Adolf and The Cook returned a week or so ago from their annual winter sojourn in Fiji.
Some impressions of the countryside and people of Nadi and its surrounds.
- Ordinary people are very happy with the administration of the military regime. For them, democracy equates with Qarase, corruption and bad roads.
- The roads are vastly improved compared with just a year ago.
- Saw a mechanical cane harvester at work which I have not seen in previous years.
- Denarau golf course was almost deserted. (Adolf played above himself!)
- Plantation Resort and Musket Cove were near full capacity - outside school holidays
- The big flash joints at Denarau appeared to be struggling.
- Out walking early I met school kids in uniform off to their School Cadets day. In Fiji people respect the military while in NZ we are taught by our masters to denigrate the military.
- The only people unhappy about the 'lack of democracy' in Fiji are a few beltway boofheads and journos in Wellington and Canberra. The rest of the world has passed them by.
Fiji will have an election one day. When Fiji is ready and not before. It's called Fiji Time which is something Wellington simply doesn't understand.
New Zealand's handling of Fiji by both Labour and National ranks as one of our most spectacular foreign policy failures ever. We failed to make any difference to the end result and in the process of failure, suffered a massive reversal of influence and goodwill in our own back yard.