Keen observers of politics in Fiji are intrigued by a mysterious element of the Fiji Sun/Western Force poll this week that showed a collapse in support for the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, and showed that for the first time, most Fijians expect him to lose the 2022 election. One of the questions was: "Who would you like to see as next Prime … [Read more...] about #WHO IS “OTHERS”? A POLITICAL MYSTERY
As my old Grubsheet sparring partner, Dr Marc Edge, observed in the wake of the attack on me by the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, on Sunday, "there is no such thing as bad publicity", and so it has proved to be. I would like to say that I can scarcely believe the ineptitude of the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in encouraging the PM to … [Read more...] about #YET ANOTHER SELF INFLICTED KHAIYUM DISASTER
True to form, the Fiji Sun has tried to please its political masters in government by burying the latest results of the Fiji Sun/Western Force research poll published in today's edition of the paper. It leads with the relatively unremarkable news that the Fiji Labour Party has "leapfrogged the smaller parties to secure third place after FijiFirst … [Read more...] about #THE BEGINNING OF THE END?
Stung by successive Grubsheet articles revealing how the military wants changes to the government and also revealing the name of his designated successor, Frank Bainimarama has made an astonishing personal attack on me on the front page of the government-controlled Fiji Sun newspaper and on the government-controlled Fijian Broadcasting Corporation. … [Read more...] about # FRANK BAINIMARAMA “SLAMS” GRAHAM DAVIS
This is a story that will be read with intense interest in Fiji, not only by the Fijian people but foreign diplomats and development partners, who will finally get an answer to one of the most frequently-asked questions about the country’s future direction - who will replace Frank Bainimarama as Prime Minister when he eventually chooses … [Read more...] about #THE SUCCESSION: FRANK NAMES HIS CHOICE
It will obviously be critical when Fiji's borders re-open that intending visitors are confident that the country has adopted international best practice when it comes to dealing with the Covid-19 threat. Which makes it all the more perplexing that the country's leadership is so demonstrably failing to set an example to the nation, especially in … [Read more...] about #SETTING AN EXAMPLE IN THE COVID ERA