Your humble correspondent had to see his optometrist again last week. Sadly, with age, something seems to happen to the eyes. My optometrist explained that as I age the focal length of my eyes changes. I can no longer see anything close to me. The distance is still fine but every year the closest distance at which I can focus gets a little further away.It struck me that this was precisely the opposite of what has happened to Frank and his cronies. To start with they had a vision of Fiji that stared way off into the distance, seeing things that were not visible to mortals like you and me.
Elections would not be ready until Fiji was ready for them. The economy required major surgery under the skilled hands of that renowned Economic Surgeon, Dr Mahendra Chaudhry, which would have some serious short term side-effects, but the Coupsters cared only for the long term.
The vision splendid started to suffer a severe shortening of focal length when Frank dropped the ball in Tonga by making a bald promise that elections would be held by March 2009. Attempts to back away as soon as he had left the company of Forum members were ignored. The damage had been done.
The next problem was when the patient, our poor old economy, started to wake up on the operating table and notice that several vital organs seemed to have been removed. Dr Chaudhry remained unconcerned, assuring everyone that he had saved the patient’s life.
Then before the surgery was finished, a bearded snake oil salesman turned up with patent remedy which he assured us is used by the best economic doctors in the ADB economic hospital where he formerly worked. Frank, the self-appointed holder of power of attorney for the unfortunate patient, naturally jumped at the opportunity and ordered the application of liberal doses of the snake oil at both ends of the patient.
Then Frank’s close advisers started to think that something might be wrong. Is it possible that the renowned surgeon who claimed that the patient would soon be rapidly ambulating forward had made a mistake ?
Frank’s adviser’s drew his attention to a few problems: the patient’s feet appeared to be sewn on back to front, the new heart (sugar industry) that Dr Chaudhry promised he had ordered from India had not arrived and the comatose state of the patient was starting to resemble death more than anesthesia.
After an unholy squabble, the renowned Dr Chaudhry walked out saying he has saved the patient’s life but its time for him to go and get on with oth er things. Quite a few years ago Dr Ali Asgar told me that my eyes were in perfect shape, but he urged me to take care of them and have them chacked regularly. He said, of all the senses, sight is the one that humans can least afford to do without.
At this point, the vision of our coupsters’ has shortened to the point where they can’t see anything beyond the tips of their noses. The Forum and its efforts to fight global change climate change or buy our fuel in bulk to lower the cost are all irrelevant to these pigs who cant see further than the trough they’ve stuck their snouts in.
What we have in effect is the blind leading the blind.