Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

              Going Up

Fuel prices go up and down, but mostly up. Food prices continue to rise. Rent continues to rise, electricity and water rates will rise. The value of assets will go up. The cost of bus and taxi fares will go up. The price of yaqona is going up, while the quality of some is going down.  School fees and charges are going up. Some senior civil servants' salaries are going up. The pile of rubbish in rivers, on roadsides and on beaches is going up. The number of people with NCDs is going up.

The cost of many things will go up.  Yet the low wage earners pay remains the same or going down. An organisation is trying to get low wage earners pay to go up. Yet the businessmen whose bank account went up wants the wage to stay down or go even less.  Home fires and bush fires are rising. The number of people writing to the Editor is rising. Ba rises with another win. Even the sea level is rising!

Our new banknotes have been recognised  as the best in the Asian Middle East and African region. (FT15/10), oh if only their buying power would go up!

We don't want a beautiful bank note, we want a bank note that has a powerful buying power, even if it looks ugly.

Oh, by the way, when I die, I want to go "up."

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.

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