Differing Reasonably and Politely
|Biman and Aiyaz|
Most people said she put forward her own opinions, was biased against Biman, curried favour with Aiyaz, and should not have moderated the debate knowing that she would soon become a FijiFirst candidate.
I argued that her impeding candidature was irrelevant and that everyone has biases.The only thing that mattered in this case was whether she was fair and professional. I thought she was. She certainly interrupted Biman when he spoke too lengthily but no more than a good chairperson would. Click on this link to the programme to make your own judgment.
What impressed me most about the debate was not so much the different views on the issues raised, but the tolerance, respect and good humour shown by both participants, which I thought were assisted by Veena's good chairmanship. There was none of the vicious sniping and personal attacks seen when some other aspiring politicians —and too many bloggers—argue their differences.
But this is what I would expect from two people I know a little —and respect a lot. -- Croz