I was waiting to read some reaction to mick beddoes’ opinion piece in the Fiji Sun (9/6) but saw none.
Allow me a brief comment.
I have no doubt that mick beddoes is well meaning and sincere in his believe that the motive for the two former prime ministers Chaudhary and Qarase’s new found “copearation” is on account of their commitment to a higher order value ,viz. ” the re-establishment of democracy in Fiji”. And , I think his criticism of pro- Bainimarama regime bias on the part of the Fiji Sun and its columnist Graham Davis has some validity.
Beddoes is not alone in feeling that the Fiji Sun is advancing “opinions that favour the regime”.
But I think the faith that Beddoes posits in the political character and noble intentions of the two former prime ministers and their political coupling is misplaced.
Neither of them demonstrated an abiding adherance and respect for democratic values when they were in power.
Chaudhary was an autocrat pretending to be a democrat and Qarase was an ethno-nationalist. Their anti– democratic conduct requires no elaboration here.
People who are acquainted with Fiji politics know them only too well.
I see them teaming up for one reason only : their mutual political resurrection.
One should not read this criticism of the two political old horses as support for the Bainimarama regime.
I personally think the bainimarama regime has overstayed its original game plan.
The political game tends to do that to people in power.
No elaboration is needed for this either.
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