Letters To The Editor, 12th May 2017

Political Quiz Arvind Mani, Nadi I have always loved quotes with a political slant.  As I was going through some of them, I noticed that they seemed uncannily applicable to
12 May 2017 08:59
Letters To The Editor, 12th May 2017
Mothers Day

Political Quiz

Arvind Mani,


I have always loved quotes with a political slant.  As I was going through some of them, I noticed that they seemed uncannily applicable to the Fiji political climate and I thought, why not let the readers have some fun with it?

Here is an example:  “There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats; for I am armed so strong in honesty that they pass by me as the idle wind which I respect not.”  This would be something our Prime Minister would say to the Opposition.

Another example: “I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true ‘The empty vessel makes the greatest sound’.” This could apply to the esteemed leader of the National Federation Party considering all the pearls of wisdom he has been showering us with.

And yet another example: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy”. This applies to all the noise about the repair of the Penang Mill which is in such a miserable state of disrepair. And yet some geniuses want to repair it, such a cheap ploy to get the votes of the Rakiraki farmers.  I am sure the IQ of the farmers is higher than of these slimy politicians and they can see through such lowly tactics.

Just one more example: “I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.” This is something our witty Attorney-General would say to the Opposition.

Enough answers already, dear readers. Now you have to put on your thinking hat.  Can you guess who the next quote would apply to? Maybe more than one of them…

“Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”

Or how about this quote? “I’ve always said that in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends will kill you.” (Clue- this was a hot topic a few weeks ago, but you did not need that hint, did you?)

“Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

“Caveat emptor”, dear voters.”  This is from 30 years ago.

“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

The above quote could apply to anyone, but I am sure you can pick the politician you feel it is most applicable to.

For the next quote, we’ll need to wait till the elections are over:

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

I would like to end with a wistful quote “Mankind will never see an end of trouble until… lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power… become lovers of wisdom.” Right now, there seems a dearth of lovers of wisdom.  You can count them on one hand. Let’s hope we get more of them next year.


Access to education

Isoa Baleisawana,

Bau, Tailevu

I would like to thank the FijiFirst Government especially Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimrama for promoting quality education among the youths of Fiji.

As a child of low income earners, I’m grateful to the Government of the day for giving me an opportunity to receive quality education.

My parents are unemployed and through the Tertiary and Education Loan Scheme I’m able to pursue further studies at the University of the South Pacific.

In the past, parents from poor families could not afford to give their children quality education.

Some of these children perform well in school, but because of the lack of financial resources they cannot further their education.

Quality education in the form of budget consultations in schools is excellent. It empowers youths to voice their opinions. A good education will fulfil our dreams in life.

It also determines the quality of future leaders of Fiji.

Thanks again to the FijiFirst Government and the PM for enabling those like me to better my future for me and my family.


Mother’s Day

Neelz Singh,


Mother’s Day is one of the occasions when you can show your gratitude to your lovely and gorgeous mother. The oodles of happiness and bunch of jovial moments that she has given you indeed need a celebration.

She is the one who first showed the world to you and now it’s your turn to show her the world. A mother takes every pain simply for her child without uttering a single word of dissatisfaction.

Nobody else can be as caring as a mother. And therefore, she deserves to be celebrated for the way she has made your life a celebration with her unspoken prayers and continuous efforts.

One relationship which is always with us is the one we share with our mothers. They are our guiding force and are responsible for making us who we are. Happy and prosperous day to all mums, Vinaka.

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