23 October, 2017

Anyone But Ranil: A Three Step Comeback For The UNP

By Dayan Jayatilleka – 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“War tends to create monarchs…Any war that continues beyond a certain point is a monarchy approaching.”Regis Debray

Most commentaries on the crisis of UNP omit the chasm-like disconnect between that party and the national electorate. That yawning gap is best evidenced by the case of Dayasiri Jayasekara. He lost his bid to be elected the National Organizer of the UNP at its Convention of 2011, and went on to win a whopping three hundred thousand preference votes at the Provincial Council election a mere two years later. What that shows is just how far out of touch the UNP is with the collective psyche and mood of the vast number of voters outside the party fold. This is similar to the fate of the Tea Party movement of the US Republicans, and the trade-unionist Trotskyite Left of the British Labour party in the Opposition during the Thatcher years (before the New Labour/Third Way makeover). Closer home, this was the situation of the UNP of Sir John Kotelawela (which resulted in the ‘event’ of ’56) and the SLFP under Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike (which kept it in the opposition for 17 years).

Analyses of the UNP’s crisis tend to dodge the question of the leadership by diversions such as the largely rhetorical poser: “will the mere replacement of Ranil enable the party to win?” The sheer stupidity of the question resides in the unwillingness to grasp that the present need of the UNP is not so much to win elections as to stop its downward plunge—and stopping that plunge requires the replacement of the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe as a prerequisite.

Any possible UNP victory is but a third phase of the comeback process. The first is to stop the plunge; the haemorrhage of votes and MPs. The second is to bring the party back to its natural base vote and its status as the largest single party in the country. The third and final is an electoral triumph by achievement of a plurality of votes. Not even the first stage can be reached without visibly changing the UNP’s leader.

The SLFP couldn’t win for 17 years because of the memory of the closed economy, scarcities and queues. The UNP stayed in office because it had liberated the citizens from that curse. Today the UNP under Ranil suffers from a similar or worse malady: that of its record of appeasement of the LTTE, while the UPFA under Mahinda Rajapaksa has the merit of having liberated the masses from terrorism. The SLFP had to dump the most visible symbol of that economic era, Mrs Bandaranaike, and replace her with a new candidate and leader committed to an open economy with a human face, namely Chandrika. Similarly, the UNP has to ditch Ranil and replace him with a patriot if it is to get rid of the tattoo of ‘traitor’. One may ask how this will be different from Rajapaksa rule. The answer is simple– in the same manner and to the same extent that CBK programme was different from the UNP’s Open Economy: representing a younger generation, more modern, more in tune with global trends and with a human face. The UNP needs ‘pluralist patriotism with a human face’.

The extreme reluctance of the cosmopolitan intelligentsia to accept that the victory over Prabhakaran is the main source of the incumbent’s legitimacy and popularity probably stems from the fact that many of them supported the CFA, ISGA and PTOMS and even those who creditably didn’t, were more critical of Mahinda Rajapaksa than Prabhakaran during the decisive last war. Thus we have for instance, trained historians and political scientists who are blind to the importance in political history and the history of politics, of a war, especially one of such length and magnitude and against such a ferocious foe—and a decisive victory in such a war.

These analysts refuse to understand that the most deleterious contemporary phenomena that they rightly reject are also the outcrop of the war and more importantly of the failure of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s predecessors to win the war (which he proved could be done and thus could have been done by them). In his autobiography ‘Praised be Our Lords’ Regis Debray observes apropos Fidel Castro and the Cuban leadership, that “War tends to create monarchs…Any war that continues beyond a certain point is a monarchy approaching.” (p87)  If this is more or less true of so iconic a fusion of Enlightenment Reason and Western Romanticism as Fidel, one may comprehend the mutations when the heritage and lineage go back as in Sri Lanka, to the very different matrix which Marx called Asiatic despotism (with its monopoly of land ownership etc).

The remedy then is neither to revile the war nor to mimic the incumbent but to renounce the Ranil-Chandrika approaches of appeasement and vacillation; recognise the failure of the cosmopolitan pacifist ideologues and intellectuals; contest the monopoly of the military achievement by reworking patriotism into a more pluralist, social democratic configuration. (The failure to do this is not unrelated to the enormous failure of the critical Lankan intelligentsia, including the expatriates, to grasp the political thinking of Antonio Gramsci, his stress on the progressive value of the national-territorial unification of the state, his revaluation of Machiavelli and repeated invocation of the ‘national-popular’).

Let us conclude this detour into the conceptual and return to contemporary politics. The limited successes and petering out of four important and laudable social struggles—the FUTA strike, the anti-impeachment protests, the strike against the electricity fare hike, and the Rathupaswala rising—all bring home the same message: the need for a credible political formation which links the struggles nationally and leads them either from the front or from behind (as the UNP and JVP did during the student and worker upheavals of 1976). In short, the crisis of the opposition, which is primarily a crisis of the UNP and secondarily that of the JVP/FSP, is the inescapable factor. No ‘civil society’ outfit or collection of outfits without a credible national profile can be a substitute. The triple factors of politics, political leadership and political project cannot be swept under the mat.

Clarity is more important in politics than benign intention. Ven Girambe Ananda thero of Anuradhapura led an entirely honourable effort to rescue the UNP, which was however, far too extensive in its formulation. Instead of a simple, single point proposal for Ranil’s replacement within a compressed timeframe and the election of a new leader and deputy by the UNP’s parliamentary group, the reverend monks produced a document with enough loopholes for Ranil to slip through.

Consider the current travesty of conceding to him the continued incumbency of post of the Leader of the Opposition. What is the logical basis for this, one cannot help but wonder. Insofar as he has presided over the unprecedented outflow of Opposition MPs to the Government benches—a flow which has resulted in 150% more UNP MPs in Government than in Opposition—Mr Wickremesinghe is easily the most lamentable Leader of the Opposition in the history of the Sri Lankan parliament.

Worse still is the fact that he could well enter the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running leader of the Opposition in the history of democracy. If he remains in that post he will continue to choose which MPs speak in parliamentary debates and he has conspicuously kept out the best speakers in the UNP benches from participating in them.

Next year, the UNP will celebrate two decades in the Opposition and Mr Wickremesinghe, twenty years as the Leader of the Opposition. The two facts are inextricably intertwined. The Australian Labour Party took only weeks—perhaps days—to pick a new leader and deputy leader after its recent defeat. By contrast, this time next year the UNP will commemorate its Twenty Year Curse. If it is to avoid that ghastly and pathetic fate, it must cut the Gordian knot rather than waste more time trying to unravel it.

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    Dayan Jayatillaka,

    “Any possible UNP victory is but a third phase of the comeback process. The first is to stop the plunge; the haemorrhage of votes and MPs. The second is to bring the party back to its natural base vote and its status as the largest single party in the country. The third and final is an electoral triumph by achievement of a plurality of votes. Not even the first stage can be reached without visibly changing the UNP’s leader.”

    Yes, need to move the fossil.

    The fossil is waiting to be President by default, when MR self destruct, just like Mrs. B did in 1977.

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      “Yes, need to move the fossil.”

      Miami Mice and a Posse Cat.

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      SB lambastes Premadasas for ethnic turmoil, UNP crisis
      October 22, 2013, 10:03 pm

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      By Shamindra Ferdinando

      Had President Ranasinghe Premadasa allowed the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF)-run first North East Provincial Council (NEPC) to function, the Eelam conflict wouldn’t have taken such a destructive course, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake asserted yesterday.

      He said that President Premadasa had joined forces with LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran instead backing the first NE Chief Minister Varatharaja Perumal’s administration.

      President Premadasa was bent on sabotaging the provincial administration regardless of consequences, the minister said. He was responding to a query on a live political discussion, on the ITN yesterday morning.

      Perumal was appointed the Chief Minister of the NEPC following the elections held in November 1988 under the supervision of the Indian Army.

      Having reached an understanding with Prabhakaran in May 1989, President Premadasa provided the LTTE with the wherewithal to wage war against the IPKF and the EPRLF, Minister Dissanayake said.

      The MP criticised President Premadasa’s unilateral demand that the Indian Army be pulled out by July 1989.

      He claimed that the initiative to settle the national issue through peaceful means had suffered a debilitating setback due to President Premadasa’s foolish move.

      Responding to another query, Dissanayake accused the UNP of causing mayhem in Jaffna in the ‘80s. The minister alleged that the disruption of Jaffna DDC polls and setting the Jaffna library ablaze caused the rapid deterioration of the situation in the North.

      Although successive governments couldn’t overcome terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapaksa succeeded in May 2009, the minister said.

      Whatever the criticism, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), comprising the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi, the EPRLF, the TELO, the PLOTE and the TULF comfortably won the first Northern Provincial Council poll, the minister said, adding that contrary to expectations those who had campaigned on an LTTE platform barely managed to enter the council. The minister ridiculed newly elected MPs who took their oaths at Vellimullavaikkal following a simmering dispute over the allocation of ministerial portfolios. Dissanayake asserted that the ongoing power struggle in the TNA could get worse and the moderates would definitely experience difficulties.

      Expressing confidence that Northern Province CM retired Justice C. V. Wigneswaran would be able to work with the government for the benefit of northerners, Minister Dissanayake stressed that no government had done so much work in the Northern Province.

      Commenting on the continuing crisis in the UNP, Dissanayake alleged that former UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, MP was primarily responsible for the crisis in the party today. Due to Premadasa’s treachery many party members had to leave the party, the minister said, alleging the former President’s son wanted the party to remain in the Opposition until he was ready to succeed Wickremesinghe.

      Responding to a query by The Island, the minister said that those who had courageously backed Premadasa’s initial push for reforms in the wake of heavy defeats were forced to face the wrath of Wickremesinghe. “Sajith Premadasa never wanted to bring the operation to a successful conclusion. He launched a project but abandoned it halfway leaving his associates to face the fire. Dayasiri Jayasekera was one of the victims of Premadasa’s deceit.”

      UNP crisis started during premadasa time not because of Ranil

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        Rohana

        I do agree with comments made by SB as to how RP propped up the LTTE with deadly consequences.

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      Ranil is still my hero. He is now suffering politically because he was not prepared or he did not have the heart to slaughter thousands of women, children and infirm in the Vanni.

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    Oh no…..not the the umpteenth time this again !

    We get it, you want Ranil out. The question is why?

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      This bugger only wants Premadasa junior to take over and uneducated junior to ruin the nation as had been the case with senior Premadasa in late 80ties in the country.

      Appage de nokoloth nottigeputha this I remind now. Sajith can be a leader to PETTAH market no for the nation. Latter is clear to any one with a brain the size of a mustard seed, but idiotic DJ would not see the harm that he has been bringing by his 2 cent worth articles – he has been very impatient all these days – since he is accused of being a POWERFUL NGO worker.

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        Let’s join hands to sing: Preme apita, Api Premeta.

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    RANIL, PLEASE… PLEASE,,, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH… GET LOST

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      ” GET LOST”

      “Im-puss-able” just like you.

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    If Ranil leads UNP for a few more years, elections won’t help… we might need archaeologists to find UNPers,,,,,

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    People talk about RW and his brilliance but am yet to see any of it, he got the rug pulled out from under him several times. As a burgher I fully agree that he is clueless and a traitor who will sell this country thinking he is doing us good. At least Rajapakse has backbone unlike Ranil, I prefer a homegrown dictator to a foreign sponsored one.

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      “… will sell this country thinking he is doing us good.” As for me, I opted not to vote UNP since Ranil became the leader just for that reason. Mind you, there are very many like me who will not swing back to UNP unless of course MR has become unbearable rascal.

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    It should be FOUR step come back for the UNP…. The most critical 1st Step is to kick Ranil OUT!

    Other steps will automatically follow…..

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      Sounds like Sin Fang FOE.
      After a dictatorship it’s better to have decency like calm after storm.

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    By his statment “…ditch Ranil and replace him with a patriot” DJ seems to imply that Ranil is less patriotic than the politicians he considers better suited to lead the nation.Simply because Ranil conducts himself as a Stateman in dealing with national issues rather than act soley for political expediency does not make him less patriotic and certainly does not deserve the tattoo of a traitor. lets consider theser facts(1) During the short period he was PM Ranil did not recruit for the Govt service which was all ready over crowded-MR increased the Numbers three fold at an enormous cost to the nation.(2)Ranil has never appointed his kith and kin to any govt positions as MR has done.(3)There has been no allegation of coruption against Ranil in 40 yrs in politics-MR’s legacy in this regard is well known from the days of helping Hambantota.Ranil has never been a racist and has been secular in his thinking, unlike the Rajapakses who tacitly support the extremists.DJ and his “Liberal” Pal Rajivas only occupation is Ranil bashing and sing for the supper.

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    Rev. Sobith of Naga Vihare has taken over the responsibility to “colour wash” Ranil with the support of the US Dollar funds rolling into the campaign to do the “Regime Change”. All these “champions” who prop up the image of Ranil fail to understand the “pulse” of the ordinary voter and contempt towards him. To retain Ranil in his position with an “eye wash” of a “Governing Council” is yet another invisible support to MR. So we are at a dilemma to find who is supporting whom. All what we know is; so long as Ranil stays in leadership of UNP, MR will be the happiest and unopposed leader to be chosen by the people.

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    SLFP is a Sinhala extremist party.

    What you suggest will make UNP also Sinhala extremist.

    RW should stay. He is the only leader the minorities can trust.

    If you take minority votes for granted you will regret it. UNP needs RW to get so much minority votes.

    Forget about the majority. They will come when they realize Rajafucksa is ruining them by showing them an outdated war victory. Keep the minority vote in tact.

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      We Sinhala Buddhists know that the UNP has become the party of the Minorities. I am told even that Buddha statue that was there is not there now. But the problem for the UNP is, minorities do not think UNP has shifted enough from its former Buddhist mold.

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      Having fun at the expense of Muslims are you Lester? :) :) :)

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    Meet the spindoctor Dayan Jayatilleka.

    I remember in the aftermath of Lalith Athulathmudali assassination, President Premadasa said: “When you point a finger at me do not forget three fingers pointing at you” the same thing I have to say about Dayan. He was stripped naked at Lalith Athulathmudali’s funeral at the Colombo cemetery by some angry mourners who manhandled him when Dayan went on a spy mission for the Premadasa government. Dayan was a Director, Conflict Studies, Institute of Policy Studies (1990-94), functioning as Advisor/Consultant to President Premadasa (1989-93), now a leading spin doctor for Rajapaksa regime.

    Dayan comes from an upper middle-class background and has no sense of suffering of poor people; the only child of a well-known journalist and editor, the late Mervyn de Silva. He was an undergraduate of Peradeniya University in the late 70s and was a key figure of Social Study Circle of the university. When there were talks in the art theatre he came with a lot of quotations from Karl Marx, Lenin, Friedrich Engels, and Mao Tse-tung to show off his knowledge about those theories. He never wanted to take a risk for others although he wanted to be seen as a pure Marxist.

    At Peradeniya University, he was known as ‘Onta’ among the students: The nickname ‘Onta’ means ‘On Tow’. Dayan was seen all the time with his girlfriend pulling her gently with one hand as he was walking while holding a shoulder bag with other hand which contained Marxist books and quotations, and a bottle of boiled water. He did not like to drink water other students had in the university.

    During the historic students’ struggle, in 1976, against the tyranny of university president Professor Vithanage and the Sirima Bandaranaike government, clever Dayan disappeared from the university. Students who knew him said ‘Dayan behethakatawath hoyaganna ne’, meaning Dayan vanished without trace. When everything became normal he emerged with his girlfriend and the shoulder bag. He was badly embarrassed to see others who became victims of the brutal police attack. Since then students never allowed him to talk bullshit in public.

    About 2400 years ago, Greek Philosopher Plato had described democracy as “a governance of fools” when his teacher, a great philosopher, Socrates was sentenced to death by the majority of the Jury. Socrates had been teaching the truth about the society and politics. Dayan knows how to play with fools. Go on Dayan

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      mj,

      First of all everybody has his rights and to express personal opinions on any issue and that’s what Dr.Dayan J. is doing.

      Also we would like to know your opinions on where UNP stand and where it’s heading.

      At lease Dr.Dayan is keeping CT readers informed where as Ranil disappears from public for ages. We do not hear Ranil’s voice for ages, other than may be in Parliament.

      What is going on with Ranil’s life as an opposition leader is questionable. Where was Ranil When Gen.Sarath Fonseka was inprisoned and after he returned from prison.Does he make a voice for oppressed, helpless and voiceless people who are looking for help and justice. JVP is doing a better job than Ranil to support oppressed people.

      Where was Ranil when CJ Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached and many times during PC elections.

      We know MR spend 100 times more for his party supporters than the opposition party candidates during any given election and that is a reason why he win many times.

      But there should be a way to tackle this issue Without criticizing writers like Dayan who many times write the reality and keep readers updated of what’s going on within UNP.

      Until UNP gets back on it’s feet they should unite with the opposition parties and should stand together to fight for peoples rights.

      If you have any suggestions or winning strategy for UNP we would like to hear from you.

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        Mahela ,

        “First of all everybody has his rights and to express personal opinions on any issue and that’s what Dr.Dayan J. is doing.”

        i’m sure that is what DJ has been doing all these years , there is a tiny winy question mark , though . Mahela let me put it this way , say you have marital problems with your spouse , you need to get some counseling/help from a professional to redress the burning issue , now there are two people available for you to choose

        1) one is with all the bells & whistles but he himself is an utter failure in his own family life , few divorce cases and still abusing his current wife

        2) 2nd one is equally qualified but not a hot shot or a poser as the first one and leading an exemplary marriage life where he is morally and ethically entitled to give advice on others how to resolve family disputes ,

        who would you go to get the help Mahela ? and why ?

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        Idiot ,
        If JVP is doing a better job than Ranil as this idiot Mahelaya says, then, the JVP would have got more votes at the last election. All they got is around 1%. Why? Like Dayan says majority voters do not forget those who scuttled MR’s war efforts. People like Mahelaya, Jayanthaya and co cannot understand that logic for their mentality are not in line with patriots but neocons.

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          Both Sri Lal, and Banda.

          When it come to Marriage counselling, Surely I will go with the second person or second option.

          But when it comes to Party Politics where you deal with people and for their rights, I would say Ranil is not doing his duty as the strongest opposition Leader. That’s why there are many problems in the UNP. When the head is not taking responsibility to make peoples voices herd and loosing both Party members and supporters, obviously others try to gets into his shoes although they are also even 80% not suitable for that position.

          That’s why I have to find out what are the best options and choices we and the UNP have to win elections.

          Obviously we know that Pres.Rajapakse is blocking all the avenues for opposition parties to win elections including arresting their Party supporters and businessmen who contribute them, media blockade, spending 100 times more than opposition to win election (where currently one candidate spends minimum 60 million rupees to contest for a PC election….leave alone parliament election)and also keeping election commissioner, police, judiciary and media under his powers.These are few issues where opposition parties face and loose elections.

          As per Banda’s statement what I said was JVP makes a louder voice for the oppressed people than UNP. The reason JVP loosing elections are partly due to above reasons. We also saw how UNP Matara protest march ended with MR induced thuggery on both sides of UNP were witnessed.

          Watch the following HIRU Balaya debate to see where JVP stands.

          http://www.hirunews.lk

          All we see is Sri Lanka is heading for self destruction and a united opposition is the need of the hour.

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            Mahela ,Mahela my man ,

            first thing first , my query was about DJ , not about RW being the opposition leader. i believe we have discussed RW’s unsuitability to lead the opposition in detail quite number of times on many occasions i.e CJ SB’s impeachment time ,as i have stated many a times RW’s use by date was 2005 November , since then RW’s presence as the opposition leader is a great insult for the SL populace and a huge benefit for MR and his cronies , so RW must relinquish his responsibilities as the opposition leader and UNP Leadership ,period! we both agree on that issue , right ?

            i’ve noticed quite number of times your consistence praising on DJ and his antiques , that was the reason i put a simple analogy for you to answer , since you admited you would go for the second option , lets discuss why you chose 2nd option . why did not you go for the 1 st one , I assume you didn’t want to get any advise from a person who has lost moral right to preach on family disputes , as he is a morally & ethically bankrupt person ! right Mahela ?

            Now take DJ’s opportunistic political career , is there any difference between GLP and DJ (yes there is a tiny difference GL did not get the opportunity to serve under RP and DJ did not serve under CBK ), almost identical . what is common , both are academically qualified ( not sure about DJ’s much talked P.hD though ) and manipulate the situation to their own personnel benefit , who will take DJ’s advice on UNP affairs seriously ? has he got any moral right to dictate terms to opposition while clinging on to MR’s kurrakan shawl ? DJ’s next anticipated pole vaulting is towards Sajith , who is Sajith ? is he even suitable to hold a pradeshiya saba chairman ship , let alone the top job ?
            Do we really need DJ to expose the most obvious, that is how pathetic RW is ? we are fully accustomed to RW ‘s dealings and fully aware of the status quo. Don’t we ? DJ knows “coming colors” are no good for him in the future , hence tries to reserve a seat in advance in Sajith’s camp , in a nut shell DJ has lost the creditability and moral& ethical values to preach on opposition hence no one should take him seriously.

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              Srilal,

              Thanks for the info.

              If both RW and SP are not suitable to lead UNP, then what’s the next choice they have. What’s your opinion.

              Dr.Dayan J could write what ever he feel, but it’s the readers who decide and analyse his writings.

              There’s no level field for politics in Sri Lanka and an invisible hand is manipulating it.

              That’s what I said that until UNP puts back it’s house in order, they should join as a common opposition with other opposition parties to voice peoples grievances.

              Only time will decide the outcome.

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              Mahela,

              here what i have written recently as a response to another comment,

              Bren ,

              you are right on Karu,Sajith and RW , but just forwarding Ven Sobitha thero as the opposition candidate wouldn’t work under the current junta regime , it needs very careful planning. Following facts must be taken in to consideration before implementing any strategic move

              1)Ven Sobitha Thero’s sole candidacy must be to abolish the Executive presidency, period.

              2)UNP needs to work as a single party possibly headed by Karu (given the circumstances there is no any other experience chap left in UNP at the moment, hence Karu is the best to fill the vacuum )

              3)CBK ‘s backing is a must , not because she is clever , honest or any thing , she is a crowd puller , there are millions of disgruntled SLFP supporters who have lost faith in MR , their massive vote bank is a game changer.

              4) Gen SF must be included in the coalition; he may be the 3rd political force in the country.

              5)Vigneshvaren, Sumanthiran must be encouraged to join in as they have a sway in the Tamil votes

              5)if possible JVP should join the common cause to eradicate the cancer from the SL politics.

              6) Assad Salley with other moderate Muslim leaders should be on board to get the necessary Muslim votes.

              Presidential election must be held similar to recent Northern election and foreign observer’s presence is a prerequisite.
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                Srilal,

                Thanks for the Info. Yes I agree with you. Good to see some great intelligent analysts are there in this comment forum.

                Sri Lanka could have been a Paradise by now if Politicians would have used these talented visionaries, intellectuals and Intelligent communities on decision making process. But unfortunately they were greedy and selfish enough to ignore them.

                I hope at least now they will act accordingly. Thanks again.

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      You mean he is typical bullshitter…

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    Dayan,

    The New Colombo plan is to be friends with China and drink arrack.

    This is going to be in place as long as the incumbent can dodge bullets from India & the International Community (read Western powers).

    Everything is working as long as the president stays alive.

    Roughly 19 years are left if you include his son.

    So just drink some arrack and ask Caecescu for a post in Sao Tome.

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    Do, all .the Elite , the Anglicans, Vellalas, both Tamil and Sinhala and Mohamadians with money come under this Cosmopolitan Intelligentia which make up the UNP ?.

    Then what about the new category the Diasporians?.

    The next question is what is Keselwatta Kid doing there?.

    Can he ever be of any use to them. besides trying to fixing that ” Dissconnect”?.

    And the Come Back Kid , is no good even with the Council of Chiefs of the Intelligentia. according to DJ.

    What a sorry saga !!!!

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      Sumane the incubator of wars.

      “What a sorry saga !!!!”

      Elephants have trunks because they don’t have glove compartments.

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    Karu seems the logical choice.

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      yeah, the logical choice for those who cannot think outside the box and want the UNP to disappear into oblivion !

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        Anyone but a Ratwatte, why is Karu a secret Ratwatte? Miguel you don’t need this trouble……..but what the fuck, why not? It’s on baby!!!!

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    Dayan will continue to sing hallelujahs to Mahinda until he gets another posting!

    Sengodan. M

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      Obivously! ……he helps those who help themselves.

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    Can RW come forward and explain/justify why he should continue to hang on? A press conference would be ideal.Not a bunch of politicos lining the table,just RW at the podium.

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    One of the best articles of dayan’s.He has analysed matters beautifully.

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    Can Colomb Telgraph copy the article on ‘Spin Doctor Dayan’ by Nalaka Rupasingha which appears in the Lankaenews which exposes this man Dayan. He was/is in the pay book of MR to chase away Ranil. He is a active member of the Sirasa, Mawbima, Maithree and Shiral Club.

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      You must be one of those Cosmopolitan Intelligentsia,especially with that subscription to the Mangala Rag, LeN.

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    Ranil and his UNP’s Karma , according to DJ is brought about by,

    * Appeasement of the LTTE and Vellala CM’s new Hero, Prabakran.

    * Support for CFA, ISGA and PTOMS.

    * Criticizing MR than Prabakaran.

    DJ perhaps overlooked the unnecessary and unwise insulting of the Tri Forces and the valiant Srilankan Army in particular,

    Is there any among those Cosmo Intelligentsia. (sounds like Martians isn’t it), who haven’t’ been tainted by those bad Karma,to take over the e leadership and re float the ship so that it will “Reconnect” with the great majority of the inhabitant population?,

    Even If anyone is clean, still an apology to the current Army Chief, Ratne is a must..

    Otherwise it will be tough going to get the Army boys to obey orders,in case mini Springs ,spring up and Kirielles and karunanayakas are still around.

    Samaraweera will have to resign with Ranil, one would think.

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    DJ’s reasoning of the Dayasiri’s 300,000 manapes and the defeat at the UNP election itself is enough to judge the level of ‘intelligence’ of the academic in DJ. DJ’s trheories are all about fishing for a personal position to ensure a living at a cost to the public. My admiration of Ranil increases with every slander he receieves from DJ and the likes of Sajith Premadasa.

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    Dayan – You [Edited out] , do you think you can fool the people of srilanka with your stupid articles?? you were the cleaner for premadasa and now rajapaksha. now you are trying to make inroads into another chauvinistic unp leadership under ‘pig headed moron sajith’. guys realise sajith has no experience what so ever. all he has is ‘i am son of premadasa’. srilanka does not need another premadasa !! ranil please save us by coming into power. pray almighty for that !

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    DAYAN ARE YOU SO BANKRUPT OF IDEAS THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT THAN OF RANIL? LEAVE THE LEADERSHIP DECISION TO THE UNP AND MIND YOUR BUSINESS. WHY NOT DO A DEAL WITH VIGNESWATRAN AS YOU DID IN THE PAST WITH PRO-EELAM PERUMAL? YOU ARE A FRUSTRATED OPPORTUNIST

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      That’s all he knows like his pop to write and write write, saying its right all along but if he knew anything better he would not write.

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        but the pen is greater than the sword they say.From the way he touches some raw nerves maybe it is true.

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    Dayan is a spin doctor! he is all over the place…
    Ranil is still the best option for UNP.
    Look at Sajith’s recent arguments.. One day Sajith says he doesn’t want to run for the southern CM post and the next day he says he is happy to run even for the municipal council if he is given power…
    Sajith is too self centred. Sajith hasn’t achieved anything himself but trying to benefit from his Father’s hard earned respect.
    Ask the insiders in SL where Sajith is getting funds.. main sources are from a casiono Owner and from a “head” of a media institution.

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    I agree Dayan Jayathilaka what UNP needs its a change of leadership not the power sharing strategy known as so called Leadership council. The Leadership council will satisfy the senior politicians and its supporters, may be it can help to unite a team but it will never going to help the party to get the voter attention. Mindset of voters are now affirmative that they are not interested on Ranil’s leadership and searching for change of leadership. In politics, you need to change the party’s strategy based on the expectation of the voters, then only your members grievances should be included. But Ranil must become a senior team member and can play an important role in the future UNP Government like Willaim Hague (former conservative party leader and current British Foreign Secretary), Iain Duncan Smith (Former conservative party leader and the current Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), Michael Howard (former Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Ministerial candidate on 2005 election and become the member of the house of lords, still active with the conservative party). A New Leader with a strong shadow cabinet enough to change the table.

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    First step is to SACK Sajith Premadasa from UNP as early as possible

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