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Hi Solivakasama, could you please publish this letter which the editor of the F/T is having difficulty publishing.
The intended purchase of land in India using taxpayer’s money is symptomatic of the interim government’s dismissive attitude towards the concerns of the citizens of Fiji since 2006. This type of abuse brings to mind the campaign by the early American fathers against the British who controlled the taxes gleaned from the colonists.
The phrase “No Taxation Without Representation!” was coined by Reverend Jonathan Mayhew in a sermon in Boston in 1750 . The Reverend was echoing the concerns of all Americans who believed that they were being deprived of a historic Parliamentary right in deciding how fit to utilize their taxes.Like the Fiji Constitution, the then English Bill of Rights had forbidden the imposition of taxes without the consent of Parliament.
What can be said about this unrepresented Interim’s government’s behaviour in excluding the taxpayers of Fiji of their fundamental right to decide how and where best to use their taxes?
Bainimarama should be reminded of the consequences surrounding the abuse of taxpayers money. The American Revolution was born out of the issue of “Tax without representation when they rejected the Stamp Act 1765 (which was repealed), and in 1773 violently rejected the remaining tax on tea imports at the Boston Tea Party. Boston politician James Otis famously stated that, “taxation without representation is tyranny.”
Qarase’s prophetic words that the Bainimarama coup will be a circus, is turning out to be true. The public has always known this coup to be illegal and now the highest court in the land has confirmed it to be true.
The biggest impact will be on those who have in some capacity supported the regime since 2006 with the realization that what they have done was illegal all along.
Rt Iloilo should understand that the court cases of 2000 have set a precedence for anyone wanting to illegally abrogate the Constitution without the consent of the people. He should also be warned that Naboro waits because the will of the people will never submit to the will of tyrants.
On a final note, could the Fiji Times advise the public if and when they cannot publish our opinions due to the interference of the junta so that we do not waste our time sending letters to the editor.