The interim Attorney-General, at the opening of the Legal Aid office in Ba (FT 18/10), said: “Democracy is not only achieved through elections, although it is an important facet of it. Democracy is achieved through proper representation and empowerment of all citizens in our country.”
Had these words been spoken by the A-G of a democratically-elected government it would not have sounded so bad. Coming from an unelected person, such sentiments do appear to be self serving.
Author Eric Hoffer once said: For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future; but an excuse can last for life.”
One may ask this asinine interim minister a simple question and that is: how is proper representation and empowerment achieved without a democratic/parliamentary process? Isn’t Parliament the heart of democracy? Shouldn’t the interim Attorney-General be advocating a quick return to parliamentary democracy?
FijiTimes Letters to Editor Column 27Oct08