Frank Bainimarama cannot have a formal meeting with anyone of consequence without it being fully scripted for him, which is why his iPad or a set of notes comes between him and anyone who sits down with him, as in these pictures from COP26. It is the way in which Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum maintains total control over the Prime Minister. Because … [Read more...] about # THE VENTRILOQUIST AND HIS DUMMY
When solemn promises before God are broken, a nation grieves for its future. "I, Jioji Konousi Konrote, swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Fiji, and that I will obey, observe , uphold and maintain the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji and all other laws of Fiji... So help me, God! " "I, Kamal … [Read more...] about # THE RULE OF LAW CRUMBLES
BREAKING NEWS: Confirmation that the outgoing President, Jioji Konrote, sacked the Solicitor General, Sharvada Sharma, on Wednesday in contravention of the 2013 Constitution stipulation that any dismissal be on the basis of a recommendation from the Judicial Services Commission after a tribunal hearing into any allegation of "misbehaviour". It … [Read more...] about # CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS ERUPTS FIJI
The flamboyant British aristocrat and MP, Lord Alan Clark, gained notoriety for admitting during a court case in the 1980s that he had been "economical with the actualité “. It was a fancy way of saying he had lied. And the admission caused the collapse of the trial and triggered an inquiry that undermined the government of … [Read more...] about # WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?
What do you do when the other small island nations don't recognise your brilliance and won't go along with your suggestions? Well, when you are Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, you call up your brother, Riyaz's, network ( their FBC, not yours), and instruct it to express your displeasure. FBC News reports that the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island … [Read more...] about # OOPS. THE AG’S SETBACK AT COP26
The strut has gone out of Mohammed Saneem as he comes under increasing attack over his heavy-handed conduct towards the political parties ("Too Much Power", says today's Fiji Times), the humiliation of his failed court case to unseat the SODELPA MP, Niko Nawaikula, and his secret complaint to the Judicial Services Commission that has seen Saneem … [Read more...] about # SOE’S SLIPPERY SLOPE