Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Winston Defames Fiji?

You'd think so, judging by this headline, because Fiji 'committed' to elections long ago.

Winston Peters. Photo / Paul Estcourt

The Herald needs to put a boot up the arse of it's headline writer because nowhere, in a well written and balanced article, did Winston Peters say any such thing. Indeed, in the second paragraph he reviewed the commitment made by Commodore Frank to the last Pacific Forum meeting; the good progress already made; and the prospects for the March 2009 date being met.

What Winston seems unable to get his head around is the fact that Fiji is not 'just like New Zealand' when he comments disparagingly about The Commodore's 'People's Charter' which in itself is the key to positive political change in Fiji.

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"At times Commodore Bainimarama appears to be saying that elections will only take place if those who stand as candidates accept the results of his "People's Charter" initiative, which seeks radically to re-shape Fiji's political, economic and social structures.

Foreign governments invited to support this process, including ours, have declined, citing legal, constitutional and practical reservations.
There are very real questions about the level of public support for this initiative, which is closely controlled by the regime and not inclusive. Even well-designed and well-intentioned policies will not survive if citizens do not feel they own them.

The Commodore has also suggested that the army will intervene again if a future government does not adhere to the "People's Charter" outcomes.
That raises doubts about his commitment to foster an environment which respects and upholds open political dialogue and freedom of expression.
Without these, the international community would find it difficult to assess an election to be free and fair."


It is more than likely the only people who oppose the charter are Qarase, Balu Khan and all their venal mates whose snouts have been in the trough for decades while the poor people of all races languished in poverty.

2 comments:

Keep The Faith said...

Actually not quite...there are many, many people of Fiji who oppose the Charter.

Mainly because this interim administration are unelected and taking the country to an economic abyss!

We actually welcome the likes of Oz & NZ's constant pressure on this wanna-be govt.

Check the various blogs and letters to editors in Fiji to get a feel for the "temperature" in Fiji.

Anonymous said...


Mainly because this interim administration are unelected and taking the country to an economic abyss!


Oh no -- sounds just like New Zealand!

Check the various blogs and letters to editors in Fiji to get a feel for the "temperature" in Fiji.

Just the same as NZ: the majority of the blogs agree Labour stole the last election; as did the electoral commissioner at the time. The country wants a change of government now and the current government thrown in jail, and the Labour party and their union "comrades" banned for politics for life --- oh, and racism removed for ever from NZ's constitution.

just like... Fiji.