SPICED UP: IN 2017, FIJIFIRST PARTY raised $1,552,469 and the LAST donor was MARC McElrath, the owner and operator of McDonalds Fiji. But in list of donors, FFP spiced up his name as 'Marc Mcelrath Mcdonal'
POLLS APART: Graham Davis, 'In an “analysis” piece that reeks of the customary Fiji Sun spin - some of it directed against Grubsheet – white haired Rewa sage Delaibatiki, downplays the significance of poll result"
"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 and SODELPA” when the truly big news is the collapse of the government’s vote, along with a 10 per cent fall in personal support for the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama...Your paper receives money in the form of exclusive government advertising and in return, has surrendered control of its editorial pages to the AG. It’s an arrangement kept from Fiji Sun readers while the paper trumpets the quality of its “journalism”. That, Nemani, is corruption and a breach of even the most basic journalistic ethics. And you and your fellow “journalists” should hang your heads in shame." - Graham Davis, Grubsheet Feejee, 21 September 2020
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 and SODELPA” when the truly big news is the collapse of the government’s vote, along with a 10 per cent fall in personal support for the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.
In an “analysis” piece that reeks of the customary Fiji Sun spin – some of it directed against Grubsheet – the white haired Rewa sage and sometime New Zealand resident, Nemani Delaibatiki, attempts to play down the significance of the poll result. But the numbers speak for themselves and even he is obliged to acknowledge them.
“SODELPA is the other big performer. It has for the first time overtaken FijiFirst in responses to the question: “Who do you think will win the (2022) election?” It has polled 41 per cent to FijiFirst’s 37 per cent”.
“The economic crisis backlash also continues to have a detrimental impact on Voreqe Bainimarama’s standing in the preference for Prime Minister stakes. He has dropped from 43 per cent to 33. It correlates in the movement in the party ratings. This is the lowest he has polled in Fiji Sun opinion surveys since the return to elections”.
“SODELPA caretaker party leader and opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka has been the beneficiary of the swing in opinion. He has jumped from 18 per cent to 27 per cent”.
So a ten per cent fall in support for the Prime Minister to his lowest ever number and a nine per cent increase in support for his opponent, Sitiveni Rabuka. Plus a four per cent lead for SODELPA over FijiFirst when voters are asked to pick the likely outcome of the 2022 election result. All buried in the body of the story on page 2.
So who is to blame for all this unpopularity? Well partly me, apparently. Because this is the extraordinary “analysis” by Nemani Delaibatiki of why the government is now in a losing position and the Prime Minister’s support has collapsed.
“This is predictable at the moment given the economic impact of the pandemic and the constant strident negativity promoted by anti-Government media elements and social media keyboard warriors.
FijiFirst, like governments in many parts of the world, is being hit by the economic impact of the global pandemic. This despite the proactive initiatives quickly rolled out by the FijiFirst Government to address the economic pain. People are still blaming Government for the job losses and the hardship many businesses and families are going through.
But the Prime Minister’s decisive comments in yesterday’s Fiji Sun directly address some of the negativity, especially his description of Australian blogger Graham Davis. Mr Davis and his anti-government followers made much of his supposed inside knowledge. This from a spell working in Fiji for the American public relations firm Qorvis, which does work for the government.
The PM makes it clear Mr Davis was neither a significant player nor an insider, and was prone to making drama when there was none. He was also scornful of the Davis claims about leadership and divisions within FijiFirst."
Yes, Nemani. Anything you say. Correction. Anything the Prime Minister and his Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, tell you to say. Despite the fact that I am Fiji born and a Fijian citizen, I’m an Australian blogger, as if this somehow makes me less qualified than you to make pronouncements on events in Fiji when you are a New Zealand citizen having worked for many years in NZ until you were brought back to play for the pipers who call your current tune.
Not once in his statement about me did Frank Bainimarama deny a single thing I have written in the past few weeks. Not one. Ergo, they are the facts. The truth. The Military Council has asked for changes to be made to the government, including the removal of the AG. The cabinet is divided, largely along ethnic lines. And the Prime Minister has also told the Military Council that his choice to succeed him is Inia Seruiratu.
You know all this, Nemani. It’s just that you are not a journalist but a government propagandist. And the difference between you and me is this: When I was at Qorvis, everyone knew it. But with you, it’s clandestine – the dirtiest secret in the Fijian media.
Your paper receives money in the form of exclusive government advertising and in return, has surrendered control of its editorial pages to the AG. It’s an arrangement kept from Fiji Sun readers while the paper trumpets the quality of its “journalism”. That, Nemani, is corruption and a breach of even the most basic journalistic ethics. And you and your fellow “journalists” should hang your heads in shame.
PEARLFISH DONATIONS TO FIJIFIRST PARTY: Justin Hunter, Savusavu Special Administrator and founder of pearl farming in Fiji, his wife, and Grahame Southwick, CEO, Fiji Fish Marketing donated TOTAL: $18,500
On 9 September 2014, Grahame Southwick, the CEO, Fiji Fish Marketing Group Ltd donated to the FijiFirst Party Head Office $10,000 (Receipt No 1041) and Justin Hunter, founder of J. Hunter Pearls Fiji, donated $1,000 on 10 September 2014 (Receipt No 812). Four years later, Justin and Leanne Hunter jointly donated $10,000 on 9 November 2018. No receipt number is listed for this donation. We must add a cautionary note: FFP have, for reasons best known to them, recorded the receving dates and years in British and English styles interchangeably: 6/11/2014 or 6/15/2014. The above donations are legal under the donation decree.
7 fishing companies to receive the $3.2M Tuna Support Fund, FijiVillage, 7 October 2017
Fijileaks Founding Editor-in-Chief: In 2008, my deep throats inside FIRCA had dumped on me scores of tax files belonging to Interim Cabinet Ministers, former politicians, individuals, companies, lawyers and businessmen; not to mention the tax file of Frank Bainimarama's Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry who was also line Minister for FIRCA. Among the heaps of files was one relating to an investigation on JOSEVA NAMISI LEANO, FIRCA's then Acting General Manager, Risk and Compliance. When I exposed Chaudhry's $2million that he was hiding in an Australian bank account, FIRCA issued a press release on 24 February 2008 stating that Leano had been dismissed for misconduct and abuse of office. The press release went on to state as follows: "The Authority is unable to divulge the facts of the various allegations made against Mr. Leano because they involve other taxpayers affairs." The next day, on 25 February 2008, Fiji Sun's then publisher Russell Hunter was abducted from his home, detained overnight by the military, and deported out of Fiji- to prevent us from exposing other tax dodgers and fraudsters based on their own tax files. The Investigation Report on Leano was concluded in 2007. I never came around to revealing its contents but when I saw Grahame Southwick's photo with Aiyaz Khaiyum and a story on the Tuna Support Fund, my photographic memory jolted me to dig up the 'Leano File involving Leano, the Southwick Family, and Nur Bano Ali's BDO firm. After a lengthy consideration, we have decided to withhold the findings until we have obtained comments from Grahame Southwick and Nur Bano Ali on FIRCA's Report regarding Leano and the Southwick Family. In passing, both Nur and her husband are also listed as DONORS to FFP. We will deal with them when we come to the Indo-Fijian donors.
TRUMPIAN OUTBURST: Bainimarama attacks his former Spin Doctor Graham Davis: "I don't know why he's dealing in gossip these days but I also remember even in the best of times he seemed to find drama. And.."
"If he (Davis) couldn't find it, he would make it up' - Frank Bainimarama
In his press statement, he told us: 'If you've read our Constitution, you know Fiji is a Democracy.'