Render unto Frank whatever he wants

September 2, 2014

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I am the state – render unto me whatever I command

Bainimarama’s arrogance reached new heights yesterday when he proclaimed that hi so-called secular state was the way of Christ.  Last month Wadan Narsey exposed this as a non-issue. SODELPA was simply responding to the persecution of the Methodist Church and did not want to change the long-standing religious freedom observed in Fiji before the so-called secular state was declared. If Bainimarama wants us to believe he’s sincere he has to answer two questions. Why was the Methodist Church the only religion subject to restrictions on its activities? And, secondly, why does the RFMF have a Christian chapel, and a Christian Chaplain with Christian church services? Bainimarama has made a religion a political football just like it was in the bad old days after 1987.

Fiji Live September 01 2014  Christian state logic ‘not the way of Christ’

Fiji Times 9 August 2014  Wadan Narsey  ‘Secular state myth’

 

Regime fine tunes its propaganda

September 2, 2014

At last someone in the Ministry of Information has realised that it does more harm than good to try to pretend that almost no-one supports SODELPA. It’s like the way the propaganda machine had to stop reporting water problems had been solved . People know whether there’s water coming out of their taps or not. Propaganda can’t make people imagine water. Now the regime’s propaganda mill has admitted that there’s a lot of support for SODELPA. They’ve got SODELPA up to 22% and other parties up to 8%.  The real clue to what’s going on is the answer to the question about which daily newspaper is providing the most coverage of the elections?  According to the Fiji Sun, the answer was that 70% said the Fiji Sun, the same magical number that supports FijiFirst.  The numbers are still fiction but they’re a little more believable.

Fiji Sun 1 September 2014 A Two-Party Race

Who is the mysterious businessman?

September 2, 2014

Just as the names of business donors to political parties were about to be revealed we read that a businessman arrested on serious drug charges has managed to have his name suppressed by Magistrate Mohammed Azhar.  Fiji leaks blog reported on Friday that the businessman was Anwar Khan, a very close friend of Khaiyum!

The big lie

September 1, 2014

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The biggest liar of them all

It was Hitler who first followed the philosophy of the Big Lie – believing that in politics only a Big Lie will work. Bainimarama has now found his really big lie, claiming that Laisenia Qarase had prior knowledge of the Speight coup. He knows the truth, that he, Bainimarama, was warned about the Speight coup but he left the country to attend a waste-time conference in Norway.  When he returned he let the turmoil run, thinking he could use it to his advantage.  He even tried to have himself appointed as Interim PM. He remains close to Inoke Kubuabola and Jim Ah Koy despite the knowledge that they were part of the shadowy group in the background before Speight. Bainimarama even tried to appoint the alleged real leader of the Speight coup, former Police Commissioner, Isikia Savua, to one of his Charter Committees before he realised this would expose his close links to Savua. Bainimarama hopes that voters who are ignorant of the facts will believe this whopping lie.

No time for finger pointing on the Golan Heights

September 1, 2014

While 44 of our peacekeepers remain in captivity we should refrain from finger-pointing and concentrate our thoughts and prayers on their safe delivery from the hands of a group whose murderous record gives us every reason to fear for the safety of our boys. There will be a time to ask questions. Were the troops properly prepared for their mission?  Has the effectiveness of the RFMF as military force been weakened under the 16 year rule of Bainimarama who was more politician than military leader, pushing out a whole generation of the RFMF’s top officers? Has 7 years of being cut off from access to international standard military training from our traditional allies cut the skill base? Answers to these questions can wait but these are the questions being asked in private, even if our censored media could never let them be asked in public.

Most in the dark about land

September 1, 2014

The Fiji Times Tebbutt poll has found that the great majority of voters think that land is a very important issue in the upcoming election but only half of voters think they understand what’s at stake.  This shows us what’s wrong with the Bainimarama regime.

Fiji Times 30 August 2014 Majority want to know more about land

Secret ballot will this fix front-runner

August 29, 2014

FRONTRUNNER ELECTION 2014 C4.5

How accurate are the polls that show Frank is the front-runner?  Journalists who asked about voting intentions found a lot of people did not support Bainimarama but did not want to to be quoted.  Frank wants people to think he will be staying in power so they have to continue to fear him. We all know of civil servants, academics, journalists and businesses who’ve been punished for speaking out against the dictatorship.  We must remember one thing and make sure everyone understands it – you must use the secret ballot to get rid of the dictator who rewards his close friends but punishes anyone who speaks out against his decisions.

Why is over $6 million sitting in the Frank Bank?

August 29, 2014

The TLTB has admitted it’s hanging on to $6 million of landowners funds. Over 2.5 million of this belongs to landowners in Bua, Macuata and Cakaudrove, all strongholds of SODELPA. The useless puppet, Qetaki, claims this is because the landowners have not set up trust funds and appointed trustees as required by the unelected government but who asked them to change the distribution system? It’s typical Bainimarama that he wants to reduce landowners to begging for their own money.  He talks about accountability but he has failed to give landowners a proper account of how much money has been collected as rent for each mataqali and how much is in arrears.  He just doesn’t understand: it’s not his money.

Fiji Times August 29 2014  $2.5 million held back

Frank’s plans for sugar -a new CSR?

August 28, 2014

Islands Business News has forecast the collapse of the sugar industry when the current EU agreement under the Lome Convention lapses.  We’ll face tariff barriers that will kill our high-priced production. The EU offered 350 million Euros in aid to lift our productivity but Bainimarama knocked this back in 2009.  He wasn’t interested in an election until he had had at least 4 years dictatorship so he could censure the media, stack the judiciary and jail political rivals.

A blogger on another site claimed that the sugar industry’s problems started in 1987 but the facts are clear. In 1986 we had 22,000 growers producing 4.1 million tonnes of cane from 70,0000 hectares.  In 1996 we were still producing 4.3 million tonnes of cane.  By 2006 after leases were not renewed and growers dropped out, production fell to 3.2 million tonnes.

It took Frank to cut acreage and yields to the point where we produce on 1.5 million tonnes of cane in 2012.  Sugar produced fell from 310,000 tonnes in 2006 to 150,000 tonnes in 2012.

So what is Frank’s plan? In January we were told of a Chinese mission visiting to discuss a possible refinery joint venture and the scope for purchasing 100,000 tonnes of sugar in the medium term.  Does this mean Frank plans to sell FSC to a Chinese company?  If he does we can be sure he’ll bankrupt cane farmers first and hand them and their land to a new CSR, the Chinese Sugar Refinery.

Frank’s plan for the sugar industry is well hidden from sight but his plan for power is easy to see in legislation like the Land Use Decree which gives him the power to hand huge tracts of land to a Chinese sugar refinery.  Cane farmers should not think the Land Use Decree was crated for their benefit. If it was, he would have used it for that purpose already, but he’s left cane farmers to the TLTB.

Corruption Fighter

A good promise but the question remains

August 28, 2014

The FPF has assured members of the public they will be updated on progress of investigations into the death Vilikesa Soko.  This is a good promise but it would carry more weight if we could be advised on progress in relation to the investigation of the torture video. Commissioner Gorenewald needs to explain how  a crime can be filmed with faces and car registration clearly visible and no arrests have been made.

Fiji Times August 27 2014  Police promise progress update on Soko death


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