Times, April 13, 2005
I wonder if the magistrate overseeing Mr McCoskar’s
case considered the message he might be sending to all other visitors to Fiji
when he said: “If you wanted to have fun you should have stayed in
He obviously doesn’t appreciate the value of the (pink)
tourist dollar in his own country.
I’m not suggesting that Mr McCoskar’s behaviour was
I just object to the magistrate’s manner and language
used to describe his opinion of the activities engaged by the two men.
People committing acts of violence or murder against
other living creatures are far more disgusting than any act of love or passion
between two men.
Besides, if we were all breeding, just imagine how
over-populated this God-forsaken planet would already be.
If there was as much concern about the damage we are all
doing to the environment as there is about people’s love-lives, maybe we
could be worrying less about the kind of world our future generations will be
trying to survive in. When was the last time a person went to jail for
littering or killing a native animal?
When was the last time a company was fined for similar
Where are the priorities?
If you want the tourists to continue to come, you need to
make us feel that we will be safe, treated with respect (regardless of
We should also be free to enjoy holidaying in a clean,
beautiful and hospitable environment inhabited by warm, friendly citizens,
rather than the bigoted and aggressive people we are seeing in our news
reports in recent years.
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