I watched Close Up program on Sunday, May 6 and thought that former prime minister Laisenia Qarase was defensive when asked some relevant questions by the show's host, Netani Rika.
In one instance, he could have just said that former minister for youth and sports Rajesh Singh had been terminated because he did not tow the line.
What's so hard in that?
If the Qarase government had been performing as expected there wouldn't have been a coup.
Now it has become very expensive for everyone.
At the end of the day (when investigations are completed by the clean-up campaign and the coup justified) I hope someone from the former government will be brave enough to stand up and say "I'm sorry'' to the people of Fiji.
For my part, I think the first three paragraphs in Lockington's letter are fair comment. I watched Close Up too and was also disappointed at the way LQ evaded the question of why Rajesh Singh was terminated.
LQ's answer that it was "no longer relevant" is not very reassuring.
The people of Fiji generally don't like to be treated like idiots.
Its the same kind of answer Lewensky gives when explaining yet another extension to the Public Emergency Decree - "Its not for public consumption".
Lockington is right, we have a right to know.
I voted for LQ and I expect my government to be more transparent than that.
But Lockington is very wrong when he blames 5/12 on the perceived substandard performance of the SDL government.
Democracy is about changing the governments you are not happy with by "voting" them out, not by force of arms.
I would have thought Lockington of all people would have appreciated that point.
Finally, Lockington's comments on the justification of the coup and clean-up campaign are just plain (for lack of a better word) stupid.
LQ and his government were put there by majority vote of the people of Fiji.
The government of day does not therefore need to "apologise" to the minority for carrying out the election promises they made to the majority that voted them into power.
That's Politics101 for you.
Lockington's comments show a personal hatred of SDL and LQ that goes well beyond the want of an explanation for the sacking of a man who probably deserved everything he got.
His comments are laced with so much bitterness that he has inadvertently crossed over from the realm of coup-apologists into the realm of coup-supporters.
I will not now be surprised if Lockington is illegally appointed to some Board.