Today ragone, our lesson is on TRANSPARENCY.
Over the past months, how many times have we heard Frankie talk about government being transparent ?
Many times eh ragone. You are right.
And I must say the more big a deal he made about being "transparent", the more suspicious I became that he was hiding something.
So lets start with the meaning of this big word:
Dictionary.Com Says: "The full, accurate, and timely disclosure of information."
Oxford English Defines being transparent: Ignoring definitions that involve degrees of opacity to light... "Frank, open, candid, ingenuous." and "Easily seen through, recognized, understood, or detected; manifest, evident, obvious, clear." and "Obvious in structure or meaning; that can be extrapolated from surface structure; "
Wikipedia on Transparency: "
In sociology, politics, ethics, law, economics, business, management, etc., transparency is the opposite of privacy; an activity is transparent if all information about it is freely available.
Thus when courts of law admit the public, when fluctuating prices in financial markets are published in newspapers, those processes are transparent.
When military authorities classify their plans as secret, transparency is absent.
So what examples just in the last few days , have we seen ragone, of this word "transparency" being ABSENT:
1) Interim Minister of Defensiveness Ganilau revealing he can't say why Hunter got deported because it's a secret and because he was a threat to National Security (Fancy that - 6000 men with guns against the Lone 'white man' Hunter - woooooeeeeiiii)
2) Bainimarama saying he doesn't have to tell the people of this nation anything - until HE's ready. (Dou !)
3) Teletubby's Gestapo telling the Gone iTaukei and the BLV they aren't allowed to discuss issues of National importance and exchange views (directly contrary to the directive that Frank has given to the Nation that everyone must be involved in "moving the country forward". I mean - why suppress debate? The encouragement of debate would increase the chances of transparency surely ?)
4) Nacewa, the President and Baini all refusing to appear in court. (Transparency TRULY absent here as one would have thought if they had the courage of their convictions- as they keep telling everyone- they would appear in court head held high to tell us and the world about the proof they had that we heading down the 'wrong' path, and why we should bow down and believe them once and for all)
Well ragone, thank you for attending this important lesson today.
I'm sure in the coming days you will be able to fill me in on all the other examples you can think of that shows the absence of this big word from the interim authority in Fiji today. See you next week..