#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: No brainer that a dictator would win the elections

Monday, March 5, 2012

No brainer that a dictator would win the elections

Frank Bainimarama is already predicting the outcome for the so-called 2014 elections and declaring himself the winner .... when the country hasn't even gone to the polls yet! With the rule of law gone, media gagged and people intimidated from endless decrees, no wonder he can beat his chest two years out from the supposed polls. We note that he also says 'anyone' will be allowed to seek election in his 'latest interview' with Graham Davis. But judging from his recent hostile reaction to 'jealous' Mahendra Chaudry, we suspect he is a long way off from reconciling himself with the most probable candidates to those he personally prefers and will tolerate.

Serving up justice dictatorship style
The elections
Q: Assuming the election takes place, which you say it will, the big question is what form it will take. Will it be a democracy as Australia and New Zealand understand it? In other words a level playing field where everybody can stand? Or will it be more like an Indonesian style democracy with a high level of military control?
B: To tell you the truth, Graham, I really don’t know at this stage. But I presume that we will continue where we left off.
Q: Who will be able to stand and who won’t be able to stand?
B: Anyone is able to stand.
Q: Even [Former elected prime minister] Laisenia Qarase?
B: Even Laisenia Qarase . . .
Q: . . . The guy you removed?
B: Yeah, even Laisenia Qarase.
Q: I mean you’ve told me once before, no-one will be allowed to stand on behalf of any one race in Fiji. Is that how you envisage it?
B: Yes. It’ll be equal suffrage, one man, one vote. That is definite, that everyone has accepted that. And that is the way we’re going to go.
PM standing?
Q: Are you going to stand for election?
B: Right now I’ve not made up my mind because I want to do the constitution and the election process first.
Q: Are you saying you’re not ruling out standing?
B: I’m not changing.
Q: You’re not saying you’re ruling it out, or are you ruling it in?
B: I’m ruling it in.
Q: You’re ruling it in?
B: Yeah, I might stand. I don’t know.
Q: You’re gonna consider it close to the event . . .
B . . . I will consider it, yeah.
Q: All the indications are that if you did decide to stand you would win. The Lowy poll gave you 66 percent popularity in the country, which would be the envy of Julia Gillard and John Key.
So is it your feeling that if you did stand that you would win?
B: I would win.
Q: No doubt about that?
B: No doubt about that.
Q: Well, why not announce that you’re going to stand?
B: [Laughter] Because I’m …
Q: Why are you delaying that?
B: I guess what I want, I  want to concentrate on what I’m doing now. If I, if I start, if I tell people I’m going to stand, the concentration will be diverted to politics and standing for election instead of just continuing what I need to do now and that is bring about a credible constitution and then of course the election.
Multiracial agenda
Q: You’ve also got this multiracial agenda. Everybody is called a Fijian.
B: Yes.
Q: How important do you think that’s been for the psychology of the rest of the population in Fiji?
B: It is very important because years past there’s been a division in the races, division in the religion, and we want to bring that together. Not that we want Christians to be Muslims or Muslims to be Hindus, but we want people to accept each other’s religion.
Trade unions
Q: There are very negative things said about you as well. You’ve cracked down on elements of the trade union movement. Why was that necessary?
B: We have no qualms over the trade unions. We have a lot of trade unions here going about doing their own thing in their own way and there’s no interference. What we’re worried about is a group of people who think they have, that they can influence what we do, especially in terms of economy.
Q: They’ve done some damage to you, haven’t they? They’ve got the Australian Council of Trade Unions, for instance, to to suggest to Australian holidaymakers that they not come here.
B: It didn’t make any difference, did it?
Q: You mean people kept coming?
B: Yes, and in bigger numbers than before.
Q: I mean how much of a threat are they under those circumstances to the country? Because some people might suggest that this is economic sabotage.
B: Well it is, and that’s exactly what we tried to do, to remove their hold over our economy. And guess who’s helping them? The Australians and the Kiwis. It says a lot about these two countries.
Religious persecution
Q: The other problem area for you in terms of international perception is this notion of religious persecution. Why have you targeted the Methodist Church in the way that you have?
B: I have not targeted the Methodist Church. I’m a member of the Methodist Church.
Q: You stopped them from having their annual conferences and you’ve stopped them from having certain meetings and all of that.
B: We we are on the path of equal suffrage. No race, no creed difference. We want to bring about Fiji for everyone. There are some groups of people who want to take us- continue to take us back.
Q: And that includes some Methodist Church clergymen?
B: And that include some hierarchy.
Q: So there were certain Methodist Church clergymen who were exploiting racial differences?
B: Yes.
Q: And you’re not going to tolerate that?
B: That’s not going to be tolerated, not in in the direction that we’re taking now. Nor are we tolerating unionists who go about trying to sabotage our economy.
Q: You’re gonna be tough with these people and and that’s just the way it’s gonna be?
B: Yes.
Freedom of expression
Q: There’s still a lot of concern about freedom of expression in Fiji. You lifted censorship but then imposed controls on the media. You’ve brought in a decree that gives you protection from the defamation laws, but nobody else. Can you understand your critics being concerned about this, that it’s free speech for you but not for them?
B: The laws that we put in place is no different from what you have in Australia, from what they have in New Zealand, from what they have in America – no difference. The people who are making a big deal out of this are the same people that we removed because of corruption, because of lack of action, because of inefficiency.
Defamation decree
Q: In the case of the the defamation decree though, in Australia you can, you can say whatever you like in the parliament, but in Fiji you’re going to be able to say whatever you like outside the parliament too. Do you think that’s fair?
B: Well for what we, for the next couple of years that that needs to be put in place so we don’t get targeted by some people who are part of the people that are going against the government right now. Now …
Q: So this this is unashamedly to protect you against the forces you removed?
B: Yes.
Ratu Tevita Mara
Q: Okay, and this is the first interview you’ve done for about 18 months, and if you’ll excuse me there’s a lot of water under the bridge, so a couple of other points for the record. What caused the falling out between you and your fellow officer, Ratu Tevita Mara, the son of the former Prime Minister, who’s been campaigning against you ever since he fled?
B: We have a vision and a path and we should go down this path to get to where we want to go, which is building a better Fiji. He didn’t actually come on board that path. His was, his was his own agenda.
Q: He wasn’t part of the programme?
B: No.
Q: What was his agenda.
B: Himself.
Q: Okay, so this was a a personality thing, or did he try to organise a coups against you? Or what was it?
B: Well he couldn’t. There is no way anybody can organise a coups against me, because for the simple reason the soldiers of RFMF are tired of people trying to organise coups.
Q: Are you suggesting that Tevita Mara wanted to replace you?
B: No, he’s not good enough to replace me.
Q: Was he organising something?
B: He tried to.
Q: He did try to?
B: He tried to.
Q: What did he try to do?
B: Oh well he tried to organise people, some soldiers and some in the civilian community.
Q: To remove you?
B: Yeah.
Q: How did you find out about it?
B: Through intelligence.
Q: Can you explain further?
B: No.
Q: What sort of intelligence?
B: No, because this case is with the police, so I really don’t have much ?
Vision for Fiji
Q: Okay, and finally, you told me a couple of years ago that your vision for Fiji was a country free of race. Do you remember that? A prosperous, multiracial Fiji, not coup coup-land, as some people call it, but the way the world should be again.
B: Yeah.
Q: How close are you now to achieving that aim?
B: Very close. Very close. As I, as I said, the election is very important to us, election in 2014. But what is more important is the constitution that we’re going to put together. We will leave that as our legacy for our children and our grandchildren. We have said that we are not going to entertain any any interference in in the making of our constitution, and especially, most especially, in the election process. That’s the bit that we’re worried about. We are not going to entertain any interference from any countries.
Q: So it’ll be a clean election?
B: Clean election.
Q: There will be no hanky-panky?
B: None.
Q: None?
B: None.
Q: And it will be the will of the people?
B: It will be the will of the people.
Queen of Fiji
Q: You also said to me a couple of years ago you wanted to have the Queen back as Queen of Fiji when democracy was restored . . .
B: . . . Well that was two years ago.
Q: Yeah. Do do you still want that?
B: Well there’s no doubt after the 2014 election the commonwealth nations will accept us back as a member of the commonwealth. And then we’ll have the Queen back.
Q: So the Queen will be Queen of Fiji again after the next election?
B: After the next election. But we have the President.
Q: But you still regard her as Queen, don’t you?
B: Everyone does.
Q: Everyone does?
Q: So she’s Queen of Fiji in your heart?
B: She is still, yeah.
Q: Prime Minister, thank you very much.
B: Thank you, Graham.

Graham Davis interview

Jealous Chaudhry should stay out


Anonymous said...

lets now wait for Lord Haw Haw (Crosbie Walsh) to feign surprise and spruik all the wonderfull success of the regime to back his case. So what if a few heads had to be cracked or there is no
accountability at all for this regime, so what if it is a military dictatorship (notice he can't even bring himself to say it) and will not bend, negotiate, or tolerate any critcism or dissent , but claim they want national dialogueona new constitution where the first job is to ensure amnesty and entrench power for themselves??!!

Dalit said...

What a load of crap... cow dung from this moron, unscrupulous idiot. He talks s!@t the d!!!k head.

March 5, 2012 3:37 PM

Just saying said...

Nothing said about the report into the murders of the CRW officers and the photos. Guess that'll be covered in the next chat in 18months.

Taukei 5. said...

@ Just saying...

Funny that? (nothing said).
Then again Davis likes to portray himself as a tough fearless Viti investigative journo doing his job
from the safety & comfort of Australia.

Ask him the same simple as yet un-answered question asked of many others.

"How many murders
constitute genocide"?

Anonymous said...

"Just saying", I think you'll find they covered that in a previous chat. It was reprinted on 4.5 a day or so ago. It's when the Baini said " what did they expect us to do, kiss them on both cheeks?" I personally think he had a point. Play with fire and you get burnt.

Anonymous Navy said...

Frank for president !!!! We support you as president and its best that you dont run for elections.

Be the commander _in Chief and remove the b!@#i president.

Change the government ministers and have the supervision for elections and a new constitution when you are president.

That your exit Mr. Prime minister otherwise you will face the jail term.

Frank for President

March 5, 2012 3:53 PM

Anonymous said...

I hope everyone remembers that these clowns put out a law last month which says that "they are not accountable to anything they say" and you can't sue them.

So all this interview above is all bullshit.OK

There will be no democratic elections in 2014.

-Valataka na Dina.

Anonymous said...

Woilei, meanwhile, does anyone else notice the repetition between question and answers??? OMG!

The interviewer is as bad as the interviewee...OMG! Unbelievable!

BACK side UP said...

interview with a real junglee,what a shame we have prime minister who keeps on forgetting his previous interviews with the same man.lift yr sulu and run run run....maichod.

Taukei 5. said...

@ Anon 4:08.

Really? Just pray that yourself or any of your relatives suffer the same fate as these poor souls?Playing with fire denotes getting burnt - not having your skull smashed in with a brick or having your penis cut off while still alive. Pathetic - obviously been watching too many DVD's.

Anonymous said...

The world and the people of Fiji will watch helplessly as Frank wins the 2014 election fraudulently. Everything is being done to ensure he stays in power.

Anonymous said...

frank said he will contest election now.
the liar is up to his game again.
when he coup he said no military people will be in govt and wont benefit.
i dont trust this liar anymore.
he will never win the election.
he will rot in jail.
can he tell the public that he is ready to face the court action one elected govt comes in 2014 if election happens.sdl/flp will clean sweep the election.
we dont need any other constitution.2009 april court ruling said the coup is illegal and constitution is still alive.
read this frank nutcase .

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
On Oct. 6, 1981, assassins posing as soldiers opened fire on Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as he watched a military victory parade to mark Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel.

The assassins waited for the right moment to kill Sadat. They waited for the military parade to pass in front of Sadat’s presidential viewing stand. There were thousands of soldiers watching and taking part in the parade, but very few of them were armed. As a precaution, Egyptian troops marching in the parade carried unloaded weapons. The weapons were supposed to be just for show. But the assassins smuggled in bullets for their AK-47assault rifles. As the gunmen passed in front of Sadat, they opened fire.

Al-Zomor, one of the founders of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad group, admits he supplied the ammunition and knew about the plot, but says he never directed it.

The decision [to kill Sadat] was based on a number of factors together. Sadat broke into the people’s rights with the idea of tyranny. He dissolved the people’s assembly [parliament]. He was a tyrant, and he dissolved and he cheated and he made his party the one in control and running everything. The third issue is that Egypt reached such levels of tyranny. We were confronted aggressively,” Zomor said.

March 5, 2012 1:02 PM

Anonymous said...
TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a peace rally Saturday night in Tel Aviv's Kings Square, a top aide confirmed. He was reportedly shot in the arm and back by a Jewish man in his mid-20s who is allegedly affiliated with right-wing extremist groups.

Rabin was walking to his car after the rally when he was shot. The 73-year-old prime minister later died in surgery at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

The gunman has been identified as Yigal Amir, who had been involved in right-wing causes, Israel television reported. It said Amir, a resident of the central town of Herzeliya, had connections to the far-right group Eyal. Israeli television said police arrested Amir after the shooting.

Amir confessed to the assassination and reportedly told investigators, "I acted alone on God's orders and I have no regrets."

March 5, 2012 1:12 PM

Anonymous said...
On October 31, 1984 Indira Ghandi's Sikh bodyguard Beant Singh drew a .38 revolver and fired three shots into her abdomen. As she fell to the ground, Satwant Singh, a second Sikh bodyguard in her Personal Security detail, pumped all 30 rounds from his Sten automatic weapon into Indira Ghandi's crumpled body. At least seven bullets penetrated her abdomen, three her chest and one her heart. The Prime Minister of India was dead.

The two Sikh soldiers then calmly dropped their guns. As other security guards seized them, Beant Singh said 'I've done what I had to do. You do what you want to do.'

March 5, 2012 1:19 PM

Anonymous said...

Judges 3:15-26

King James Version (KJV)

15But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

16But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

17And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

18And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

19But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

20And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

21And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

22And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

23Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.

24When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

25And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

26And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me but haven't all you idiots been screeching for a fair election? Now, when you get one and even the big Lai can contest it, you're still complaining. Pathetic. Let's face it. The real agenda here is the return of the SDL. It isn't going to happen. and no-one is going to vote for your man either. Bloody fool brought it all on himself. AS for the rest of you, enjoy your exile.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I thought the PM was rather good. He looks like a leader, not like old four eyes from Mavana. He's got my vote. You know why? Because Victor Lal won't be showing his face in Fiji and can't bore us all to death. Why do you use his rubbish? You can't accuse Davis of being biased when you see the crap that spews from Lal. Even if some of it is true, I get totaly put off by his insults.

enough already said...

What on earth is all this biblical nonsense doing on 4.5? I thought it was a political blog, not a bloody Sunday school. Tired of all the religious BS in Fiji. It's the cause of all our problems.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you guys notice something in the photo. The pig Bainivuaka is holding the tray of food, but he's eyeing the bottle of johnnie walker on the table. He's saying to the fella sitting down, "boci don't you touch that bottle, it's mine"

Anonymous said...

frank is a great liar and racist.
dont worry we will expose all the text message you sent people.
yu called indians low cast people and mother f and they pray to tavoro.
you will loose the election rabuka..
sdl/flp will clean sweep the election.

Anonymous said...

When was this interview conducted - before of after the release of the BOI Report into the cold-blooded killins of the CRW soldiers?

Anonymous said...

God help us. No murderer as PM please. Why can't we have an educated person as PM not a gun totting idiot.

Fiji Loyal said...

I think Mr Davis helps the Commodore along, just a litte too much. Most of his qustions start with him making it easy for Frank or practically gives him the answer.

EG "All the indications are that if you did decide to stand you would win. The Lowy poll gave you 66 percent popularity in the country, which would be the envy of Julia Gillard and John Key.
So is it your feeling that if you did stand that you would win?"

And get the repeats of "I mean you’ve told me once before.."

Anyway, Frank is mainly repeating what is being said. Funniest is the use of the word 'hanky panky'. Many interviewers would've said 'irregularities' or 'unfair regulations'. Guess ait's tailor made to suit Frank's IQ and make it easy for him.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 8.22pm - wrong, Frank will win you watch but only if his political party excludes AG.

Anonymous said...

It seems this Graham Davis is a lapdog of the murderer - for the PIG seems to be readily available for his Q & A sessions:

No tears over CRW deaths

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Fiji's military commander, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has strongly denied allegations by former Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes, that he staged his recent coup to prevent an investigation into his role in the deaths of military rebels in 2000.

"I was totally unaware of any investigation," the military chief said. "Andrew Hughes came up with these allegations only when he was put in a corner about two weeks before we kicked him out.

"Never at any stage has any policeman, including Andrew Hughes, come to me and said we are doing an investigation into the deaths of those people in 2000," he said. The accusation which has been levelled by Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer provoked a spirited response from the military chief in an exclusive interview with The Fiji Times.

Eight soldiers died during the attempt by members of the RFMF's Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit to take over Queen Elizabeth Barracks on November 2, 2000.

Three loyalist troops died in the attack, during which an attempt was made to kill the commander.

Commodore Bainimarama barely escaped with his life, scampering to safety down an adjacent gully under a hail of gunfire.

Subsequently, five rebel troops were killed, reportedly beaten to death by loyalist colleagues of the dead soldiers.

In his Fiji Times interview, the military chief denied killing anyone or ordering anyone to be killed.

"In fact, one of the guys who came (to the barracks) and died later on, I released him from the naval base to be taken to the police station".

Asked to explain how the CRW troops died he said: "I think they were just bashed up by the (loyalist) soldiers because they got pretty peeved.

"I think that's an understatement.

"You know, they'd been part of the RFMF for 10, 20 years and all of a sudden one day they turned around and shot people up.

"Do you expect our guys to go and kiss them on the cheek?

"Let's be real about the situation," he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said the military had no case to answer.

"These guys came to kill people. They came out to kill, so if they died in the process I'm not going to cry over it.

"I feel sorry for the families. I feel for the lives of those people who were misled by those who sent them in.

"I especially felt for the guys who died protecting this nation," he said.

The commander rejected calls for a police investigation into those loyalist troops who killed the rebels.

"These guys did it for this country. Those guys came to kill and for that, we class them as terrorists and they should be treated accordingly," he said.

As for Andrew Hughes's accusation, the Commodore said "I was aware of an investigation into my going onboard the ship in 2000 and asking Ratu Mara to step down.

"That was one. The other one was, I think, talking back at the Home Affairs Minister (Josefa) Vosanibola.

"But I was totally unaware of any investigation into my role in the killing of the CRW troops," he said.

Anonymous said...

Do you still believe this guy...look at those eyes,when asked a long simple question.He rolls his eyes round like searching for a bullshit answer,that will fit the question than he gives himself a giggle and a sly smile as if to reward himself with that answer ......You need a psychiatrist to interview him.
This should be the first question.
Mr Prime Minister, When was last time you had a psych doc interview you.He,he,he never,you see they don't know and I will not tell them ,until I land in sing sing.Than I will squill like a vore I am I need psych doc he,he,he.And blame the insanity in me,than I need the the human right,the methodist church and all other churchers to help me, he,he,he.Don't tell anyone Graham,you fat fart.

please explain said...

I was interested to see that the interviewer is described as an 'independent journalist' in the credit line at the end of the article in the original pacific scoop article. Independent of what?

Anonymous said...

Anon@10.01 pm The laughter and giggle is weird.

Anonymous said...

You can slag off Davis all you like. But from my conversations around Suva today, he made The Pig look credible and believable. I had several people say "the thing about Frank is that he tells it like it is whether you like it or not". This is where we, his opponents should be worried. Because I kid you not. More people think he deserves to stand and win than we think. It's amazing how many ordinary i'taukei support him just because he's tough. Which is a sign of how little Fijians have advanced over the years. Still impressed by the turaga, "the main man". Anyone overseas who thinks otherwise is going to wake up in October 2014 with Frank as the democratically elected Pm of Fiji. It makes me sick but it's true. So how about a few ideas about how to stop this happening rather than simply attacking a pretty ordinary interview. The truth is Davis deserves a medal for making the idiot PM look good. And the way things are going, he'll get one.

Secret agenda said...

All you people are missing the point. Two days after this interview appeared in Australia, the Americans still haven't denied its central claim that they've changed their policy. What does this silence mean? That this interview is true. The US has changed its policy and Australia hasn't. If you don't understand the importance of that, you've missed the whole point of this exercise. Graham Davis set out to prove just one thing - that Australia is now alone in not engaging with Fiji. Never mind all the other BS. He must be grinning from ear to ear. Fiji 1, Australia nil.

Anonymous said...

An interview of a Sociopath


Anonymous said...

It seems the interview was conducted before March, and before the BOI Report released by Ratu Ului Mara which incriminates the dictator Frank Bainimarama. For, on 27 February the regime's propaganda sheet Fiji SUN had carried a front-page rebuttal under Graham Davis's by-line - PM slams Hunter-Lal claims, labels Andrew Hughes a twit. It followed Victor Lal and Russell Hunter's claim that police commissioner Hughes was planning to get dictator arrested in New Zealand. However, the Fiji Sun article rebuttal is not in Graham's propaganda video released on Crosbie Walsh's website - possibly Davis had asked dictator of the arrest plan at dinner (at tax payers expense). Yes, Graham Davis and his girlfriend hooker, Sharon Smith, when was dictator interviewed for the video?

Kaiviti said...


Anonymous said...

Graham Davis is Bainimarama's favorite journalist because he lobs the necessary questions in a soft manner, doesn't follow up much, accepts bullshit answers and just moves on, and then throws in a usually well-deserved but gratuitous criticism of Australia. The 'award winning journalist' interviewer and his medaled and beribboned dictator interviewee need each other to provide what they both lack: credibility.

On the other hand, the attacks on Victor Lal by supporters of the dictator shows that this journalist must be having a real impact.

I actually think that Anonymous Navy has it laregly correct, although I can't fathom why any patriotic Fijian would actually support a treacherous, lying, treasonous buffoon for president. Bainimarama's only 'exit strategy' is never really to exit. I expect that he'll make himself president so that he doesn't even need to run for office. He'll engineer it in Cabinet so that the presidency will be given expanded powers, enabling him to intervene decisively in Fijian politics for the rest of his life.

Aiyaz also won't need to run, as Bainimarama will probably appoint him CJ to replace Anthony Gates.

Teleni will probably be the next PM, as Bainimarama can rely on him to do just as he's told.

Finally, what's up with this assassination compendium? How far back will this survey take us, to Cain and Abel?

If that's how Fiji must be delivered, why not deliver the blow yourself? The best timing, place and manner are all pretty easy to deduce, if you think about it. Should be an easy matter for such a subject matter expert.

s/ Dakuwaqa

Anonymous said...

What is with this Graham Davis guy? Here you have a group of Australian coup opportunists jumping into the fray for their own financial gain. Working together, manipulating and deviously presenting facts inorder to make the saying 'Pen is mightier than the sword'work for their cause.

Starting with that Sharon whatever-Smith, the Lowry polls, this Davis( 'I have a chip on my shoulder') guy etc. Friends, projects like Naisoso etc are fairly lucrative undertakings and Voreqe is the idiot who will deliver for them. Lai is too smart to be handing them things on a plate.

Anonymous said...

This was a clear&clean interview and can one plame the PM for been cautious with Graham. He questions
and the PM answered.He's not so sure whether he wants to run for the new parliament, but i would hope he'd change his mind and go for the President post- instead?

Anonymous said...

GD seems to ask the question and also put the answer in FB's mouth. Most if the answers were simply "yes" to show he agreed with what the suggested answer.

Anonymous said...

All pictures of murdered CRW soldiers must be printed and passed to every home just weeks before we go into 2014 elections (if there is any)to remind our people again lest they forget.

mark manning said...

Here have some more cholesterol, then sing for your supper.

Anonymous said...

This country has been thru too much. We need a PM who has the right education and understanding of the intracacies of world economy to take us out of the economic doldrums we are now in..not a no school, drunkard-shit-in-the pants gun toting idiot that makes us a lauighing stock of the world. We deserve much much better than what is being currently speculated. Our future and that of our children is very much at stake and should not be entrusted in the hands of someone who seriously lacks the attributes to lead Fiji in this moderen era. This guy is a murderer how can we make him PM. How ridiculous that would be.

Anonymous said...

Davis should ask the relevant question "Did you lie when you took over government and said no army will benefit from the coup"?

Perhaps FB is beaming with confidence knowing how he can manipulate results to go in his favor like what happened in the TV personality text voting.

Anonymous said...

true we need a more educated mind who would lead the country

Anonymous said...

frank and ag taliban should stand in the election against lq/mpc.
than they will see how many people vote them.
simple ans none.
see what happen jale baba he got 60 votes in ba open.
so frank /ag will get zero.
i am a strong fan of lq/mpc hahaha,
take the challenge frank/ag stand with lq/mpc.
than we the voters will decide.
we will make fool of you 2 idiots.
than what- another coup already planned .

Richard Pruett said...

Journalists, politicians and bloggers occasionally misrepresent U.S. policy toward Fiji, often without challenge. For example, the Graham Davis interview with Commodore Bainimarama presented as a truism the supposition that U.S. policy toward Fiji has changed. It has not.

I explained this in a signed comment to Crosbie Walsh's blog several days ago, anent the similar assertion Graham Davis earlier made in his article titled "Kevin Rudd's Pacific Neglect." If Mr. Walsh published my comment, I missed it. It might have helped to clear up some of the confusion.

For example, Mr. Davis claims that the United States severed official contacts with Fiji after the 2006 coup. That is incorrect. The 2006 coup strained, but never severed, Washington's engagement with Suva, which all along has included direct contact with the highest officials in Bainimarama's government.

In early 2007, the locus of U.S. engagement with Suva passed to the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state. In 2008, that responsibility shifted back to Embassy Suva. The United States' underlying policy of engagement, however, never changed. The Three Pillars of U.S. Policy Toward Fiji have been clearly laid out on the Embassy's website for several years.

Anyone who thinks that the United States hasn't been engaging with Fiji simply hasn't been paying attention. And if the U.S. Government is sometimes slow to correct a Graham Davis article or a blog comment, it may just be that, unlike me, the U.S. Government has more pressing business.

The United States and its regional partners all seek to engage with Fiji's regime for the purpose of helping Fiji develop and to get back on the path to democracy. Sometimes the regime has been willing to engage, and sometimes it has not. But that misses the real point. The central issue remains that for Fiji to make real progress, the regime needs to engage... with its own citizens.

Richard Pruett
Retired U.S. Foreign Service officer
Former U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Suva

Anonymous said...

@Mr Richard Pruett
Can you please drop a Daisy Cutter at Delainabua. Its like Abu Graib so please help us flatten this evil place.
Thank you in anticipation.

deputy dawg whistle said...

Richard Pruett, maybe we'd be more willing to listen to you if it wasn't so obvious that American policy has diverged so much. Can you please tell us the last time a US ambassador was in Bainimarama's office before those pictures we saw of Frankie Reed with him? Come on, a straight answer. Now we know you don't want to hang the Aussies out to dry but where's the public statement denying a change of policy? You say it's because Washington is too busy. Give us a break. We're stupid but not that stupid. Admit it. Everything's changed because of America's self interest and determination not to give the Chinese an easy break. It's prepared to sacrifice democracy to maintain its presence and influence and we've seen that everywhere in the world at various times. Fiji is no different. So now we have retired, relatively minor diplomats running US policy. When I hear it from Hilary Clinton, maybe I'll sit up and take notice. The US congressman for Samoa sure thinks there's been a change of policy. But what would he know?

Anonymous said...

This moron bainikaiyum doesnt have a power base,,,even the soldiers will not vote for him. The Findians will vote NFP and some Labour and the Fijians SDL which will be backed by the chiefs and methodists as usual.
Where does that leave the Bainikayum gang ??? either prison or they out,,,,,,,,the imbeciles must be dreaming so better for them not to hold elections.
Watch the people apologising to Voreqe liu muri him when elections come. He is a fool who doesn’t realise he is being taken for a ride by the Fijian villagers

Anonymous said...

ha!ha!ha!@The Interview....

Totally different answers to some of the question asked.
Better take some Intermidiate English Class at Kiuva District School,Maiaso....Quetioning the interviewer agagin with his answers!!!must be some deep military english.

Richard Pruett said...

Dear Mr./Ms. "Deputy Dawg Whistle," thank you for your comment. You write with a remarkable air of authority for someone who hasn't taken the trouble to check the facts first.

Before Amb. Reed's visit, Amb. McGann called on Commodore Bainimarama at least once a year. He requested other calls, including a courtesy departure call, but for whatever reason the Commodore was not available. Shortly before Amb. McGann's departure from Suva, Acting PM Sayed-Khaiyum did meet with him and, in fact, presented him with a departure gift.

That's the straight answer. Before disputing it, I suggest you check with your own government.

In fact, those calls were but a small part of a much larger and consistent engagement effort.

What evidence do you have for claiming that U.S. policy toward Fiji has changed, and why should the U.S. Government deny a change in its policy, when it is unchanged and has been clearly posted on its embassy website for years?

Far from "running U.S. policy," I'm retired and have no input whatsoever on U.S foreign policy. I am, however, speaking from personal knowledge. If you choose not to believe me and insist instead on a statement from Secretary of State Clinton before changing your views, then I'm afraid you're likely to persist in your error for a very, very long time.

Richard Pruett
Retired U.S. Foreign Service officer
Former U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Suva

Anonymous said...

To Anon 6 March @ 5.08pm. Sorry beka, you're in dream land, the common people are now more aware of lasulasu leaders and in their books its better the devil you know than the one you don't. The devil they know is Frank because he gets his hands and feet dirty goes to their level and speaks their language. Not the high falutin' wannabee chiefs of bs politicians, ex-corrupt civil servants and preachermen, whose self-righteousness distances the people from their pedestals. These are the devils the people don't know, and will therefore not receive the people's votes. Get it? In the final analysis, Frank will win!

Anonymous said...

Good on you Mr Pruett for your clarification. Our problems in Fiji are made worse by lying wannabees who either live here or have absconded overseas.

Old Swampy. said...

@ Richard Pruett.

Still maintain one R.Armitage would have been a perfect replacement...

Anonymous said...

What another pathetic picture! What another drunken picture!
It is obvious that they are really, really both DRUNK!!
Boy, they do not seem to have any class - open mouth, the fingers in the tray and not to mention the obviously drunken looks and state!
Are these the types of leaders we want for our country?
I thought Officers and Gentlemen were supposed to be just that - 24/7!!

Anonymous said...

'Yeah', 'Yes', 'No", from the Vore leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least!
The curt and rude answers speaks volumes of his insanity!! He does not elaborate on his answers. The man just has no depth and grey matter!!
maybe Sharon was instead teaching him words like "Oh..oh..oh" or 'Ah..ah..ah"

Anonymous said...

"I will win"
Pride cometh before the fall.
Too much bragging. Soon he will fall.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with the 1997 constitution; it is the people who are intending to change the constitution who are wrong.

Anonymous said...

The illegal pm sounded lost and stupid in the interview. what an embarrasment.

Anonymous said...

1997 Constitution made us vote according to our Ethinic backgounds-imagine calling people as OTHERS/GENERAL ELECTORS! Now which country in the world does that to its people-only those that think they are a special breed above everyone ELSE!In Fijian we call it 'e sega beka ni boi na demu"! "Maybe your shit shit doesn't stink ,else you wouldn't regard yourself as something special!!

Anonymous said...

This guy really needs psych help..he twitches,sips h20(sign of nervourness)rapid eye mvment,restlessness signs and some goddamn tactless answers