AS: Ok, Commodore, why couldn’t you accept the ruling from the Appeal Court that found your government illegal?
FB: Well, the Excellency has made up his mind. He has abrogated the constitution because the ruling would have forced us to go to elections, elections in the old system, which we don’t like. We don’t want to go down that path again, we don’t want an election based on communal voting.
We don’t want an election based on race. We want to move away from that. I’m sure all the Kiwis wouldn’t want to go down that path too, so and we don’t want to go down that path. If we were to accept the decision, we would have gone down that path.
Adrian, you should do me a favour and find out from the three judges how is that they came up with a 52-page judgment in 24 hours? We thought it was going to take them three weeks to sit together and come up with this judgement. I think it’s quite clear this judgement was written long before they got here. They made up their minds before they got here.
AS: Do you think you have the support of your people?
FB: I certainly have the support of the people, yes.
AS: How do you know that?
FB: Well, no one has come up and opposed it, Adrian.
AS: But there have been people who have been speaking out in the media and they have ended up being locked up.
FB: Adrian. The people who have been speaking out, I can count them on the fingers of one hand, I’m not saying there’s five of them, but there are few of them. But we have banded together on this campaign of change that we need to bring about to Fiji so that we can have a better Fiji.
AS: Isn’t opposition part of what a democratic society is all about?
FB: It is the opposition that has led to the abrogation of the constitution in Fiji, so we want to do away with that kind of opposition. We want to look forward and come up with the reforms that we are going to make.
AS: Why has the media been censored in Fiji?
FB: Well, that is exactly why.. I thought I answered that question. We really don’t want any negativity around Fiji right now. We want to move forward, take away all the opposition to the reforms that we are going to make.