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The Week That Was: to September 26

ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WILL NOW BE DELETED. It's the easiest thing to use your real name or a pseudonym, and it greatly assists communication. 

This is a long posting but so much can happen in some weeks. You may prefer to read it in more than one sitting.  

Don't forget to read, read the comments, and comment (using your real name or a pseudonym) and on the earlier postings numbered 1-5. 

International reactions Internationally, congratulations to the new government flooded in, New Zealand improved on its previous unwarranted travel advisory,  Fiji is giving consideration to its re-admittance  as a full member to the Commonwealth,  it attended a Pacer Plus meeting on its own terms, and the EU looks likely to resume its aid to the country. 

The PM is in New York where he will speak at the United Nations on Monday.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon congratulated the PM on the conduct of the elections and its result; he  hoped Fiji would continue to play a leadership role in regional dev…

5. New Role for this Blog and its Comments

With the elections behind us, the purpose of this blog changes. 

It will still publish important news items, comments and articles on single topics but ledss frequently than in the past. The main focus will be on obtaining readers' opinions on the identification of issues —confronting Government, the Opposition,  civil society and business — and their resolution.  

Exactly how this will work out, I do not know. We will play it by ear but something of what is intended can be seen in the four most recently published postings. 

Your ideas on issues that need airing are most welcome, as indeed are all your ideas on how the blog can be more useful in this new political environment.  

I shall probably summarise the comments and make them available to the relevant authorities and the public, and invite their repsonses.  It may also be useful to publish opinion polls from time to time to encourage quick responses from readers.

Readers will note that the purpose of comments has also changed. Pr…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Wananavu and Some Points for the  Opposition

Before I start I wish to thank the Fiji First Party and the supporters. Wananavu.

Here are a few points for the Opposition.

1. Go in with an open mind.

2. I know that some questionable things that happened in the recent past,  but don't take things personally in Parliament.

3. Be positive and a good opposition.

4. Talk about issues and not people.

5. You will have some items on your manifesto that mirrors the Fiji First's manifesto, check them out and work with them to see they get delivered.

6. I had mentioned that some "white goods" (which were considered luxury goods and carry high duty rates) are no longer luxuries but necessities, try and work with the FF party and bring down the duty.

7. Please remember your manifesto, so please try and deliver that to the people you promised.

8. Try to refuse flashy dark tinted expensive government vehicles. If you have your own, drive it to work and don't claim for fuel or mileage.

9. Whe…

1. What is the New Role for FijiFirst in Government?

A democratic government requires very different skills from a military-backed government. Bainimarama's remark today about working with "some of the liars I met on the campaign trail" was an unfortunate lapse into his old style. This statement and the extract from his address at the Stadium are more encouraging.

This is first of four postings on new roles. Your comments are most welcome.
What do you think Government's priorities should be? How can they best meet the Opposition's concerns and include them in decision-making?  Use the  words "PRIORITIES" and "OPPOSITION"  and list your opinions.Please ensure you use your real name or a pseudonym in commenting.

Part of the PM's address at the Westpac Stadium

While I’m sure that the supporters of other political parties are disappointed, I want to say to them that this is how parliamentary democracy works. I also want to say to them that I intend to govern for all Fijians. I will be your Prime …

2. What is the New Role for the Oppositon: SODELPA

In an earlier article I wrote of the need for a Fiji Opposition that suited Fiji's needs, one that kept Government on its toes while supporting but supports it on some issues, and trying hard not to be unnecessarily divisive. This comment from Ro Teimumu suggests much division.

What should be SODELPA's priorities in Parliament and how might they achieve them? How might they best assist government in nation-building? Think of what they should do and not do, and use the words "DO" and "NOT DO" to list your opinions. Please use your real name or a pseudonym in writing your comment.

3. What is the New Role for the Opposition: NFP

The NFP seems to have adopted a position where it will work with SODELPA and with Government. 

See their press release posted earlier and this interview with Dr Biman Prasad.

What should be the NFP's priorities in Parliament and how might they best achieve them? How might they best assist government in nation-building? Think of what they should do and not do, and use the words "DO" and "NOT DO" to list your opinions. Please use your real name or a pseudonym in writing your comment.

4. What Role Now for the NGOs?

Some would see it as keeping the Bainimarama regime honest; others as negative obstructionism, but the truth, as it so often is, was somewhere in between.  Now, with the elections over and a new parliament ready to sit, NGOs should be encouraged to re-examine their respective roles in making Fiji a better place in which to live.

I thought Shamima Ali and the NGO Coalition for Human Rights got off to a good start in this statement; the Rev. Akuila Yabaki and the Citizens Constitutional Forum also made a brief but promising statement; and long-time regime opponent Virisila Baudromo welcomed the increased representation of women.  

The only negative came from the Methodist Church just  before the election. Their leaders really do have to re-examine where they now stand. It would seem that about 45% of Taukei did not take their advice in how to vote,

With these examples in mind, but not restricted by them, readers are invited to comment on the question: What Role Now for the NGOs?  Please do…

NFP Will Be an Effective Opposition

September 22, 2014
After almost 8 years of military rule, democracy has returned to Fiji.
The people of Fiji have spoken through the ballot box, not withstanding irregularities in polling that we as a party have complained about via our letter of last Friday, providing evidence to this effect, which is just a small sample of irregularities, reports of which will be compiled and sent to the Electoral Commission seeking clarification.
Nevertheless, people of Fiji have elected a government for the next four years. We respect the verdict of the people and wish Mr Voreqe Bainimarama and his government well for the next four years. We expect nothing short of a transparent and accountable government and we will hold the new government to this principle.
We also wish SODELPA and its leader Marama Bale Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa well in parliament for the next 4 years.
As a party the NFP fought the general elections on issues. Team NFP ha…

Coalition on Human Rights Congratulates all Parliamentarians

It is pleasing to see long-standing opponents of the Bainimarama Government accepting the election result and adopting the only position that will take Fiji forward: to be watchdogs and helpers. -- Croz

Two reminders: 

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“It is time for civil society to play our part by not only acting as watchdogs and holding the government accountable for their actions but by also providing them with whatever help and support they need to ensure that at the end of the day, it’s the people of this country who benefit.” ________________________________________________________________________
“The fact that almost 84% of registered voters cast a vote shows that the people of Fiji were eager to exercise their right to choose their representatives, and to participat…

And Now It's Over, Some Housekeeping

So now, after months of anticipation, the waiting is over. We no longer have to rely on blogs, polls and angry voices to guess at what the people of Fiji think.  They have told us, in no uncertain terms, that they want a Bainimarama government to lead the way for the next four years.  Three out of five voters voted FijiFirst, 60% of the vote, much more than SDL's 44% in 2006 or New Zealand's National Party's 48% on Saturday. A decisive victory with 32 of the 50 seats in Parliament, and the Speaker to be appointed, in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

Setting the tone
But this leaves two out of five voters who did not vote for FijiFirst which resulted in SODELPA winning 15 and the NFP 3 seats.   How all the leaders of these parties act over the next few days  and coming weeks will set the tone for the rest of the country, and those in Fiji and overseas who have, over the Internet, been vocal on the Fiji political situation.

The country needs to heal the wounds…