Give hon­our where it’s due

Fiji Sun - - Comments - Ame­natave Ya­con­isau, De­lainavesi

I agree with Yu­dah Wakolo’s let­ter on the above topic (FS 25/8) that Ben Ryan ‘de­serves to be knighted by the Queen of Eng­land’ maybe for mas­ter­mind­ing the fall of the Great Bri­tain Team. He has done so many mighty things for Fiji 7s and def­i­nitely he is a very pop­u­lar gen­tle­man amongst our midst. Someone said that rugby was in­vented in Bri­tain. There could not be a stronger ev­i­dence than the 7s fi­nal in Rio in­clud­ing the medal cer­e­mony. Even South Africa the Bronze medal­list has some British touch. I agree with him that we owe it to the British for our civil­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing health, ed­u­ca­tion and even religion that jus­ti­fies the point­ing up ges­ture. Make no mis­take, the British will be al­ways be our friends as the PM said, but it must not be painted that we have shunned the British crown in our re­cent re­la­tions.

In fact it has got­ten bet­ter with more of our boys re­cruited into the British Army. Dur­ing the World War II the British Naval in­dus­try named mid-size frigates ‘Fiji Class’ and one even named HMS Fiji, but was sunk by Ger­man Focke-Wulf fight­ers dur­ing the Battle for Crete. But we are also an in­de­pen­dent sov­er­eign na­tion and we have ev­ery right to do our own thing within in­ter­na­tional laws in an hege­monis­tic man­ner with­out apol­o­gis­ing for our acts. We must move away from this type of post­colo­nial sub­mis­sion and de­pen­dence at any cost. Such at­ti­tudes will only res­ur­rect old class sys­tem and en­slave­ment

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