Barry Soper is clearly manstruating. He has had a mad flick at Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in today’s NZ Herald, calling into question the PMs legitimacy and that of his government.
It is dripping with sarcasm and petulance.
If you got close enough to him you have seen the crocodile tears freely flowing, although if you are a member of the New Zealand media there was no fear of that.
Fiji’s former military dictator, and now elected Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama has left the country after a three day “official” visit which in reality was a well lubed trip here to watch the All Blacks thrash the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday night.
When we re-established links with Fiji at Prime Ministerial level last June, Bainimarama let rip saying there appeared to be a substantial body of opinion in New Zealand, led by our generally hostile media, that what was happening in Fiji somehow lacked legitimacy, that he lacked legitimacy and that his Government lacked legitimacy.
As the tears flowed, he continued, saying it wasn’t borne out by the facts. Fiji’s moved on, he declared, but it appears the New Zealand media has not.
It’s a great pity that the Fijian leader didn’t take the opportunity to better understand the media here. He had ample opportunities during his relatively light schedule which was distributed on the eve of his arrival. The itinerary’s most repeated phrase contained three words: No media opportunities.