Oct 10, 2008

Bugger the people - Bugger the Constitution


Friday, October 10, 2008

Fiji: the judgement

The judgement in Qarase and Others v Bainimarama and Others is online on Fiji Times website. The short version:

  • The President can do whatever he likes in an emergency, and bugger the Constitution;
  • Whether there is or isn't an emergency is entirely up to the President;
  • These questions are completely unreviewable.

Which taken together, means that any group of thugs, uniformed or not, can create an emergency in their own minds from paranoid ravings about the threat of an Australian invasion (yes, seriously), overthrow the elected government, then hold a gun to the President's head and get him to ratify their actions and install them as effective government "to preserve civil peace". And they're not usurpers by doing so, because they can hide behind the beard of "legitimate Presidential rule".

I think that speaks for itself about the state of Fiji's courts - and its democracy.

Reproduced from Idiot/Savant's webblog


Anonymous said...

Hear hear.

I was watching the TV and the crowd turnout was absolutely pathetic. The "crowd" was made up of @ 300 soldiers .... perhaps 200 of their family members ... a couple hundred school children bused in to add the "cutesy" these to the parade, and a smattering of civil servant rent-a-crowd .....

Who is the iG trying to kid ? It was like they were having their own private party (with their own private parts) whilst the rest of the people ... all 870,000 of us stayed away in protest !

Anonymous said...

I hear that injustice gates and hairyarse like playing with the privates.

Discombobulated Bubu said...

@ExFT ..... well bugger me !


Anonymous said...

No offense, bubu, but no thanks.

That is not really me.