy by Biman Prasad

This is the second half of Professor Biman Prasad's address to the Fiji Fuel Retailers Association Annual General Meeting on  May 23rd. After reviewing unsatisfactory levels of growth and shortcomings in the sugar industry, Professor Prasad continued:

We have to acknowledge that the Bainimarama government has delivered changes in some areas which have been useful for the economy. The deregulation of the telecommunication industry is a very good example. However,

On Leadership Qualities and Ratu Sukuna by Masi

At its small stall at the 2011 Suva Hibiscus Festival, the NGO Pacific Dialogue displayed a range of unlabelled leaders’ photographs. For a Lucky Dip prize, passers-by were invited to guess the names of the leaders, and to tell us why they were leaders ,what qualities had they, what had they done, and why did people follow them.

Another 'Democrat' Speaks Out

Enemy of the people has left a new comment on your post "News and Comments Friday June 1, 2014":

You are an enemy of the Fijian people. Come back to Fiji when it is free again and without your military thug protection and you will be dealt with accordingly. the treatment of gaddafi and his feral family was a wonderful example of how didctators and their families should be treated. Like gaddafi you only have a big mouth with guns behind you!

News and Comments Friday June 1, 2014

WEEKEND READING.  • Allen Lockington Column  • What to Do About Poverty and Destitution -Croz Walsh • What We Need to Grow the Economy - Biman Prasad • On Leadership Qualities and Ratu Sukuna - Masi
DISCREDIT THE MAN AND DISCREDIT THE PROCESS: ANOTHER COUP 4.5ATTEMPT. They always assume people whose opinions or actions with which they disagree are motivated by personal advancement or monetary gain, and never, of course, reflect on whether these could be their own motivations. 
Their latest victim is Professsor Yash Ghai, the chairman of the Constitution Commission.  A little while back they gave him the benefit of doubt but now, less sure of how he may act, they have started their usual character assassination, and it will not stop for while.   Who, they ask, is picking up his tab? "We can only surmise the Union (sic!)  Development Programme (UNDP) constitutional consultant hopes to obtain funding from his own international governance body."

Aussies and Kiwis 'Saving Face', Out of Kick with US

Graham Davis 29 May 2012

There’s something distinctly perverse about Australia and New Zealand maintaining their so-called smart sanctions against Fiji when their personnel are taking part in the registration of voters for the promised elections in 2014.  Two electoral experts – one from each country  – have joined the team that’s about to sweep through Fiji, updating the electoral roll by electronic means that are said to be tamper proof. This surely implies an acceptance in Canberra and Wellington  – however qualified – that the Fiji Government is proceeding with the elections. It also implies a belief – however qualified – that democracy in Fiji is in the process of being restored. Yet the official policy of both countries remains the diplomatic isolation of Fiji and travel bans on those associated with the regime to force it to an immediate poll. As the calendar rolls over, an election “now’ or one in 28 month’s time is fas…

Legality and Legitimacy Are Not Synonyms

By Na Lawedua
The whole issue of legality is an interesting one. The ceding of countries to England, France, Belgium and Holland in the view of many had no legal basis at all.

So, even if some 13 Fijian chiefs agreed to cession, one must ask whether those chiefs had legal sovereignty over all the people; whether Cakabau had  the authority to cede Fiji to Britain, and whether the guerrilla warfare practised by the hill tribes against the British was a rebellion, as the history books say, or simply an exercise in the lawful protection of their tribal sovereignty? 

If Cession had no legal basis, what then was the status of the 1970, the 1990 and the 1997 constituitions? All three were passed by undemocratic means, with the 1997 Constitution ratified by a Parliament which had been installed by the 1990 Constitution which had been ratified by Decree!

The issue of legality is one which historically leaves us in a position of not being able to move forward at all, unless we now,…

News and Comments Tuesday 29 May 2014

TUI NAMOSI SAYS SUPPORT GOVERNMENT.  Ratu Suliano Matanitobua is calling on everyone to support government as it prepares for the 2014 elections. Matanitobua says  the reforms implemented by the government will benefit all Fijians and it is time to set all differences aside and support them in their efforts. A former politician and member of parliament himself, Ratu Suliano is happy with the developments that have been taking place in rural areas with many now having access to electricity, tap water, basic health and education.

MEANWHILE IN BAU, the Vunivalu title, that requires a unanimous vote, is still undecided. One suspects the indecision is due to the contenders having different views on how much or how little the Kubuna confederacy should support the Bainimarama government's plans leading in to the 2014 election.

THE ECONOMY. Prof Biman Prasad and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Kaiyum exchange views in an intelligent and courteous way—which is as it should be. Biman also had …