Karl du Fresne normally writes sensible stuff…but today he is off on a wonky jihad against Fiji.
It is so dreadfully wrong in so many respects one must wonder if he has even been to Fiji recently at all, or even bothered to talk to some local people about what is really going on in Fiji. Perhaps the only person he is speaking to is the equally ill-informed Michael Field.
One thing is for sure though, after this article I doubt Karl du Fresne will be enjoying any holidays in Fiji anytime soon.
We don’t seem to hear a lot about Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama these days. Perhaps that’s because we prefer not to think about him.
Our near neighbour â€“ the Pacific’s only military dictator â€“ presents a big problem. What he’s doing in Fiji, namely suppressing democracy and silencing opponents, is repugnant. We don’t approve.
Suppressing democracy? Does Karl know that Fiji is having an election this year, probably in September? One where one vote is as equal as the next rather than the corrupt system that existed before.
But what are we to do? Economic sanctions would inevitably punish innocent, ordinary Fijians. Besides, many New Zealanders like their cheap Fijian holidays and wouldn’t take kindly to being told they can no longer fly there.
The net result is that we find it easier to look the other way. Commodore Bainimarama is just too difficult.
Really? I’ve found you can just ring him up, or anyone else for that in the Fiji government. They are pretty accessible. As for sanctions…yeah how’d that work out for us in forcing change? All sanctions did was force Fiji to look northwards, and grow as a nation themselves, ironically one that is more independent as a result. New Zealand and Australia’s influence over Fiji is negligible now, China and India replacing them.Â Read more »