23 January, 2018

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For Heaven’s Sake, Mr Speaker, Tighten The Rules Of The House

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

You and I are very familiar with dogs’ fighting and biting each other. What happened in Parliament yesterday (10/01/18) was a similar mindless and juvenile militancy. I am scared to look at Al Jazeera tonight as they are bound to give clips of our Parliamentarians’ performance. When these things go global, Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans will be looked down upon everywhere they go. There is a fellow jogger belonging to the Albanian community here in Melbourne. He is a frequent Al Jazeera watcher and he has been in the habit of pointing out to me anything that is specially said of Sri Lanka. I dread to see the bloke today and hence I shifted my jogging ground temporarily.

This is our predicament! A country where Bana is dished out every day via radio and TV channels, where the church bells ring for the faithful, and where mosques relay, regardless of sound pollution, the word of the prophet.

Religion has not touched the collective psyche of Sri Lankans; so has free education; so has the heritage of an impressive civilisation. It is just a dog-eating dog culture that has permeated our society  from the top echelons of political behaviour. Sixty per cent of our MPs are without O’levels, whereas sixty per cent of Indian MPs are graduates. With the replacement of the system of electorally-sourced and electorally accountable representatives by a party hierarchy nominated system of picking candidates for a party list to be presented as a fiat accompli to hapless electors the worsening culture has worsened beyond measure.

Creepy fellows crept into Parliament. Drug magnates, womanisers, rapists and jewellery snatchers even got Ministerial portfolios under the previous government. An alleged drug magnet was appointed ‘Supervising MP’ in the Defence Ministry! Fortunately he has since been convicted for murder and is awaiting the hangman’s noose! One former Minister who is a notorious liquor dealer and who hasn’t got beyond  year nine at school is reported to have been one of the attackers last evening.

Many of these fellows are alleged criminals at-large with cases in court before them. Why their cases are not disposed of and why they not converted to jailbirds, we can only ask the President and the Prime Minister. We have been asking and we can only ask. In a sense, the government deserved this. We had a President of whom former Chief Justice says he regrets he did not convict for misappropriating Tsunami funds. We have had officials, once upon a time, in charge of security who have been charged with wheeler-dealing in MiG purchases and murdering dissentients. They are going about trying to woo our monks in order that they can soon take over political leadership.

One thing I cannot understand is why the Speaker has not issued instructions that in the event of his suspending Parliament or postponing same, the broadcasting facilities should be jammed. Had this been done, the Opposition will not keep screaming and dramatising in the well of Parliament.They want the whole country to see and that is their motivation. Cut off that chance of broadcasting, and protestors like this will be defused. Other strict house rules should be made legal and enforced to discourage such happenings again. For instance, any MP violating the symbol of the house, which is the mace, should be automatically punishable by suspension for one year. CCTV facilities would make it easy to ascertain who and who are responsible for violations. Likewise, no banners etc should be allowed into the House. In this particular instance, the JO men and women came in readiness with banners to disrupt proceedings. Similar tightening can be done in other relevant areas. For heavens’s sake, Mr Speaker do tighten the rules of the House as far as is possible and seek agreement  beforehand, from all party leaders for the new rules.

We can go a far way towards a sane Parliament then.

*The writer can be contacted at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    Yes…. Yes…..
    It is text book case of managing chaotic situation

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      Cha cha cha…. why should the Speaker tightens the rules of the House? He should keep knives, guns and hand grenades under his table to be distributed among the hooligans in the Parliament to carry out their business more “creative and meaningful ways.”

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      Spring Koha & oldcodger
      -.
      Where are you.
      What is Ranil up to now.
      He seem plenty of time in his hand.
      Please watch this:

      Here is Ranil’s war dance before the elections:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSgStpVxKMM

      The dance look like Birds’ mating ritual.

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        Native Vedda

        Ranil can cross out any hopes of winning ‘dancing with the stars’ .

        His circumnavigation of the blesses Iranganie reminds me of the dance performed by an off colour kattadiya I once saw at an exorcism down south.

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      This speaker is one of the worst we have ever had in our living memory. He has no personality and shows no authority over any situation. His predecessor was miles ahead of him.

      Ranil’s juvenile behaviour only underlined the known secret that politics is but a game for him. He could not have damaged his image more, even had he tried.

      2018 appears to be a significant year in the annals of our history where many a head could roll.

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        The above reference to Karu Jayasuriya by me is nothing personal. I have no doubt he is a fine gentleman.

        However, simply put, Karu Jayasuriya appears totally out of his depth in the job of the Speaker. He looked totally lost in the crosswinds of the recent verbal-physical altercation.

        Nobody shows him any respect. He has not demanded it. It appears to those willing to see (without partisanship) that Ranil decides and the Speaker follows.

        THis is not parliamentary tradition.

        Although no admirer of the Rajapakses at all, I think Chamal Rajapakse did a splendid job in comparison. He controlled, and was in charge of the proceedings. He was decisive.

        If an umpire or a referee is involved anywhere in sport, if the game degenerates into a contest of fisticuffs and shouting in the middle, a good proportion of the blame should go to the umpires.

        Its time we told these politicians that we are fed up to our back teeth with their disgusting behavior. They have been having it fartoo good with innocent people’s tax money.

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          I make one final addition to my above mentioned comments…. Today – 13th January – in The Island, there is a fine piece by Dr Upul Wijayawardhana on much the same thing I have said about the Speaker’s lack of firmness. He says “….. but unfortunately, he too seems to be failing in maintaining the dignity of the House. A ‘firm’ Speaker would have brought the House under control without the ensuing melee but he failed badly on this occasion. There were ample opportunities to bring order but he missed. I well remember how, on many occasions, Betty Boothroyd , the only female to be the Speaker of the British House of Commons , brought ‘men’ under control with firmness”.

          Betty Boothroyd was in a class of her own. Even when she expelled someone from the Commons for being a continuous nuisance or for having used in-parliamentary references (in the greatest of style if you please) she did so, earning the respect of even those whom she was expelling.

          I reiterate; the Speaker on that fateful and utterly forgettable day, contributed handsomely to the utter carnage and disgrace which followed by performing his role well below par.

          Fair minded and non-partisan people (very few left I’m afraid!) will understand exactly what I mean.

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    Shaymon.
    Most of the parliamentarians have failed the o l exams which is pathetic. I think sillysena is also supporting the JO in throwing mud at the PM.
    Srilanka is a failed state now without any law and order.

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      Oh boy, when sb is apparently taking a mud bath why should ab throw mud @ him.

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      Education is not the matter. Are these MP’s not educated Ranil lawyer, Mahinda Lawyer, Wijedasa PC, Sumanthiran PC,Sampanthar Lawyer, Namal Lawyer?Ravi accountant Mathripala? It is better for them to start a law firm and defend the rogues. . Ravi can keep accounts of the earnings and fudge it.
      All these Mp’s are rogues and the educated ones are sophisticated HORAS in one way or the other.. They only vary in degree.

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      Why did Sillysena had to hold on to the Bond Commission Report? If its a matter to be discussed in Parliament, he had all the time and resources to get it released in time . He conveniently got the SLFP MPs away from the Parliament by getting them to attend a temple. So this was well planned. There is no end to the mud thrown at the UNP. No wonder the young UNPers reacted when their leader was called a “Hora” by the JO hooligans. The fact remains, do any of those jokers understand the intricacies of a Bond issue? Did the Commissioners have a good knowledge of such a complex subject matter to arrive at their conclusions? Sirasa and JO are talking about UNP and PM having looted the Central Bank but how did they steal from the Central Bank, (if we ask them), they would not know!

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        Agreed it was Sirisena’s fault. He has been playing to Pal Hora Ranil’s tune. The whole “naadagama” by Ranil was pre-planned; a “gendagam” smoke screen raised by Pal Hora to camouflage the public revelation of his complicity and guilt. The foolish man lost his dignity through his performance. Shamon should not only be critical of the spineless speaker but also criticize him for plugging in a non relevant complaint about MR, when the point at issue was “Why the Bond Report had not been submitted to the parliament for debate”. It was the Speaker that was out of order in his own forum. H should resign PD

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      Sisil,
      Srilanka never had law & order or justice. Corrupt, opportunistic, war mongering, murderous are our politicians. Who do you want to blame? It is we who vote them. Why can’t we people refuse to vote in the coming elections?

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    Possible to publish this list of MPs (60%) and am Sure majority will be JO and SLFP when compared to other parties.Hence this will never be published since the Media is still run by the Opposition. That’s why they don’t even utter a word about the previous Bonds (5400Billion on Private Placements) but harping on the present bond which they’ve calculated as 11Billion including the profit made in the secondary market. President is blaming the UNP and eating MR’ votes.Not a single UNPer will vote for these two. It’s a cake walk for UNP and will definitively win more than 70% of the Pradeshiya Sabhas.

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      DEsmond Fernando: do you say UNP block voters are that dumb and because of the party they allow any fraud even when it is proven.
      Remember, Ranil, Avamangala, CBK and one have not prosecuted or recovered anything from the previous govt they just talk.Earlier it was corruption now it is loans they took.

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        They’re not dumb but prudent. President has reports of 34 investigations and the loss or the fraud amount runs into 15000 Billion. He hides all that and divulges the bond investigation in bits and pieces of which the loss is 11Billion and that too 12 Billion is in the custody of the Government.When MR lost the GSP+; Ranil got it back and the gain from that is around 400B only in the first year. Are you people demand the loss from that from MR? The Govt servants salary increased by 10,000= Samurddhi from a mere 2000 to 6000; Diesel, Petrol Gas decreased by a substantial amount.Though you cant remember Majority will have the gratitude.Will communicate after the 10th.

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    Sir I agree with you in total . The irony is in some countries live telecast was brought in to prevent members behaving badly like thug so that even if they desired to be one , they were conscious about being watched by the public, But in Lanka you say they do it more because there is audience/public to cheer and support, Long Live Lanka.

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    Parliamentary democracy has gone to the dogs in Sri-Lanka. Are our politicians fit for purpose?. No ,No is the firm answer. Every bugger is out to get as much as he or she can get in the most quickest way. Our politicians have failed the nation. They are a real detriment to any progress , economic or otherwise. All of them lie through their teeth.
    This Yahalpana lot have been in power for Three long years. What have done. Sweet nothing except filling their pockets and their side kicks’. Shame on you lot; we all had high hopes when you were elected. This has been shattered for ever
    Don’t talk about the JO . They are a bunch of cowboys and Bullock Cart merchants.
    There is no hope in hell as long as all these jokers are our rulers and Guardians. “Guardians” it is big joke in this land of supposed Dharma. God save the masses

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      Ratnam!
      Don’t blame the dogs/bitches they are the most faithful animals who will look after you when in need. Unfortunately the MP’s who were elected by us are in greed unlike the dogs.Dogs fight with each other only when they are short of food or bitches that too during season.
      I wonder whether we can redeem the parliament from the VULTURES
      let loose by us in good faith. Vultures never leave the carcass until the finish it- but that is only for their food for survival. But our MP’s greed can never be satisfied.

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        Yes Anaga I agree with you wholesale. Animals do not kill their own but our political vultures are a curse on the human race and would not hesitate to sell their mothers to save their own skin. Even a divine intervention will have a remote chance succeed in putting the clock back

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    Hope there weren’t any school children in the public gallery at the time. Had there been, I can imagine their wide-eyed dismay and fright of the fracas. What dark memories and stories they would have taken back home and to school of the ‘Honourable Sirs’ conduct.

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      Parliament public Gallery should be opened only for Zoo keepers.

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    does the Parliamentarians reflect the people who elected them?

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      Indeed it does. When the ruling coalition bar the people’s true representatives to act on the behalf of the 5.8 million people who has voted for Mahinda and his policies what else there to be done except for these kind of rhetoric?

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    Before all make this speaker impartial & take to follow rules.

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    Daily mirror states thus:

    “Tense situation in House, set up by Govt: CaFFe”

    So now we see the worry in “Mr Clean”……ha ha

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    Mr. Jayasinghe does not want to mention how his idol Ranil behaved in parliament yesterday???

    I thought Ranil had some sort of confusion and thought he was at a big match and cheering on his squad!!

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      Words

      Spot on . He behaved like a lunatic . [Edited out]

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    Mr. Shaymon,

    If you live in Australia be a Australian do not try to portray your self as a Sri Lankan. Please tell your Albenian friend that you have nothing to do with Sri Lanka and you know nothing about it. Infact tell him that you are not even a Sri Lankan.

    Unless of course, you can become a Sri Lankan by coming back to Sri Lanka and settling here. We Sri Lankans toil day and night because of the stupidity of this current government’s policies and we don’t need lectures on how to run a country from a person who resides comfortably in Australia.

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      Shenal,
      This website would be the poorer with the exclusion of shyamon. Everyone has the right to comment and even though we may not always agree with the views expressed, there should be some style shown even in disagreement. It is intolerance of an opposing viewpoint that was on display in parliament and with this posting you come very close to being labelled as Lankan parliamentarIan yourself.

      We are not living in a cocoon. In the free world everyone has the right to comment on everyone else.

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    Mr. Shymon: Be fair. Who started and created the CHAOS? The Parliament was convened to TABLE the Bond Commission Report. If the report was not available, the Speaker should have announced that fact and closed the session. Why the PM stood up to make a statement and on WHAT? Why the Speaker allowed the PM to make a statement and did he know on what subject he was going to speak. Both the PM and the Speaker have agreed with the Party Leaders to TABLE the Bond Report and thereafter to decide to debate it. It is for that reason ONLY this session was held even though the Parliament was in recess till late January. The two CREATORS of the “CHAOS” (PM & Speaker) knew and was prepared to “Manage” it well. Din’t you hear PM calling his colleagues and saying “Mama kivuwata passe kegahnna” – “Shout after I call”. Then he raised his hands and shouted the slogan: “Kavda Hora” and then the “PACK” shouted “Mahinda Hora”. Please include a chapter in your “BOOK” – that “TEXTBOOK CASE OF MANAGING WELL IN CHAOTIC SITUATION”.

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      Douglas

      You should know well that it is not a matter of who said what when why how where …………. and so. It is the general pattern of behaviour among the political classless class and their b***s carriers in public places and public institutions that should worry you.

      Remember when Sri Mao was stripped of her civil rights it was Amirthalingam who had the decency to escort her out of the parliament amid UNP abuses.
      Maybe in your days the MPs insulted each other in coded polite language yet they insulted.

      Are the voters decent and informed enough to reject those behave indecently in private as well as in public? I will not be surprised if members demanded their right to bear arms inside the parliament given that Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa has indicated his desire to bomb the elected chamber.

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      Yes, totally agree with Douglas; this is a shameless Prime minister!

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      somass

      This is a brilliant idea.
      Thanks for keeping a complex issue brief.
      Keep up your good work.
      Let us sit down and speculate what it is.

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    God knows (if he exists) who is clean in the parliament. In the shouting parade, I saw grade 10 synthetic lawyer Namal with his red amuda lensuwa (loin cloth) around his neck shouting slogas. – the typical son of the most corrupted father. Wait until the dawn of the day to hear how MaRa and his men made mega commissions from Rs. 5400 billion in private placements during their 10 year reign of terror and corruption with impunity. Idiotic Ranil has no backbone to tighten the grip on those cases including MaRa’s case of siphoning 80 million US dollars from Tsunami funds through Helping Hambantota NGO set up by his right hand man – Willie Gamage.

    Too sad to see Maithree wooing MaRa, GoTa, Basil and cohorts who would have buried him alive had they had the chance at the last presidential election.

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    Put them behind bars
    Most of them are thugs do not have any qualifications.
    Whose fault is it

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    Tighten the rules of the house and publisise the Bond report……………..

    Ranil behaves like a Hyde Park trade Union participant.
    This is what happens when you are born with a silver spoon in the mouth.
    You naive to such fun taking place during the Youth.

    See how the foot note Senasinghe behave…. same way.

    Parliamentary democracy has not gone to the Dogs but certain Doga have entered the parliament through the Yahapalanaya lies…….. ratnam nadarajah.

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    Native Vedda: I agree that the voter has to bear the full responsibility. If the voters do know how to treat these bastards, in public and private, this situation could be corrected. That is why I am propagating a Public Awareness Programme to be conducted countrywide by social groups who are not self seekers of glory and personal benefits. But it would be a “Uphill” task; because these “Elite”; “Rich”; and some “Professionals”; “Religious Leaders” ; ” looters and criminals” are operating at all levels to prevent such a movement coming into being. Their main AIM is to keep the voters “Dependent” and prevent at any cost of them being made independent.

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      Douglas,

      Voters are dependent of the Politicians for what reason? People vote their representatives so that they can represented in the parliament and their voices have to be heard in national level. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the politicians should have degrees to do that. People do not need any lecturing on how to elect their representatives. It is the so called intellectuals like you who needs to be lectured on how politics work in the practical sense.

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      “Their main AIM is to keep the voters “Dependent” and prevent at any cost of them being made independent.”

      I completely agree with you. According to my Elders the crooked practice started with the advent of Siri Mao’s long march to Socialism, perhaps the shortest walk to disaster.

      This island as a whole has become dependent on many things. School admissions for a start, jobs promotions, protection from law – impunity, ………………. what is in it for me culture, ….

      “That is why I am propagating a Public Awareness Programme to be conducted countrywide by social groups who are not self seekers of glory and personal benefits.”

      Congratulation. It would be a long march. Make sure you have the stomach to withstand all adversities.

      Whatever you do, don’t let the enemies of the people feel victorious.
      You must be brave to embark on such a pilgrimage.
      Best wishes.

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        Douglas

        The above comment is a response to yours.

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    Easy win for the UNP.
    UNP votes never go to the SLFP
    Sirisena will come 3rd
    SLPP crooks will come second.
    70% of seats except in the deep south, will go to the UNP

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    amazing democracy of those who preach democracy. Just say, Parliament is wild animals, criminals, con-men. cone women, fraudsters and uneducated (uneducated in the sense, when they here the word bond, they remember only the James bond. they do not have the brain to go the Parliament Library and find what it is.). Most prominent members in the parliament are architects of the present Zoo like establshment in diyawanna Oya. but, they are struggling with thier life. they want to protect their jobs. they do not know anything else except cheating the public. they are paid heavily, with perks and benefits for this wild west shows. Ranil’s leadership is increase their allowances or salaries, so they will be silent.

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    Shaymon, what order to do you expect from a bunch of rowdies? They all should be put into a chamber and gassed by taking a leaf out of Heinrich Himmler’s German-SS field book that laid out on how to dealt with the enemies of the state.

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    Yes, tighten it, and let the Yahapalan gang clean up the village banks too.
    The following is quoted from a popular Website:
    “Obscene ostentation of Chichee sons surpassed..! Wristlet of Sirisena’s son in law is worth Rs. 8.8 million, waist belt is Rs. 6 million, and pair of shoes is Rs. 3 lakhs; whither SL?
    Both Y- leaders are doing well! Oh yeah!!

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    Ranil continues to show that the parliament is a joke. See how was trying to fool everybody for a second time by rewarding with polished language the same old stuff that everybody knows. So, pohottuwa people were calling him “HORA”. Was it wrong ?.

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      Jim softy Dimwit

      “Ranil continues to show that the parliament is a joke.”

      You got it wrong dimwit. Please stop insulting them.
      It is an assembly for rogues, thieves, rapists, war criminals, land grabbers, liars, fraudsters, racists, arsonists, rioters, redundant saffron clad bigots, ………………. persons committing all other criminal offences.

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    Thank you “CONDEMNEDLEZAPRICELESS.” You have a great idea. Gas the fellows while inside Parliament-Johny,Namal and all!

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    For hell’s sake comrade Jayasinghe, we should take this opportunity to herd this entire parliament of IRC’s (or the ideal Sinhala word – padahdaya) to Kataragama and dash them on the floor instead of coconuts. The Kataragama deities will be pleased for liberating our people from the clutches of these MARA yakka’s! There after, we can unite our country with our Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Christians and have a great Sri Lankan solidarity party where equal rights and laws for everyone. I think a true people’s revolution is long over due in this country. This revolution’s main objective must be to wipe out the entire political elite and end this fiasco for good.

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    Percy dated and pathetic

    Thanks
    Brilliant.

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      Stupid Tamil Vedda
      When Vedda applauds it is clear that he is squirming. Something has hurt him.possibly Tamil War Crimes ??

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    As Trump said why worry about “shit hole countries” . You are in the first world in Australia. Why worry about shitty politicians in Shit Hole countries. USA and Australia both will stop admitting people from shit-hole countries soon and only allow Aryan Migrants. US will do away with Green card lottery too. Why allow shit hole people with no skills into Western White Christian nations?

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    Douglas puts the blame on Ranil for the rowdy show. He is a Rajapakse stooge. Who started it all? Rajapakse vasalayas came ready to Parliament in order to disrupt the proceedings. They came with banners. Next time, they will come with knives or kinissee. Ranil made a stylish speech but the disrupters were not interested. They shouted hoarse “Ranil Hora.” Then Ranil thought this is like the Royal -Thomian and he began shouting for his side. That is all. Anything wrong, Duggy boy?

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