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A Political Party Isn’t A Bastion Of Open Democracy – Reply To Eran Wickramaratne

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“The fundamental fact is that in a given political party all members aren’t equal.”

Demand for Open Vote

Minister Eran Wickramaratne, the other day bemoaned that his own party, the United National Party lacks democracy in its internal operations. This theme is doubtless going to be repeated by the Sajith Premadasa faction while pursuing its various gyrations and gymnastics to seek nomination for President from the Grand Old Party. The leader would be slandered direct and by innuendo by Sajith backers and the lack of democracy would be the main line of criticism. Assuming they have majority power, the Sajith faction, to which  Eran also presumably belongs, now demands an open vote among the parliamentary group and the Working Committee to decide the candidate. On the face of it, that sounds reasonable. The practical situation on ground is, however different from theoretical considerations.

Demolishing the Theoretical Justification

In this piece, I shall endeavour to demolish the theoretical justification for equality, and therefore, for an equal vote on this issue.

The fundamental fact is that in a given political party all members aren’t equal. A vote for a critical decision like this cannot be the mechanism used to name a candidate. 

Take any party and tell me if all members are equal- in Sri Lanka or anywhere else in the world. Every party wittingly or unwittingly develops a leadership caucus, whcih may be inside the formal institutions of that party or outside. These few numbers outnumber others. In the case of Mahinda Rajapakse, it is the family. Can you blame Mahinda for that? No. because Mahinda is the author of his party. He and the caucus of his family navigated the party into government and while in government. Most others were mainly ‘also rans,’ or bread recipients in  the race headed by Mahinda. Mahinda used both legitimate and illegitimate influence to keep his side winning. He and his caucus carried the great risks that follow in defeat. Most of that caucus have now been indicted in court and they are trying their best to play hide and seek with justice. 

In such circumstance, how can another MP like SB Dissnayake or Gammanpila or Shantha Bandara enjoy equal status with Mahinda’s decison-making vote? Sounds senseless isn’t it?

United National Party

The same line of argument applies to the UNP leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe and his caucus-whoever that may be. The leader went through a hard time through over 20 years in Opposition and through the Rajapakse regime era to keep fighting to save the UNP. In an era of white vans, the close caucus had to take dangerous risks. Seventeen of Ranil’s ministers switched over to Mahinda for portfolios. The euphemism is that these persons had gone to ‘strengthen the hand of Mahinda during the war.’ Some of them went over shamefully alleging that ‘the leader wasn’t good.’ Johnston Fernando was one. Twice during this dark era, Ranil Wickremesinghe was challenged for leadership by Sajith Premadasa and Karu Jayasuriya. Ranil went through all these roadblocks. During the dark period, the UNP didn’t have funds flowing to its treasury. Business sides only the winner and Ranil wasn’t one. Until he did become one.

Keep Power

It is not only to win power. The leader had the challenging and creative task to keep and sustain power through the weird decisions of the President  himself and the selfish interests of the factions.

 Ranil Wickremesinghe’s handling of President Sirisena deserves our highest plaudit. He seems able to manage him so deftly and to go ahead with the government’s program at the same time. Had he adopted Bull-in-the China Shop tactics during the infamous 52 days, that would have been blunder after another. No, it was his innate emotional management skills that got Ranil Wickremesinghe on top of the situation. There are those who say Ranil Wickremesinghe lacks a spine or ‘pitakonda.  The assumption of such accusation is that a leader should employ muscle strength to get over a crisis. The UNP leader is not the muscle type but the brainy type.  One doesn’t need to waste one’s muscle when one can, more effectively, use one’s brain. This is the theme of the late Somalatha Subasinghe’s play,”Thoppi Welenda.

Over to Eran

Now tell me, Eran, is your vote equal to Ranil Wickremesinghe’s or to any other of Ranil’s caucus who stood by him through thick and thin? You were not even elected, if I am right. You, Mallik, Harsha De Silva and some others got into the party elite via nomination by the leader. How many of the other parliamentarians can claim they went through the same arduous struggle to win power? I can identify persons like Rajitha Senaratne who precisely shared the sweat and risk of the struggle of competing with the Rajapaksa regime that had been known to be brutal. It is good to make a list. 

Nominated MPs

Nominated MPs should be low down in such a list since they did not even have the task of spending large sums of money and wooing voters for power. Were it not for the leader, these gentlemen would  have been sulking in their old positions in society

Robert Michels and The Iron Law of Oligarchy

The theoretical claim for equality among members is, therefore, false. It follows that the wisdom of  a great researcher in political theory who wrote his classic’ Political Parties,’ was dead right even during his time in 1911. That man’s name was  Robert Michels-a British sociologist. Michel’sbook is a classic even to this day. He pointed out with evidence that there is ‘an iron law of oligarchy,’ that drives the behaviour of political parties-wherever. 

I cite the following summary of the argument presented by Michels:

“According to Michels, all organisations eventually come to be run by a ‘leadership class’, who often function as paid administrators, executives, spokespersons or political strategists for the organization. Far from being “servants of the masses,” Michels argues this “leadership class,” rather than the organization’s membership, will inevitably grow to dominate the organisation power structures. By controlling who has access to information, those in power can centralise their power successfully, often with little accountability, due to the apathy, indifference and non-participation most rank and file members have in relation to their organisation’s decision-making processes. Michels argues that democratic attempts to hold leadership positions accountable are prone to fail, since with power comes the ability to reward loyalty, the ability to control information about the organisation, and the ability to control what procedures the organisation follows when making decisions. All of these mechanisms can be used to strongly influence the outcome of any decisions made ‘democratically’ by members.

Michels stated that the official goal of representative democracy of eliminating elite rule was impossible, that representative democracy is a facade legitimising the rule of a particular elite, and that elite rule, which he refers to as oligarchy, is inevitable.”

It asserts that rule by an elite, or oligarchy is inevitable as an “iron law” within any democratic organisation as part of the “tactical and technical necessities” of organization.

Further, Michels’s theory states that “all complex organizations, regardless of how democratic they are when started, eventually develop into oligarchies. Michels observed that since no sufficiently large and complex organisation can function purely as a direct democracy, power within an organisation will always get delegated to individuals within that group, elected or otherwise.”

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  • 16
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    Ranil is a fox like his uncle. He does not deserve to be UNP leaders, With CB issue, he must have resigned and I think Sajth is better than any one.. Why? because, Ranil failed many times ..Do you want him to fail one more time.. Only Sajith or Karu could win over Goata.. why this? because Sajith has his vote bank among Sinhalese. Ranil is a racist he does not want to give leadership to Sajith. why is it? all Sri lankans know that..

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      Shimone: What bunk is here?1
      One man, one vote is what democracy is all about, but USAID and fake advisors for ‘democracy strengthening ‘ projects with jaunts for politicians to Washington has turned the Sri Lanka parliament into a Cesspit of corruption to push SOFA and MCC military base land grab project. USAID and Prasad Kariyawasam’s predecessor promoted the idea that “Parliamentary Privilege” means corruption with impunity! US AID to parliament and Courts for Justice sector has turned the SL judiciary almost into another cesspit of corruption.
      US puppet Bondscam Ranil should be impeached for letting his pay masters stage the Easter Sunday carnage in order to justify turning Sri Lanka into a US military base on the pre-text of fighing IS terrorism.
      US is the biggest Rogue State in the world, weaponizing religion to hide its Economic Terrorism and US puppet Bondscam Ranil is a partner in the Easter Sunday Carnage. Of course, US citizen Gota and white van Avant Guard man and his bothers who asset stripped the SL Navy to set up a gun running US franchize Avant Guard Surveillance in Sri Lanka needs to share the same Prison cell with Bond Ranil.

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      Ranil abysmally fails on many fronts but mostly because he has failed to ensure that justice is done by the people for all time.. He colludes with dark forces and doesnt stand up for what is evil when he must. He lives by the decree that politics is “the art of the possible” – meaning, anything goes If that is what politics is, then better we do without politics.

      Mostly, he doesnt know when to leave the stage when not needed. He waits to be shoved out. He has let down a great many decent men and women who pinned their hopes on him as their last frontier. THey have all been fooled.

      Animals without backbone are reptiles. Brains without backbones are good for nothing. We dont need cunning; we need straight forward, clearly spoken, honest men as our leaders who will not compromise on their stand. Shyamon has once more regrettably lowered our esteem of him through his blind belief that Ranil is the messiah.

      He damn well isnt.

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        Sorry, what i meant to say was ” …he colludes with dark forces and doesnt stand up AGAINST what is evil when he must”.

        The error is regretted.

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    Shymon,
    I agree that political party is not not bastion of open democracy but I do not accept that Ranil has the power and commitment to run the country successfully (economically and politically). Ranil got the opportunity to come to power not because of his leadership strength but because of the dictatorship of Mahinda and the hard work of Sobitha thero, Chandrika and Tamil and Muslim politicians.

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    Wow! This writer is brain dead.

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      I agree but only partly. Shyamon is wrong to suggest that a few or even one has the right make fateful decision of a party just b’cos they have more rights than others. Such is the situation in dictatorships; not in democracies. In true democracies, the decision making is broken into two different stages. First is selecting candidates (=potential leaders to govern country) and the second is allowing elected leaders to run the country. These two stages inter related by the performance.

      To win at the first stage, candidate must prove to posses a winning strategy and excellent leadership qualities. In a situation Shyamon is prescribing, there is no way Obama or even Trump becoming presidential candidate. Only the openness of competition made it possible. It is true that candidates with proven track record has an advantage but that has very little to do with special hierarchical position. Therefore, it is clear that Shyamons theory fails as a general rule.

      MaRa & his family has a big say in decision making in SLPP b’cos MaRa has won the perception about his leadership potentials. Inability of Ranil to play a similar political role in UNP may stand as an indirect advantage for him as well. I think that the last local election results exposed very well the difference between the two; Ranil tried to put economic recovery first knowing very well that the party would lose as a result, but MaRa never would have taken such a politically disastrous path no matter what happened to the country. Instead he would have done everything in his power to win at any cost. That is how he won in 2005 (by bribing Prabhakaran) and then sold war victory to win local election held almost annually at huge cost to the tax payers.

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        continued…..
        In other words, Ranil’s reluctance amass a political capital at the expense of national interests has brought misfortunes to the party’s political success not this time but last time as well (2005). Even though his dedication to rebuild the country’s economy even at a political costs should be highly praised, that is not the greedy media & the impatient voters see it. Elections for media is like candy for children. But, annual elections are a huge burden for the treasury & for the taxpayers.

        That is one of the main reason why media hate Ranil. His no-nonsense attitudes also doesn’t fair well with the grass-root. That is why Ranil doesn’t make an appealing candidate in a national contest without a favorable euphoria. Therefore, the better strategy for UNP is to offer the ticket to a winning candidate while looking for a way to use Ranil’s experience & expertise to solve national problems. If UNP can win the presidency, Ranil will still be the PM for another full year. He certainly will be elected in 2020 and could potentially keep the job for another five yrs. I think that that should be UNP’s choice at this moment unless Welgama decide to contest against GoRa.

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    Shyamon,

    All what you say is true ………… and then some.

    But Ranil is unelectable ………. for Pete’s sake man he is not even in a position to say he is contesting …….. this was the case in the previous 2 presidential elections as well ……. he had to step aside because he was sure to lose.

    Has the UNP ever been in a situation like that? Has any political party been in a situation like that anywhere in the world?


    Sajith or Fonseka are the only people with even a faint chance of defeating the Rajapakse juggernaut.

    I hate Sajith but compared to the Rajapakses he is the lesser evil.

    This is not Sajith or Ranil …….. but saving the country from the Rajapakses. …….. Basil is planning a decades-long dynasty ……. they won’t make the same mistakes twice.

    Only people with acute suicidal tendencies will ask for Ranil !

    Having said all that I too believe Ranil is the best president we never had.

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      Nimal,
      On this point, I have to agree with you.

      As I mentioned before, Ranil has two weaknesses: 1. Lack of charisma; and 2. His belief in the need to putting country first while leaving politics for election times. Even though this should be the ideal way all politicians should behave, voters usually reject “bitter medicine” making it difficult for political comeback in short election cycle. The failed concept of National Gvt , despite some achievements on democratic front, made things worse for UNP.

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      nimal, since you hate Sajith, why not put your incredible writing talents to use to promote two things:
      .
      Firstly, educate people about the system of Preferential Voting. The benefits may accrue only in 2024.
      .
      Secondly, why not promote Nagananda as best deserving of our FIRST PREFERENCE. Sajith to be given only the THIRD.
      .
      I’ve been pushing both ideas to such an extent it may be getting to be a joke; but I’m tired, and a local problem keeps me busy. Come Sunday, and I may be telling you about it.
      .
      It would be nice to have your response to “Nagananda”.

  • 9
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    Eran was elected last time so was Harsha

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      Harsha and Eran were brought in by Ranil originally on the National List.
      They contested subsequently , in 2015. Harsha got the 3rd number of votes and Eran got 8th number of votes.

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    you are nothing but a stooge of ranil finding excuses for him
    a colombian cannot get the rural vote and you cannot win without it
    going to kollur kovil while calling himself a theravada buddhist
    you cannot fool all the people all the time

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    “The UNP leader is not the muscle type but the brainy type.” Haha! Ranil has neither muscles, backbone nor brain. He cannot even organize and supervise a child’s birthday party.

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    I think this writer has no clue about the ground reality. UNP used to be a grand old party but not any more thanks to Ranil.

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    Shyamon,

    You have taken this topic totally out of context from what Eran said. Ranils leadership in the past 27 years as plunged the party to its lowest ever. Once the party with the highest voter base even with 7 seats which prompted JR to change the constitution. Where is the party today in shambles. Ranil has been a selfish dictatorial arrogant, power corrupt politician who has put self ahead everything else. He couldn’t care a damn for the people, he doesn’t care about the party, its supporters its MP’s except a few lackeys like Akila, Sagala, Ravi K Vajira, Lakshman. They are a sick lot to say the least. He suvived the 52 day odeal only because his party put their whole weight behind him & protected him. How many times has he in a crisis agree to party reforms & sweep them under the carpet once the heat is off. A leader has to give leadership through example without fear or favour, harness the talented, guide them to be leaders without having personal agendas. Today’s crisis in the party is because of his stubborn arrogant selfish motives. Eran’s statement is a compromise to resolve the crisis with least possible damage to the party. I have read soemof your articles with great enthusiasm but this one is sadly rubbish.

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    It is a complex issue. SP should not contest at this juncture. He should watch what is happening and adjust his base. RW has a weakness to accommodate viruses into his underwear so that he would protected during hibernation. GR & BR are desperate to get controls because their noose is threatening. The citizens are left only with electing a newcomer……..

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    ”…..The fundamental fact is that in a given political party all members aren’t equal…”
    This is certainly applicable to SL political parties. The SLFP was a Bandaranayaka legacy, the Bandaranayakas calling the shots until MR took over, & he in turn formed his own breakaway party where he is the kingmaker. The Senanayaka legacy was the UNP but Dudley had no heir, so JR took over & left his legacy to Ranil. If Premadasa jnr takes over now, the UNP will be a Premadasa legacy & no doubt, there will be bum suckers queuing up in support of Premadasa jnr for their own future prosperity. Apart from which, among the high ranking party members in general, some have more clout than others because they control the purse or know where the bodies are buried. A good example is Ravi K. Ranil must be eternally grateful for Ravi financing the party during the difficult times when many of so called loyalists crossed over to allegedly ‘support’ MR in the crucial phase of the war against the LTTE., so much so, Ranil, wittingly or unwittingly, had to bow down & support opportunist scammers to the extent of losing his own unblemished record.
    In UK, the underdog, Boris Johnson, was elected by the majority white middle class ‘toffs’ of the Tory party, solely on the fact that he promised to leave Europe, with or without a deal. Boris was not elected by the people but since Theresa May (an ambitious woman who overestimated her self as a Margret Thatcher dealing with tame EU bureaucrats) had to step down under pressure as PM when she could not strike a ‘deal’ with the EU, was nominated by the party as the leader to take over from May as reigning PM.

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    What “Democracy” to talk with “Eran & Co.” (that includes Dr. Harsha) the so called “intellectuals” whom we thought would bring in changes to the whole “Dictatorial” set up of the UNP, ? We saw how they acted in the “Bond Scam” episode. Din’t they know that all the “Big Capped” including the PM were “Guilty” of that “CRIME”. Even in the most recent disaster of “Easter Massacre” they knew in their heart that the Government of the day – that of UNP neglected and FAILED to provide security to the innocent people. Did this man “Erand” his colleagues to say the least tendered an “APOLOGY” ? What they did was to act like “SLAVES” to a corrupt Leadership. That same behaviour will continue even if they succeed in getting “Sajith”. But they will not succeed, because already the “Master Crook” (RANIL)has set the ball rolling and all of them will have to bow down and say “YES SIR”

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    At one time, Shyamon Jayasinghe was crying out loud about the Hitler with Rajapakses. But, you did not explain why UNP is behaving like NAZIs. or Hitler and Goebbels.
    National List MPs are a force to reckon with, Because, my guess is they all are nominated from foreign Embassies. So, govts have to include them in the govt. I heard several Presidential hopefuls or contenders want to be that way because their handlers ask them. Some may be bargaining to be included in the future Rajapakse govt. Maithripala suspects so.

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    Hi Shyamon,[Edited out], when they wanted the new leader for the British Conservative party, they had an election, all the party rank and fill voted, and that’s how Boris Johnson became the leader of the party and the PM of UK. When former PM Najib of Malaysia lost the election, he resigned as the leader of his party, and 400000 members of his party throughout Malaysia voted to elect the new party leader Zahid Hamidi. So these are good examples for democracy. What your Pig headed Ranil is doing is to become the leader by under hands methods, he packed the decision making bodies of UNP with his henchmen, and trying to play games. Man the baton has to change, his time is over. and it’s time for him to go for he ruined the party and country too. From the time of President DB. Wijaytunge the UNP was in a miserable situation, Ranil really never won a major election. Even the present government is not 100% UNP but an achaaru. At the on set after Presidential election, Sirisena was in his pocket, instead of making use of that good opportunity to work for the good of the party and country, he messed it up by treating him like his doormat. Even during the 51 days coup, he wanted to pack and go off from the Temple trees but people like Rajitha, Chamika, Mangala, Ajith Perera, Mujibur Rahman etc along with their supporters kept him there until the Apex Court ordered to restore everything back. Ranil is least bothered about the people or the country but only about him and his bumb sucking boot lickers. We too UNPers, know the pain and miseries, we underwent to bring this government. If the Rajapakse’s win, that’s the end of UNP. and wouldn’t be able to get back to power in another halfer century, and sure they would finish off what’s left in the country.

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      Ranil has failed the country and its people. What is left is UNP. He and his Right Royal friends are hell bent on gifting power to the Rajapakses to save their positions, even as an emasculated opposition party members, without handing over the leadership to the next generation.

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    Needs of organization structures differ. In Business we know the COOP as the only democratic organization and that is why not popular in West because it is impossible to do effective competitive business management with Democratic organization. Other than that many types of friends’ club organization follow this pattern. If so they are good chance being NGOs too. An honest constitutional Government should be democratic. A democratic government’s political parties should be democratic organization. There is no point in Communist governments or Monarchy rulers having constitution. British government, evolved from monarchy, pay less care to write down the constitution. American Government is the first one made constitution requirement as very important to rule. It was that constitution made it to grow from 13 states to 51 states.

    Modern day’s democracy is not Greece’s one, where people thought everybody should be ruling at the same time. This is representative democracy. That mean a representative growing up to higher position should have face democratic change in every stage of his growth, to he become the true selection of the people. If Buddha and Allah appoint one for each of them, two candidates, people did not have real opportunity to elect whom they wanted. Further not every citizen had equal opportunity to become as president.

    In America party elections (Primaries) are government by election laws. So the primary elections go under rigid democratic election laws. The only practical difference I know between primary and main election is in primary, every voter and candidate are only from that part. Lawyers may be able to explain if there is any legal differences are there. Parties cannot simply appoint siblings, wives, girls’ friends, children, cousins….. They have to compete in the primary with the same party’s candidates and should establish their acceptability. The Democratic Party’s primary is major subject on media. This how US create availability of choice for people. This is not the case in Lankawe. That is why Lankawe has been always Kleptocracy, not people’s democracy.

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    Ranil came to power because of his uncle and father. Old Royals are there only for the same reason. Same case is with Vaalaiththodam Jr, CBK, Kumar………(So far this not so acute within Muslims parties) Almost about 25 %( Not a published statistic) of all MPs have brother or father or son is/was politics. Though they are only 25% but the Parties controls are almost 90% in their hand. A large crowd like 55% of in the parliament is not 10th completed. These are dishwashers, toilet cleaners, gardeners, kitchen helpers, home office secretaries……….. of the first 25%,
    US have two party government, unlike Lankawe (Lankawe has more than 150 parties). People have complains about both parties, yet nobody may entertain a third party gaining prominence. The reason is their problem with the parties’ policies rather than the candidate they are supplying to people to select. Twenty Five candidates for people to select in(in Democratic Party’s) primary are too many even for politically matured American. But Lankaweyans don’t get choices even from the 150 parties. Lankaweyans feels if they don’t have SLFP their only choice UNP and the inverse. In the elections, UNP & SLFP separate and fool the people. Once any one of them wins, they reunite & share the hunt and provide impunity for each other. So from 1948 Lankaweyans have no choices to elect.
    Still there was some indication of the likability of their leaders of the party’s’ during the 2018 NCM and the October revolution. During the NCM Ranil won it. But even though New King and Old King did donkey trading, they did not win the Coup. The reason for TNA MPs broke up with it, instead of Donkey Trading, the complaint of its undemocratic atmosphere within it.
    We can see UNP’s future prospectus after the EP election. Ranil won’t be able to keep going ever by showing the tail to snake and head to fish.

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    I cannot understand why Prime Minister is brought into these comments. The writer makes an intelligent analysis of the Iron Law of Oligarchy prevailing in any political party as a counter to Eran’s stupid demand for democracy within the UNP. That is all there is to this precious analysis

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    Shyamon,
    I don’t agree with the following statement in your write up and your attempt to justify Ranil as a good leader!
    “Ranil Wickremesinghe’s handling of President Sirisena deserves our highest plaudit”.

    Ranil didn’t handle Sirisena properly period! Ranil went behind Sirrisena’s back and did what ever he wanted without even telling the President. What ever said and done the President is the leader of the country. and should not have been treated like a pambaya!

    Ranil is a dictator in the UNP who lost many elections leading the UNP! If he was democratic then he should have resigned when he lost multiple elections. Ranil also knew that he could never win at a presidential election and in the last two elections he could not lead the party by nominating himself as a candidate. This is poor leadership! The leader has to lead from the front!

    Its very important that the UNP select a leader who can contest the presidential election! First the UNP has to have a strong leader and under that leadership form the alliance.

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    What you write in your article may be true. Democracy as we know is one vote for one person. That must be exercised in the party. Ranil was a total failure. He became PM under Chandrika and could not work together and she chucked him out. Then he became the PM under Sirisens, same story. This form of government is by consensus. He cannot ever work in that kind of environment. He cannot win an election by his own strength he brings in common candidates. He knows UNP will loose this time, so he wants to be the leader so that he can be the opposition leader for the next 5 years. Shamless power hungry leach of a man. He has not done anything for the country. Only thing he wants to be in power. Worst kind of scum you ever find in a political set up. Throw him out.

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    Uncle Shymon-is there internal democracy in Australian political parties ? If there is , are you against that internal democracy in Australia?

    [edited out]

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    Political parties are like clubs.
    Clubs have rules that should be strictly followed.
    Changing rules to suit the needs of individuals or cliques is no good.
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    I do not think that Sajit or Karu is any more angel than Ranil.
    They are all greedy for power and have external ‘handlers’.

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    This guy Jayasinghe is twisting the facts. It is not a question of Ranil’s vote being equal to a SB or Gammanpilla vote; regardless of my own dislike of these two in a democratic party 20 votes for either should have double the value of 10 votes for Ranil. As it is impossible to make democratic decisions in large organisations by 100% of the membership voting for their choice, it becomes necessary to select a manageable group fully representative of the view of the entire membership. It is in the selection of such elite groups that guys like Jayasinghe “fiddle” the process to suit them.

    Incidentally Rajapaksha was never the authour of the SLFP. Its elite members; the Bandaranaikes, Amunugamas, Moulanas etc. were already there when he cunningly wormed his way into power by manipulating the MAJORITY vote.

    When the Wickremaratnas and Harshas and their ilk came into active politics with the UNP the bulk of the party heaved asigh of relief and felt that a new beginning was possible. When we now see attempts at horse deals for Ranil to retain the opposition leaders position and allow Gota in as President, then if these are justified on the basis of some cooked up elitism, then Good Bye UNP.

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    Writter SJ has gone bonkers! Ranil Wickramasinghe’s end is near and the UNP’ers have at last realised. Right now the thieves “BondRavi K/Tablet Akila/Highway Kiriella/East Terminal Sagala” are RW’s propaganda machine. Surprisingly even his confidant Malik is on the other side. Analysis show UNP will never win any of the forthcoming elections it is sad but true. Lets be a realist and lets allow the UNPers to put Ranil W to sleep now in order for another suitable candidate to emerge for 2024.

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    This is an outrageous suggestion.
    ]
    How can democracy function without democracy at its very root, the party system?
    ]
    The writer is trying to bend rules of democracy out of loyalty to his master. He has to go for heanven’s sake,

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    What has Eran & Harsha and the likes done? Cow down to Ranil the Looter to protect him as he nominated them.
    Ranil the arrogant looting PM thought he had his own way and even went behind the back of the President and even undermining his authority.
    Class difference.
    Intellectuals like Eran & Harsha are disgraceful & shameful. Did nothing for the country or to change direction but was blinkered to keep defending their looting leader.

    Due to Ranil’s autocratic rule its now payback time for the UNP.
    Nobody gained other than Ranil and the foot noters, Ravi.k. & the samanala group.

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    Dear Shyamon: Minister Eran may have blurted out something where people in the comforts of down-under can logically shred the outburst into pieces. Don’t forget that the entire structure of all political parties became almost one and the same in maintaining rigid discipline instead of entertaining diverse opinions, markedly after 1977. Other party leaders studied and copied the model of tricky-Dick. Everyone knows that Minister Eran is a different kettle of fish. From his words, if we read between the lines, he is disappointed with some aspects of governance within the UNP and without saying much he laments that it is cocooned by a set of butterflies (A term coined by Maru Sira). Mark my words, even if we have a decision making process agreeable to Minister Eran, Ranil still will have his way. It also is clear that Minister Eran may be feeling that he is not rising any more within the Party. HOW CAN HE? Would he become butterfly to do that? I believe that it was Kahlil Gibran who said “God! Grant me the serenity to things I cannot change, the courage to things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”.

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    The constitution of ALL political parties must be in a format stipulated by the principal Constitution of the Country. These common rules must specify how a leader is voted in which should happen PERIODICALLY. It is time we do away with ” X and Co.(Ltd)” type of political parties Shymon J is talking as hallmark of Democracy.
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    Soma

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