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Letters To The Editor, October 30, 2015

Democracy restoration Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu With the elections over and democracy restored, isn’t that what we were crying about since the coup days. During the democracy process we are bound
30 Oct 2015 10:58
Letters To The Editor, October 30, 2015

Democracy restoration
Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu
With the elections over and democracy restored, isn’t that what we were crying about since the coup days. During the democracy process we are bound to lose a few things, gain a few things and restore certain things.
We have lost the Great Council of Chiefs; so be it; I’m surprised that there are certain people still barking about it.
It only raises tension and anger to most people who have suffered in whichever way.
Why can’t we talk about other important issues that require a solution such as rape, unemployment, human trafficking, drugs, crime, living standards, cost of living, minimum wage, fires, road fatalities and so much more.
For our democracy, it’s now safe and it’s up to the individual people how deal with and it and doesn’t require any Tom, Dick and Harry to solve it for them.

Who is Opposition boss?
Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka
Who really calls the shots in the Opposition or who is their boss? One cannot bypass the issue of voting along party lines in the Opposition. They all differ in their rights with their parliamentary privileges.
Not long back there was a vote in Parliament for a new President-elect, the 14 from the SODELPA Opposition team present on the day voted for their candidate nominee Ratu Epeli Ganilau whereas the three from the NFP abstained.
In their no vote stance, they had indirectly supported the Government’s nominee Jioji Konrote. That’s democracy in our new Parliament; one would have also noticed in the Opposition’s past Parliament walkouts, the SODELPA Opposition would all stand like duck’s taking to water and walk out with the NFP Opposition team remaining in their seats disagreeing but indirectly are seen as supporting our Government.
Is there really two Opposition or one in our new Parliament? Interestingly their different styles are a good omen for our Fijian democracy.
It is now more than one year after elections and it just seems that the SODELPA ranks are still not able to settle their internal differences. We are very fortunate in Fiji that they were never allowed to win the elections, thank you Lord, they can never be trusted to govern our country.
On one hand they claim it is Ratu Naiqama who is boss, on the other it is Ro Teimumu who is Leader of the Opposition, which makes her their parliamentary boss. Than you have got their old warhorse, Mick Beddoes, who seems to be the one calling the shots with the Bulitavu faction on one side. What a mess?
If one is smart, try to compare the salary and the perks of all in the opposition, none of them can surpass the $120k+ a year in Ro Teimumu’s entitlement. Isn’t that why?
Our FijiFirst Government is busy moving our country forward at home and in the international arena. If SODELPA continues on its current destructive paths it will self-destruct when we go into our 2018 elections, there will really be no seat left for the Opposition. Our 50-seat parliament will all be occupied by the peoples’ FijiFirst party and Government.

At least
Floyd Robinson, Nasinu
There is much discussion and debate about the outcome of the grandfinals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Whatever peoples views, we have forgotten something we could be proud of.
The Flying Fijians lost to Australia but not before taking their forward pack head on and making them panic at times. We also scored a try against a team making it into the final.
At least we could boast that we lost to a team which made it to the finals.
At least we gave them a hard time, making them work over time in order to secure a win against us. At least!

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