FROM THE FAT GRUB GRAHAM DAVIS

Dealing with the dictator

Graham Davis | April 16, 2009

Article from:  The Australian

LIKE many military leaders before him, Frank Bainimarama can be autocratic, stubborn, wilful, obstinate and disdainful of the traditional nuances of civilian politics.

He may also be the best hope, albeit in five years’ time, of a democratic Fiji for all its citizens and not just the amply endowed indigenous majority.

If that seems a ludicrous proposition when constitutions are being abrogated and the media proscribed, it’s time to consider some basic truths that seem to have been overlooked in the “good guy, bad guy” narrative that invariably passes for analysis in much of the Australian media.

The bad guys, of course, are held to be Bainimarama and his patron, Fiji’s octogenarian President, Josefa Iloilo, who have defied the courts by ruling out any popular vote until they can change the electoral system.

The good guys are those calling for an immediate election: a coalition of lawyers, human-rights activists and elements of the local media, plus the man Bainimarama deposed at gunpoint in 2006, former prime minister Laisenia Qarase.

It’s time to dispense with this simplistic premise because a compelling argument can be made that, in fact, the reverse is true; that Bainimarama and Iloilo, for all their flaws, are embarked on the more worthy crusade. Or certainly more worthy than they’re being given credit for by their burgeoning number of foreign opponents.

The Fiji saga, by its very nature, defies simplicity, yet stripped to its bare essentials presents the international community with a stark choice between upholding the principle of democracy now and sacrificing racial equality in the process. Wait five years – maybe less if some international agreement could be brokered – and we might get both.

Bainimarama and Iloilo have decided that the brand of democracy Qarase champions makes second-class citizens of the 40 per cent of Fiji’s population who aren’t indigenous, and is not conducive to the development of a thriving, modern state. Qarase and his ilk, they’ve determined, can only be kept at bay if the electoral system is changed from one that favours indigenous Fijians to one that gives every vote equal weight.

So that is what they intend to do before the country goes to the polls again in 2014, and no amount of hectoring or sanctions is likely to deter them.

In the meantime, the regime needs to embark on that electoral reform, behave less erratically, cease harassing the media, expelling publishers, hounding its opponents and put its case far more cogently than it has.

Australia, in turn, needs to listen, assist in the electoral reform process and do all it can to prevent the collapse of the Fiji economy, which will hurt everyone but the elite and bolster our immigration queues when we can least afford it.

Why is Australia and the rest of the international community insisting on an immediate expression of the public will when Fiji’s electoral playing field is yet to be levelled? That’s the question that not only frustrates and angers Bainimarama, and fuels his increasing petulance, but perplexes many Fiji-born Australians such as myself.

For all the voluble calls by Kevin Rudd and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith for “a return to democracy in Fiji”, they seem oblivious to the fact that there’s never been real democracy in Fiji. That’s right, never.

Certainly not the brand of democracy taken for granted in Australia, New Zealand, the US and in the European Union, those now casting themselves as righteous crusaders against Bainimarama’s supposedly despotic rule.

There’s no one-man, one-vote in Fiji but a contorted, distorted electoral system along racial lines that was always designed, in practice, to ensure indigenous supremacy.

This was a parting gesture of the British at independence in 1970 to their loyal Fijian subjects, along with guaranteed indigenous ownership of more than 80 per cent of Fiji’s land area. It’s certainly in stark contrast with the colonial dispossession of the native populations of Australia and NZ, and may account for the fact that many homes in republican Fiji still sport photos of the Queen.

No non-indigenous Fiji citizen can become the country’s president, and just one,

Mahendra Chaudhry, made it to the prime minister’s office before he was removed at gunpoint in 2000.

Nor is the president elected. He is chosen by an unelected hereditary body called the Great Council of Chiefs, the apex of a social order that insists indigenous rights are paramount.

Fiji citizens of Indian, European, mixed race or other island heritage are disadvantaged comparatively in everything from land rights to “positive discrimination” programs in employment and education that solely benefit the indigenous majority. They even have to suffer the apartheid-style humiliation of listing their race on immigration arrival documents.

Would Australians and New Zealanders accept this? Not on your nelly.

So why the chorus of regional disapproval when an indigenous Fijian, Bainimarama, finally decides enough is enough?

Forty per cent of the population not only lives daily with this disparity of rights but, in the main, accepts it.

Why? Partly in the spirit of acknowledging the importance to indigenous Fijians of their vanua (land and traditional ties) but mainly as the price of ensuring racial harmony. It’s this largely unspoken consensus that’s underpinned whatever success Fiji has had as a functioning multiracial nation to date.

Yet it also depends on indigenous Fijians displaying their own generosity of spirit or, more pertinently, not being too greedy in sequestering all the spoils for themselves.

What Qarase, Bainimarama’s chief political opponent, did before he was overthrown in the 2006 coup was to cross an important line.

By insisting that indigenous Fijians gain coastal rights as well as land rights, and be paid cash by other citizens to swim in, fish in and even cross their seas, he demanded more from the other races than many regarded as equitable and fair.

By doing so, he recklessly jeopardised the delicate consensus on which Fiji’s future as a viable independent entity depends.

Just as bad, in Bainimarama’s eyes, Qarase’s coastal bill raised the spectre of envy and conflict between Fijians themselves, for those living in remote areas would never be able to glean the riches available, for instance, to those holding the tourist industry to ransom.

For all their comparative advantages, many ordinary indigenous Fijians still maintain a barely disguised sense of grievance against other races, perpetuating the myth of a threat to their way of life.

This was the big lie of Fiji’s first coup in 1987, the preposterous spectre of then military strongman Sitiveni Rabuka claiming indigenous interests were threatened because an indigenous Fijian, Timoci Bavadra, was surrounded by a brace of Indian cabinet members.

Ordinary Fijians should be asking their own leaders why they’re still disadvantaged, because if they are being fleeced, it must be by their own elite who have been in control since independence. The political instability of recent years is all part of a crude tug of war between competing Fijian chiefs, career politicians and (mostly) wannabe business types for the spoils that come with government: patronage, leverage, the dispensing of contracts and the accumulation of wealth.

The apotheosis of this was the 2000 coup led by the strutting George Speight, who was merely a puppet for a gaggle of opportunistic chiefs and commoners who used the Indians as scapegoats in a sordid lunge for power.

In an obscene echo of their atavistic past, the Speight clique trashed the supposed citadel of local democracy, the parliament, took hostage then prime minister Chaudhry, and proceeded to engage in an eight-week orgy of drunkenness and sex.

Enter the hero of that hour, but the man Rudd and much of the international community now casts as a villain nine years on.

Bainimarama, as military chief, tricked Speight into surrendering, and turned him over to the courts to be dealt with for treason. He also had to contend with a bloody mutiny in his own ranks in which he barely escaped with his life. Yet no one seems to ask a simple question. If he really wanted to be Fiji’s dictator, why didn’t Bainimarama impose his will then, when a grateful nation would have strewn garlands at his feet?

Instead, history tells us, he handed over power to Qarase, a one-time merchant banker whom he trusted to stabilise the country, lay to rest the racial bogey once and for all and return Fiji to a semblance of democracy.

What did Qarase do? Not just extend indigenous supremacy but bring some of the key players in the 2000 coup, who Bainimarama wanted punished, into the heart of government. Qarase got plenty of warnings to back off but didn’t. It was only a matter of time before Bainimarama’s fiery temper snapped.

Qarase never believed one of his own would oppose him, but it was a grave miscalculation based on his own ignorance of Bainimarama’s background and attitudes.

Most of the Fijian elite come from exclusively Fijian schools but Bainimarama grew up with other races at Suva’s Marist Brothers College, where the emphasis was on multiracial tolerance and nation building. His friends say the relationships he forged there are real and enduring.

He’s said to be gripped with a sense of destiny yet has some glaring blind spots, such as a tendency to shoot his mouth off when theoccasion calls for at least a modicum of diplo-speak.

More serious for even Bainimarama’s staunchest supporters are some appalling lapses of judgment, including the latest, muzzling the local media and expelling foreign journalists such as the ABC’s Sean Dorney.

The most glaring was when he reinstated his brother-in-law, Francis Kean, as head of the navy after Kean spent nearly two months in jail for killing an uncle of the groom at the wedding of Bainimarama’s daughter.

“What’s wrong with that?”, Bainimarama has testily asked interlocutors. Plenty.

Yet for many Fijian citizens, the military chief remains their best hope for a meaningful stake in the future, and if he can deliver on his promise of equal rights, all will be forgiven.

It’s certainly a striking paradox that having forged vibrant, multicultural nations from their own monocultural origins, Australia and NZ should be condemning Bainimarama for trying to do the same in Fiji.

Graham Davis is a Fiji-born journalist who reported successive coups for the Nine Network’s Sunday program and is now a principal of Grubstreet Media.

We do know where the fattest grub of all Graham Davis gets his information from, that serial womaniser Dilip Jamnadas.

Why Graham Davis is in denial is unbelievable especially as he was told by his father the most respected pastor Reverend Davis wben he  passed away about two years ago not to interfere with politics in Fiji because he is getting his information second or third hand by people who profit from the illegal regime.

Fatso grub Graham may have born in Fiji, it does not mean he is an expert or knows the first thing about politics here or how normal people feel and applauding the ole pig only encourages him to be more autocratic and to unleash more cruelty on the citizens of this Nation.

Our very own Imrana Jalal rallied back at the smug grub Graham Davis when he wrote a verbose article  riddled with inaccuracies supporting the ig in 2007.

Hey son of a preacher man, we know you’re an insignificant so called ‘journalist,’ if this is your way of gaining notoriety you’ve got it in spades. You have blood on your hands and we hope you’re proud of yourself for aiding and abetting the misery of the Fijian people.

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30 Responses to “FROM THE FAT GRUB GRAHAM DAVIS”

  1. fredrika Says:

    just got word that Peter Waqavonovono the president of the YPCN was taken to Suva Private Hospital. I saw him there on Tuesday. he had a broken leg.

    and some bruises and a blood stained t-shirt. he was brought in by 3 soldiers in a white pick up truck registered EF.2245 ….

    he was than taken away again after been seen and dressed by doctors there. Where is he?

    Can someone find out?

  2. Tuma Says:

    Then why on earth do you want to post his articles…….

  3. Tuma Says:

    This is from VB’s speech to his Military yesterday “He also warned soldiers to stop any unnecessary spending from the military forces budget and if orders are to be made from private companies it has to be done because the military needs it and not because the company needs the orders.” so there were some unnecessary spending and some orders taken before because some company’s needed it, by the Military. For all its worth the guy just admitted his Military is corrupt.

  4. soro Says:

    Davis’s argues from a false base of assumptions and presumptions. End of story.

    His father, Peter Davis the good man that he was would have a fit if he read what I just read.

    Davis just get off the grass man, and get yr perspectives right b4 writing yr crap!

  5. Budhau Says:

    That “fattest grub of all’ why the name calling. There is some called rebuttable presumptions – so lets have it.

    Hey that Jamnadass comment – hey lady, you didn’t work for this guy did you, how is the weather up there in Marin County.

    The guy makes sense. This is not about democracy – I am sure those Catholic Church dude, including Barr, they support democracy, and the FLP, they are no evil, they support democracy, and all those others, academics, businessmen, and regular folks who all hope to see something good coming out of this, they all support democracy.

    This is not about democracy versus dictatorship. This is a what we had for the last 20 years as opposed to getting to genuine democracy.

  6. Nostradamus Says:

    Can someone please translate this or post it separately, I is from RFN but they do not have comments. I want to hear what People think:

    April 16, 2009
    By SA YALA EKE.
    Eda vakanadakuya oqo e dua na Siga Ni Mate e rarawataki ka butobuto taudua ena keda I vola tukutuku na lewe I Viti, vakabibi o keda na Kawa I Taukei.
    Oqo ena nona sa mai basuraka ko Joseva Iloilovatu na yavudei ni vakavulewa (1997 Constitution) ka yavutu ni noda bula na lewe I Viti, vakabibi na veika e taqomaka kivei keda na Kawa I Taukei. E sega ni tiko ena vosa vakaviti na vosa me ganiti Iloilovatu, ia eda masuti ira ga na vanua o Vuda mera la’ki kauti koya lesu ki delaniyavu. E tiko mai dakuna ko Bainimarama, tamata vuli vakavo, dau caca veiwekani, ka dau buturaki keda sobu tiko na Kawa I Taukei. E vica tiko na Turaga ni Valu lecaika era tovaki Bainimarama tiko, e rau wili talega kina ko Ganilau kei Nailatikau.
    Ko Iloilovatu, ena vakarusai Viti. Era na bula gogo na bisinisi, sega na cakacaka, malumalumu na I lavo, sega na kakana, kasura na veiqaravi vakamatanitu, ka na takali yani na vei wekani.
    Ia, ena vakatau kivei keda kece sara, meda solia na noda I gu, ka vorata na matanitu nei Iloilovatu.
    Me da yalovata ka kaya vata kece oqo:
    1. SA YALA EKE na neimami vei vosoti voli mai; sa oti na vei talanoa kei Bainimarama, se na vakarogoca na ka e kaya. Keimami na kovea lesu na vei liutaki ena gaunisala cava ga e votu mai kivei keimami. Keimami na masu vua na neimami Kalou, ka ia na yavavala, ena vala vata kei kemami ko Koya.
    2. SA YALA EKE na vei waraki, keimami na sega ni waraka e dua tale me mai valataka na neimami dodonu; keimami na tekivutaka sara ga na Kawa I Taukei. Kevaka era veivuke mai na duikaikai se na vei matanitu tani, keimami na ciqomi ira, ke sega, keimami na ia ga vakataki keimami na Kawa I Taukei.
    3. SA YALA EKE na neimami namaki ira na vei liutaki mera mai liutaki keimami ena yavala oqo, sa I keimami sara ga vakayadudua keimami bole ka duavata ena veika kece e dodonu me vakayacori. Ena tekivu yani e Suva , lakovata kei na tayabe ni kudru kei na sogo gaunisala ena veikoro, sogo rara ni waqavuka, sogo wavu ni kelekele ni waqa e Viti raraba. Ena paralase ko Viti me yacova ni keimami sa rawata na neimami I naki, oya me vakatikori tale na 1997 CONSTITUTION. Ni sa yaco na neimami I naki, ena kauta mai na vei lomani, tadola tale na veiwekani kei ira na vei matanitu e vuravura, ka totolo sara na veisau me sautu na neimami vanua.
    4. SA YALA EKE na rere; keimami kawa ni tamata yalo qaqa, keimami sega ni rerevaka na vale ni vei vesu, na mavoa, se na mate. Ko ira na sotia kei ira na ovisa era neimami gone ka keimami kila nira sega ni vinakata mera vakamavoataka e dua na wekadra. Ia, ke sa mani yaco na mavoa, keimami na sega ga ni soro. Keimami kaya kivei ira na neimami kawa: ‘For your tomorrow we gave our today.’
    5. SA YALA EKE na beci keimami vakataki keimami, ka sa kena gauna oqo me keimami vakayagataka kina na kaukauwa levu e tiko kivei keimami yadudua. E vica na vei wekani era na keimami meca, ia, ena qai vakamaduataki ira ga na kedra I tukutuku rogorogo ca ena bula tu ena vei taba gauna kece sara mai muri, me vakataki Jutasa Isikarioti.

    Na neimami I bole oqo, ‘SA YALA EKE.’

  7. senijiale Says:

    That skinny lawyer with trophy wife? Uh oh quick everyone, let’s boycott Jade’s Spa!

  8. tosotiko Says:

    I support Democracy!! But Graham Davis is that misguided kaivalagi who thought Fijians should be perpetually subservient to every other race in Fiji. Yeah, why worry about the land and the qoliqoli. Do you demand the same from the Duke of Wellington when you go to London?

    But they think they have to demand the same from Fijians when they come to Fiji. What Fijian elite? There is no Fijian swimming in cash as the poorest non-Fijian Businessman in Fiji. Then why are you envious of anything that we might own?

    What is equitable and fair of arbitarily removing hardworking and capable Fijans from their posts?

    What is so all embracing about Catholic schools in Fiji that is different from Methodist or govt schools. Then why do predominantly Catholic South American countries and Phillipines have such high levels of poverty? What was so wrong about the goodwill of Fijians to other races that have enabled us to live together in harmony and reasonable standard of living since the Cession.

  9. Lazarus Says:

    Davis hit the nail right in the coffin about the historical situation in Fiji. Qarase is an idiotic old fool, self-righteous and politically insecure. Qarase bought this to himself, all this stupid lawsuit now has all come to nought. Does he seriouslly think that Bainimarama will graciouslly step down and let him back to power, come on people, common sense will think otherwise. Trying to preserve his political dignity at what cost? Right, your guess is good as mine, I REST MY CASE.

  10. Corruption Fighter Says:

    We all know the hijacking of our country is going to hit the poor through food price rises but that’s not the end of it.

    In September 2006 the legal government of Fiji raised US$150 million in an international bond float. (The illegal government couldn’t raise $1.50 on the international bond market.)

    Check it out on

    http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=26805

    If the debt from that float equaled about FJ$300 million on Tuesday, today it’s $360 million. That’s $60 million right of the pockets of Fiji taxpayer.

    That’s $60 million that cannot go people in need, cannot pay for basic medical treatment, schools repairs, roads, water supplies etc etc, all the things we know have gone

  11. Corruption Fighter Says:

    With the 20 percent depreciation what happens to the loan taken out by the crooks at the helm of Fijian Holdings Limited? Maybe they don’t know yet, because they’re all economic illiterates, but it doesn’t look good. Maybe they have a loan that allows the Fiji currency to depreciate at will, with a slightly higher interest rate to reflect the guarantee (try a million percent).

    To anyone that understands the realities of commerce (you can leave the room Budhau) the devaluation must be a disaster for the purchase of BP, if in fact it’s actually nailed down.

    Mind you, BP lawyers will now be looking at the question of whether they have a contract of sale or not. The government that appointed the directors who approved the sale with them has been rule illegal, so what does this mean for the sale?

    Just a small glimpse into the future chaos that the illegal and incompetent bunch of crooks have brought upon us.

  12. Budhau Says:

    CF – so now you our local economic expert, while Jane is away.
    Why don’t you guys try and give the complete picture.
    First there are economist on both sides of the issue.
    Then there are both up side and the down side to this also.
    So what you supposed to do is look at the cumulative effect of any such action – and under the circumstances, most folks agree that this was a the right move. Dont just take the $300m and add 20% on that, some of that will be offset by other benefits.

    Your favourate person, the former Interim minister of Finance said, “devaluation would substantially increase Fiji’s debt-service charges because more Fiji dollars would be required to repay loans denominated in foreign currency.” He seems to agree with you.

    BTW, just to rub it in – my sugarcane payments – just went up 20%, now you go figure that out. Sure, the energy prices will also go up, but relatively speaking, I am still doing better.

    And than there was this beach front property I was looking at for a while, paying that in Australian dollars, I just got a 20% break in price.

    ..and don’t forget that Fiji dollar was devalued in 1998 by 12.5% by Jim Ah Koy. It was also devalued twice after coups in 1987 by 33.25%.

    So you see CF – gotta look at the bigger picture.

    Sorry guy if I had known any more economics I would have really destroyed your argument.

  13. Relax Man Says:

    Well people that’s the view of a kai valagai who lived part of his life in this country. It sad that he understands more of our problem than some of you loser’s on this site. It’s a real shame that after all the money spent sending you lot to top class university’s you cant evn think the underlaying fact of whats happening in our country. It’s a revolution by the commoners led by VB against the elite!!! lawyers, politicians and high class who have gained your wealth through misinterpretation of the law to suit your own needs. We believe in VB bringing equality in wealth and race in our beloved country. Remember that what we have seen and heard in the past three years is far better than the false promises and hatered broubht by the last SDL Govt. No one will rise up and fight VB because we are with him, the MAJORITY KAI VITI!!!!

  14. Navosavakadua Says:

    @CF
    If as you say the $150 m loan was approved under the Qarase government, when was the drawdown on the loan? I assume it took place under the Illegal Regime. That means it went into the hands of none other than Chodopu$$, the
    villain who is still lurking in the background of this unfolding tragedy.

    Do we have any explanation of what happened to the $150 million? It was probably this loan that allowed the regime to avoid devaluation up till now. Some of it may have made its way off-shore. Who knows?

  15. Relax Man Says:

    Since when did we give the title of Adi to Muslim woman????? Adi Imrana??? must be a chiefly title from the Roko Tui Dreketi!!!

  16. Nostradamus Says:

    Bud,

    Which is why land rentals should also be denominated in terms of share of revenue as they are in the rest of the World. Imagine if Fijian landowner were entitled to a normal 25-35% of all revenue earned off the land, then devaluation would help them too, and the benefits of economic policy would be shared by all stakeholders.
    Fiji needs economic policies that are fair to everyone, not just cane farmers who have been receiving the bulk of handouts from the EU for the past 40 years.

    What about Adi Shameem, Adi Gaytes, or Adi Aiyarse? Perhaps this is a different title like the late Adi Da of Naitauba notoriety.

  17. Kim Says:

    Davis overlooks a simple fact: There is a powerhungry crank with a personal agenda. He did that to avoid prosecution for murder and will hang on as long as he can to milk the system as Mugabe and Mobuto have done. The holiday payout was just the beginning. Now with no more media in Fiji the coffers have opened. Surely, the devaluation was done to give sugar farmers more Fiji Dollars or was it. It woulod be uinteresting to learn more about numerous currency transactions reported from the private banking sector just before the devaluation. Its quite easy: You move 100,000 $ out before devaluation and move it in the next day. Profit in local currency 20% in four working days. Not bad a return. Guess whio has done exactly that?

  18. Tosotiko Says:

    Sorry, it should have been Duke of Westminister – the aristocrat who owns the exlusive parts of London. Not Duke of Wellington, the descendant of that great Waterloo hero.

    Actually the great number of Kai Viti do not support this regime and are really honestly at rest because the facade of two years has been peeled away to reveal true colours!!! And it was what we knew it to be all along

  19. Asgrocky Says:

    relax man since you want equality in race, wealth and what not…… if Imarana a muslim woman wants to be called Adi, hey she’s welcome to the title, what’s in the ADI anyway, doesn’t it represent a title in the elite you are so against? Adi Imrana doesn’t gel anyway. the adi spoils what is already a beautiful name. Imrana. If you can’t hack it for other races to lay claim to everything in the name of equality then shut your frigging lame trap. Question yourself how far you wanna go in your so called equality and what are yours that you are prepared to give up in that name.

  20. Budhau Says:

    NOstra – wrote, “Which is why land rentals should also be denominated in terms of share of revenue as they are in the rest of the World.”

    I have no problem with that – if the landowner want to take the risks for the down side, when we have a drought, flood or cyclone.

    I you somehow are planning to turn this into some sort of share-cropping, then I think those Indian farmers are not ready to sign another Girmit.

    How the income from sugar helps the landowers is that when the price is high, the land prices in general is high. The Native land values are assessed every 5 years, and a percentage of that value is paid as rent.

    The problem is that to assess the value native land, the comparable that are used are recently sold freehold property. Because of the shortage of available freehold land, its price is artificially inflated, and thus, and that reflects in the high value of native land.

    So you see how the landowner has always “shared in the economic benefits” from the sugar income.

    You mentioned the EU handouts only going to the farmers. I have just explained to you how the price of land is based on revenue. Secondly, how that price is artificially inflated. Thus the landowner has been receiving his share of the “EU handouts”. This is the crap that you, Professor Davies and the nationalist crowd have pushing to the the Fijians.

    Actually, now that the EU handout is gone, that should mean a substantial reduction in land rents, due to the lack of demand. But no, the freehold land would still be priced higher and thus the native land.

    You bugger have got this propaganda going for very long time.

    BTW – instead of giving these Adi title, I think the trend should be more towards getting rid of these titles.

  21. speculation Says:

    Graham Davis tells us in latest article that “the electoral system is … one that favours indigenous Fijians”. This is demonstrably false through the simplest mathematics. This point is key in building his case for our continued oppression, and since it just simply isn’t true I think we can send his entire argument to the landfill where it belongs.

  22. tosotiko Says:

    Correction. The aristocrat in my previous post in this thread is Duke of Westminister and not Duke of Wellington.

    All the premier sites in London belong to him and he collects a hefty sum.

  23. Corruption Fighter Says:

    @Budhau

    I certainly agree with Chaudhry about devaluation and not just because it will hit his stakeholder group with higher food prices. It also increases the size of foreign debt service, but then Fiji doesn’t have a lot of overseas debt. It has lot of local debt, which is what Chaudhry also criticized.

    But here again your lord and master is as hypocritical as ever. In his glorious 1999 election Chaudhry made a big issue of the pain inflicted on by the poor by Rabuka’s devaluation but he also knew the coup would inevitably lead to devaluation. One thing we agree on is that Chaudhry’s
    not stupid. The only difference is that you don’t share the view that he’s treacherous and hypocritical, not mention ruthless and devoid of anything resembling a conscience.

    And that beachfront property you’re looking for, it’s never going to get better Budhau. It’s not just the currency that will help you get that bargain you’re looking for. Don’t forget all the distressed vendors. Shake a few dollars in an account overseas and you’ll get a real bargain. Everybody wants out.

    @Navosavakadua

    You’re right to ask about what happened to the $150 million in loan money. Chaudhry knows the answer but he’s hardly going to say anything. He probably used it to disguise the impact of the coup on revenue.

    We’ll know one day, and may be then Budhau will understand what a sneaky piece of work he is.

  24. Dau Says:

    A rather thought provoking comment from Davis.I pray that one day us humanoids will better understand the deceptive intricacies of politics. We’re always taken for a ride by the glib tounged politicians and we’re put at loggerheads with each other. I guess thats one of the funny but sad realities of life. We are being led astray from our true destiny by the superficialities of materialistic values we cherish today. Maybe a little time spent on reading the Good Book would calm the Bosom of the Humanoids who are quickly evolving into Anaroids. Happy Blogging .

  25. Budhau Says:

    CF wrote about Chaudary, “The only difference is that you don’t share the view that he’s treacherous and hypocritical, not mention ruthless and devoid of anything resembling a conscience.”

    I think the underlying problem is that if Chaudary, like his wife and daughter-in-law, had accepted Jesus as his savior, this problem of being “devoid of anything resembling a conscience”, could have been resolved to a certain extent.

    Also it is very interesting that those people in Fiji who have been supporting Chaudary since the 80, those grassroots folks and other, that they have recognize these characteristics in Chaudary that you so clearly see. How can this guy fool all the people all the time – maybe this time they will see through this man and definitely vote him out, come next election.
    The problem I see is that if he does win, how can we have this person, who is “ruthless and devoid of anything resembling a conscience”, as our next Minister of Finance, and even worse, he might be the one who would decide who the next Prime Minister would depending on the kind of coalition he puts together.

    Well, in the case, we may not have much choice but do have another coup to remove him – don’t you think so. How could we have this man running the country for 5 years – he might sell Fiji to India.

    ..and then there are people like me who think Chaudary is God.

    Thanks for the advise on the property – I was looking at the Hugh Hefner property at the Cove in Denarau.

    You see, why everyone wants out is because they think that these crazy Fijians might start the violence – you know the white guys seeing that “the natives are restless”. You and I know better – nothing is going to change – this thing is cyclical.

  26. Budhau Says:

    Tosotiko – that correction of your – “Duke of Westminister and not Duke of Wellington”

    Did you mean “Duke of Westminster” – you see, I think its spelled “Westminster” not “Westminister”

    Any, here anything goes, I never bother to even spell check, never mind coming back to correct a mistake.

  27. Tui Says:

    Extremely well put… granted Bainimarama is certainly no Saint, but can we appeal to him to move us forward and give us Fiji Citizens equal laws, common to all from which privilege is not exempt, an independent judiciary to administer these laws and to be held accountable to their just administration and then once more consider the installation of a democracy who’s function is to support these common laws above all else.

    Fiji is currently full of misguided democratic absolutists, who view democracy as an end unto itself rather than a tool of society best used to safe guard our individual freedoms.

    The democratic absolutists, or extreme and uncritical rationalists, with whom Fiji is littered, believe essentially that because democracy is a ‘just’ process, all that emanates from it, is by extension necessarily just in the final analysis regardless of how arbitrary or despotic.

    The appeals court ruling appeared to me, to have effectively denied Fiji Citizens protection from the tyranny of the majority. By denying the President’s these assumed powers they effectively rendered the Fiji populace defenseless against unconstitutional, arbitrary legislating by an albeit democratically elected government.

    Who did the appeals court think was to be the guardian of last resort in the event that unconstitutional, arbitrary legislation, in contradiction to our common laws, is forced upon us by the incumbent, democratically elected government?

    How is it that so many have come to accept, that from the principle – that democracy is a just system- that any legislating through it, is by extension, also just and so is to be accepted as such, silently, by all that it affects?

    The Qarase government had already ignored a supreme court ruling on the multi party cabinet composition, Fiji’s citizens were placed under the constant threat of legislation clearly unconstitutional, discriminatory and inconsistent to the sprit of our common laws, a laundry list of irregular, unethical practices, the early release of ‘friends’ from prison and so on and so on, a legacy of despicable arbitrariness in the wielding of power.

    Did the absolutist truly believe that this arbitrary behavior from the Qarase government was just, in the final analysis, merely from the fact that they had been installed into power through popular mandate? This is a conversation not often enough held.

    In my view, the appeals court ruling placed our sovereignty firmly in parliament, in the hands of the elected majority, a frightening thought to those who value our individual freedoms and know from whence they are derived and how quickly power can move to deprive us of them.

    Needless to say, the appeals court did have the opportunity to place our sovereignty in the Law, common to all, and to acknowledge that the guardian of last resort rested at the feet of the President, powers derived from the shrouded wisdom of antiquity. They ruled otherwise, a grave injustice to us.

    We must now make appeal to those who control our future, that human experience has taught us, that we can best make our society on the back of consistent rules, to which all must submit and from where, we as individuals may be free to make our plans and go about our private business, the successes of which will invariably serve the common good, most often quite unintentionally, without fear of encroachment from the arbitrary wielding of coercive power.

    We must ask that the common man be freed from the bondage of his traditionally imposed feudal existence, that any duties to which he was therein bound become entirely voluntary and not coercively imposed, which of necessity would give their future observation of them in any degree, true efficacy.

    That their current masters be made clearly aware that they hold no bond over those traditionally bonded to them and that the only accepted coercive rules to which they are bound are the same rules to which they themselves and we all are bound and that they like all of us, be free to make their own individual plans and begin to do their own bidding while recognizing that this represents the best possible chance of unleashing the best of human qualities within all our citizens.

  28. Sam Nilken Says:

    FACT- Indigenous Fijians are one of the most RACIST people in this world. They have no tolerance of others. Unfortunately fate has pitted the Indo-fijians, who are relatively more cultured and benevolent, against them

  29. butadroka Says:

    sam.. go to india… whats stopping you tamana….no you wont go….cause you will end up on the streets again…… because that is where you came from……. do some homework before you open your big mouth……idiot ….. wake up….sorry mate…. the truth hurts…..

  30. Crystal Says:

    Sam Nilken – when you do realise that Indo-Fijians, not Indo Fijians but just Fiji Indians – that Fiji Indians are originally from No Man’s Island, they were forcefully floated into our country Fiji to be labourers, and other Fiji Indians as Sam who came in through the back door I suppose,
    have trampled on our land, raised voices on our land….. come on Sam it is our god given land, and we did not have room for floaters from No Man’s Land – Sam we are not Racist people, if we are why intrude man…

    Leave us to our land, you can make as much money as you like, when you talk Racist, please refer the word to Aiyas Sayed Khaiyum and to yourself. You find Fijians a Racist lot – please just leave our country.

    Don’t show your breed. and Butadroka is quite right idiot..

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