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And Now It’s Over

And Now It’s Over
The Fiji Trades Union Congress-organised march in Suva on October 21, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 23
09:57 2014

So now, after months of anticipation, the waiting is over. We no longer have to rely on blogs, polls and angry voices to guess at what the people of Fiji think.  They have told us, in no uncertain terms, that they want a Bainimarama government to lead the way for the next four years.  Three out of five voters voted FijiFirst, 60 per cent of the vote, much more than SDL’s 44 per cent in 2006 or New Zealand’s National Party’s 48 per cent on Saturday. A decisive victory with 32 of the 50 seats in Parliament, and the speaker to be appointed, in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, from outside parliament.

Setting the tone

But this leaves two out of five voters who did not vote for FijiFirst which resulted in SODELPA winning 15 and the NFP three seats.

How all the leaders of these parties act over the next few days  and coming weeks will set the tone for the rest of the country, and those in Fiji and overseas who have, over the internet, been vocal on the Fiji political situation.

The country needs to heal the wounds of division and move forward with a government responding to the needs of the people and a principled opposition  helping it on its way, and keeping it honest. It does not need any more tantrums from the likes of Mick Beddoes or Mahendra Chaudhry who tried, unsuccessfully, to besmirch the election process.  The Opposition needs more spokesmen with the dignity of Ro Teimumu and the silence of Biman Prasad.

Blogs and Facebook roles

The blogs and Facebook pages also need to reconsider their roles. If they are to play a useful role in reconciliation and help all those in power —and in Parliament—  focus on the major issues facing the nation, the publishers and editors will need to  reconsider their  priorities.

They must encourage constructive debate and discussion and delete all personal, sexually crude and pointlessly  negative comments by their readers.

My impression, from reading some of the comments on my blog, is that some readers see the blog as a form of entertainment where they can anonymously express views and insults that they could never express if their name was attached to their statement. The time for this sort of comment has passed. From now on, it can only hurt Fiji.

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