You know what I want to see in politicians vying for the next general elections - politicians who come in and tell the people what they will do for Fiji.
Not politicians who first of all run other politicians down by dwelling on their weakness or what they didn't do or did wrong.
Are there any vying politicians with the calibre I'm talking about? Or will we keep on seeing politicians who talk more about others' issues than what they have to offer.
... and Corruption
Some time ago we we told that corruption was rife in Fiji.
Let me just say that at that time it was 100%. This is speaking hypothetically. It is now a few years down the line, if a curious person like me wanted to know what percent is it at now, is there anyone out there who can tell me?
One way to probably quantify this is the service we get from government departments. Has it improved? What about applications for land, housing, surveying, VAT returns and issues sent in to departments for vetting, scrutiny and approval, are they approved on time or does it take forever?
One well educated landowner said, "Allen, sometimes people have to "grease" the application for it to get approved quickly.
So it seems we still have some way to go yet.
Will Services Be Affected?
Telecom Fiji's staff has been greatly reduced. This began soon after the mobile companies came in. Questions are being asked. Why so many redundancies? Was competition too tough? Or did investments go wrong? Or what?
If experienced staff leave, will TFL still manage to stay afloat?
Just curious, because a technician who resigned and is happily working overseas mentioned a few interesting things.
Good to be curious, eh!
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.