I’ll tell you something you don’t know about Fiji

Whenever my kids tell me something that I already know my sarcastic response is always ” tell me something I don’t know.”  Recently the pair of them started responding to  my sarcasm with a fun fact that I didn’t know.  It has now become a family joke and a challenge for the kids to come up with interesting facts that I have never heard of before.

The first ever  fun fact that my daughter told me was that female kangaroos have  three vaginas.

Since this is a political blog  my fun fact for today  is political.  On the weekend we were having a political discussion at the dinner table about Fiji and Cameron explained to us the difference between a coup and a revolution. To be honest I had never really thought about the difference before and I was fascinated by the distinction. I will give the answer over the break but first, let’s see  if this is something you don’t know.

What do you think is the difference between a coup and a revolution?

a) Size: A coup is smaller than a revolution

b) Political affiliation: A coup is usually associated with right wing politics and a revolution is usually associated with left wing politics

c) Violence: A coup is more often non- violent hence the saying a ” bloodless coup ” and a revolution is more often extremely violent ie The French Revolution where Aristocrats were guillotined.

d) None of the above

The correct choice  was d) none of the above.  The difference between the two is related to the Constitution of the country.

When power is seized from the government,  if the Constitution is left in place  then what has occurred is a coup.

When power is seized from the government and the Constitution is abrogated and a new Constitution introduced then what has occurred is a revolution.

This is a political distinction that the mainstream media fail to make when talking about Fiji. Fiji now has a new constitution under democratically elected Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. Fiji has a history of coups but what has occurred is actually a revolution. The old racist constitution  has been thrown out and replaced with  one that  recognises all ethnicities in Fiji as Fijians.



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