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Written By : Kenneth Robb Cairns Suva . In yesteryear when political views could result in lengthy prison sentences, dissenters often wrote children’s stories and poems as a form of
27 May 2008 12:00

Written By : Kenneth Robb Cairns Suva .
In yesteryear when political views could result in lengthy prison sentences, dissenters often wrote children’s stories and poems as a form of political protest, such as Humpty Dumpty and the Pied Piper.
Fiji has now become a land of the Pied Pipers. We have “sugar” piper but his musical instrument has lost its tune.
Then we have the “land” piper whose music is all about the threat to tribal lands and reconciliation bill, which as really nothing to do with reconciliation. The reconciliation bill is about the release of brigands and anarchists.
We have the military Pied Pipers. Once they also played the same tune as the land piper but now have a new tune called “building a better Fiji”.
One Pied Piper even suggested in his latest piece that poor families be given $50 per week from government coffers. The source of such money remains a mystery seeing the State coffers are already used up.
Then we have the “music academy”. Their self-appointed responsibility is to decide which pipers are playing the god-tunes.
They declared that the army piper “Buka” was the hand of God’s intervention while the present army piper is playing the music of darkness.
We also have the legal pipers, seemingly a wealthy class whose music speaks “justice for all”.
However, the poor cannot afford the fees required to obtain this justice and often they love to delay justice not realising that justice delayed is justice denied.
Last we have the “chiefly” pipers. At present they play the tunes of a very foreign flower called “democratic government”.
In the past they played the Buka and Speight tunes in the name of democracy and are now banning other pipers from entering their small tribal kingdoms.
One wonders what they really understand about the nature of this amazing foreign flower.
The pipers play and the children follow.
Many are now either confused or bored by these pipers. Maybe they should donate their pipes to the museum.
The last truly great piper we had was Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and he and his wisdom are no longer with us. His music of economic development is really needed – dams, roads, bridges, agriculture production and so on.
We all hope and trust that after the next election our esteemed President will insist on a government of national unity. A government of the people, by the people for all the people.



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