Monday, July 31, 2017

On The Virtues of Mauritius

A few years ago, Adolf and The Cook were fortunate to spend a week in the island nation of Mauritius.

Imagine, if you will, a bigger, more modern, less violent version of Fiji and you have Mauritius, not far off the east coast of Madagascar.

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The country's economy is based on fishing, tourism and sugar but that's where the similarity ends.

For me, the most fascinating aspect of this little chunk of paradise is its electoral system.  You see, the population consists of a Hindu majority, followed by a large contingent of Christians and a small percentage who are Muslim.  They have a huge advantage over most other countries of their size.

No pesky, uppity, indolent indigenes, perpetually whining about Post Colonial Trauma Stress or whatever.

The constitution specifies that no matter what any election result may be, all three religious groupings must be represented in parliament.  There is a special commission which rules on this issue after each election and it is this measure which in no small part has contributed to the remarkable harmony which has prevailed for many decades.  They call it 'the best loser system.'

I laughed when I saw that recently Helen Clark's UNHCR has criticized this splendidly successful political system, after receiving a complaint from a trade union organisation.

Says it all really.

It's a little out of the way but I commend readers to go and visit for a week or so.


Johno said...

Looks fantastic, but the flights look appallingly long and expensive? For the money could go stay at Vomo...

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Of course you're right. We flew Auckland/Singapore and then Singa/Mauritius the next day, over ten years ago.

However if you are on the way home from Europe, Mauritius might make a pretty good six or seven day break.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

The local rum is memorable, to say the least.

Johno said...

Bugger, thought you were going to give me the secret to a great deal to get there!