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Vote2018: Draunidalo – Teach Our Young People Fiji’s Political History

Tupou Draunidalo is party leader and president of HOPE. She is a former Opposition Member of Parliament of the National Federation Party. She is also a lawyer by profession. The
06 Oct 2018 14:23
Vote2018: Draunidalo – Teach Our Young  People Fiji’s Political History
  • Tupou Draunidalo is party leader and president of HOPE. She is a former Opposition Member of Parliament of the National Federation Party. She is also a lawyer by profession. The views and opinions expressed here in the article are those of Tupou Draunidalo and not of the Fiji Sun.

The HOPE party is disappointed that some of the oldest political parties and leaders of this country would lead young people astray by discouraging them from learning about, understanding or knowing our recent political history.

It is trite lesson of good leadership that we must never forget the past because we have to learn from it, so that we do not repeat the mistakes made.

And yet, when any good leader of this country wants to remind the young of 1987, 2000 and 2006- it is met with vociferous opposition about personalizing issues, not being a good Christian, not moving forward or not having positive ideas.

Of course, the vociferous are usually found in the camps with plenty of history that they wish to hide.

But that is not a sign of good leadership. Far from it.

It is a sign that personal gain of high office is far more important than doing what is right by Fiji.

Just this week and the last, the British PM was talking about European history of over a hundred years ago and earlier in her work towards Brexit which lies ahead of her and her country.

American leaders regularly talk today about their founding fathers over two hundred years ago and the constitution they enacted at that time- to discuss what is happening today in the White House and how they should move forward based on that history.

And yet, we in Fiji are led and made to believe that we should not talk about these mistakes of the past.

This is a recipe for repeating the same mistakes.

Which HOPE is confident, that no one in this country wants repeated.

Again we say, government is not the personal possession of anyone. It belongs to the people and so leaders have a duty to talk about history and the past to inform the public.

Also, we must not mix religion with politics. God is too clean and too high for us. But God has given us brains to use and know what is right and what is wrong. We should not waste those gifts.

Politics is the contest of ideas (ideas are tested over time- history), the rough and tumble to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Otherwise, we will keep getting the chaff.

HOPE has published very many policy statements through the two dailies, Fiji Times and Fiji Sun.

Our ideas are there about going forward. We believe the government is already copying some of our great ideas.

That is great news to HOPE and very good for Fiji.

And HOPE will continue its public service and leadership in talking about the past. Particularly, 1987, 2000 and 2006.

So that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

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