Frank at last gets the message

April 17, 2014

One good thing has come from the frantic tour of country by the Fiji First Family Proposed Party.  At last the regime has noticed that it’s hard for many rural voters (and we all know that basically means iTaukei voters) to register.  People turned up to sign up for the FFFPP party but they were not eligible because they weren’t registered.  They told the Fiji Sun they couldn’t afford to travel to Labasa to register because the transport cost was too high.  At last Frank has got the message.  Many iTaukei voters live in areas where transport to service centres is expensive.

Fiji Sun April 16, 2014 Voter worry http://www.fijisun.com.fj/?p=211474

Bainimarama’s breach due to Commander complex

April 17, 2014

We all knew that the ridiculously strict rules laid down for political parties were designed to impact FLP and SDL but Frank didn’t seem to think that anyone would expect him to play by the same rules.  So he jumped the gun, behaving as if Fiji First already exists as a political party.  His problem is he waited too long to get things moving for the creation of his political party and we all know why – he couldn’t bear to let go of the reins as Commander.  Mick Beddoes has complained and the Police are investigating.  No-one doubts that this investigation will be concluded by the same team investigating the prisoner brutality video but it has already exposed Bainimarama as a fraud and a hypocrite.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/241727/fiji-police-invetigating-bainimarama

More hand-outs for Fiji First

April 17, 2014

Frank has really been pushing the kerekere with the Chinese to deliver on sewing machines.  Another 900 have been promised, which means that Jiko Luveni can expect villages will be vying with one another to have her or Frank to visit and hand them out.  We’ve all heard of Agscam but Sewscam is exactly the same – or is it?  SDL was rewarded with votes.  Won’t Frank be disappointed if his attempts to do the same are rewarded with nothing more than smiles.

Fiji Village 15/04/2014 Ministry to receive around 900 sewing machines from China

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=15041489d731f149d3363f641a8f82

Will Ashwin act?

April 17, 2014

Ashwin Raj was quick out of the blocks to accuse Ratu Timoci Vesikula of hate speech but we’re still waiting for his response to the complaints of misreporting by the Fiji Sun about SODELPA.  The Fiji Sun reported that Sitiveni Rabuka had been appointed to the position of Deputy Leader, only to have this denied by SODELPA who have now complained to Ashwin Raj.  The regime rules about the media are very strict, so there’s no question as to what he should do.  We all know that any other media would be pounced on for making such a mistake, but the Fiji Sun is special.  Like Fiji First it’s above the rules.

Fiji Village: 15/04/2014 Rabuka is not the Deputy Leader of SODELPA – Tabaiwalu

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=1504141bd366655ed8d911a72813ad

Party of one

April 17, 2014

It took forever for Frank to announce that he was going to have a party and now it seems to be taking forever for him to find candidates.  It can’t be because they’re waiting for his party to approved, because Bai is carrying on like the Party is a fact.  Why the hold-up?

Radio New Zealand 16 April 2014 No other confirmed candidates says Fiji’s Bainimarama

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/241842/no-other-confirmed-candidates-says-fiji%27s-bainimarama

Is the Fiji Airways profit too good to be true?

April 15, 2014

A lot of people have their doubts abogut the profits that Fiji Airways is declaring.  Can the cuts to the standard of food served and the rapacious charging for excess baggage really boost profits by that much? One thing is for sure, however, and that is that if there is any political disruption through cancelled elections or a military challenge to the results in September we can kiss good-bye to Fiji Airways.  With the huge interest bill to pay for the new planes they cannot afford to have them idle as happened in the coups in 2000 and 2006 when tourism nose-dived.

Fiji Times April 15, 2014 Air Pac Group rakes in $541.2m

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=265700

Let’s have Frank Watch

April 15, 2014

The regime propaganda machine tells us that Bainimarama told a village meeting in the Yasawas “Whatever our background, wherever we come from, we all belong, we are all equal.  And only by working together as one nation can Fiji truly be united, prosperous and fulfil its destiny – truly the way the world should be.”

This we are told was his response to the blunt words of Ratu Timoci Vesikula.  He didn’t manage to say anything so direct when he was facing Ratu Timoci so a lot of us doubt he would have the courage to say it to a village audience.  What we need are our own independent reporters on the ground, reporting what Bainimarama actually says.  We all know too many politicians have said one thing to one audience and another thing to others.

Let’s hold Bainimarama to telling the truth.  If you hear reports of what he says, tell the blogs who can report the truth.  Don’t let the Ministry of Propaganda get away with lies.

Take it up with Frank

April 14, 2014

Between now and September Bainimarama will be visiting villages and settlements all over Fiji.  Among the many questions he will have to answer is why the ballot paper people will have to vote on is a mass of numbers.  No-one was consulted about any of the decisions made for this election.  We have one big consistuency and one big ballot paper covered in numbers.  Let’s make sure that everyone who meets Bainimarama asks him why we have this system and why no-one was given an opportunity to comment.  Why does everything have to be handed down from the top like a military order?  The political parties have complained, but everybody should join in and ask the questions that have never been answered.

Radio Fiji 13 April 2014 Political parties call for changes to ballot paper http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/19131/political-parties-call-for-changes-to-ballot-paper

Where have all the cane-cutters gone?

April 14, 2014

Prisoners are being forced to ‘volunteer’ to cut cane to fill the gap left because most of the villages, especially in the islands, have stopped sending their people to cut cane for village projects.  Is this a result of villages now thinking they no longer need to work for village projects – all they do is wait for the Blue Bus to turn up with Free Frank handouts paid for with borrowed money?

Fiji Sun April 13, 2014 HARVEST help http://www.fijisun.com.fj/?p=210974

Bainimarama tries to pick a better match

April 14, 2014

Still smarting from his humilitation at the sharp tongue of Ratu Timoci Vesikula, Frank made sure he had a softer match for his next meeting.  So this time he had a face-off with students who are current beneficiaries of the government’s Tertiary Education Loan Scheme, hoping no doubt that youth would be intimidated by his exalted status.  But even here he did not have it easy.  They asked him tough questions about the way the scheme operated and why it was that way.  Pio Tikoduadua was left to admit “Obviously there are genuine concerns” and to try to tell himself that people are happy because “the Prime Minister is listening”.  After seven years of telling people to get stuffed and take what they get from him, he now has to listen and explain his decisions.  Perhaps his next face-off will have to be with Primary School children.

Radio Fiji 13 April 2014 PM hears TELS grievances

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/19133/pm-hears-tels-grievances


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