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How The UNP ‘Brand’ Suffered Over The Years

By Vishwamithra

Brand is not a product, that’s for sure; it’s not one item. It’s an idea, it’s a theory, it’s a meaning, it’s how you carry yourself. It’s aspirational, it’s inspirational.” – Kevin Plank

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What is the ‘brand’ of the United National Party (UNP)? How does the average villager identify the Party? With what does he associate the UNP? What comes to mind immediately upon the mention of these three letters, UNP? Have the decision-makers in the UNP paid any attention to these questions? For that matter has any political party in Sri Lanka addressed this issue at all? If a professional approach is adopted, not only in establishing a ‘brand’ for a political party but also in defining its basic parameters, its fundamental message and promise for the easy comprehension and digestion by the customer, the voter’s grappling with the unexpected and its orderly and successful management would be much less problematic and more rewarding.

As much as a product in the marketplace suffers a setback by customer-rejection, a political party also suffers rejection at the hands of the voter, literally. When the ‘brand’ of a product is damaged, it takes a long time to restore its original appeal to the consumer and unless timely and well-researched modus operandi is set in motion with professionals manning the operation, the brand’s ruin will be sure and might even be irretrievable. But however much a ‘brand’ goes through a tough time, when it comes to political parties, that quality of being able to be reborn as a new and fresh entity holds a special and unique place in the sequence of events. For example, when Indira Gandhi lost her elections in 1977, the Indian Congress Party’s brand had already taken a step back as Indira herself had formed her own Indira Congress (Congress I). Yet sometime later Indira managed to come back to power with swinging colors and the long term effects of sufferance for the brand of the Indian Congress did not hold.

Yet again, in the United States of America, the Republican Party’s ‘brand’ took a nosedive in the 2008 Presidential Elections, especially when the Party was led by George W Bush to an abysmal economic abyss at the end of his term by fighting two global wars, one against Afghanistan and the other against Iraq, virtually on a credit card. In order to maintain  US’ belligerent ‘hawkish brand image’ as a ‘global policeman’,  the Republican Party was engaged in an efficiently-executed affair in military terms but having disastrous consequences in civil sphere both in the US and Iraq. In fact amongst the many reasons Barak Obama was elected President after routing the Republicans in 2008,   was this chaotic war whose primary aims and motives were as dim and faintish as the receding mirages on the Middle-Eastern deserts. The Republican ‘brand’ suffered yet again due to some cruel and insensitive statements made against immigrants, both legal and illegal, and also women as a separate and identifiable segment of voters and policy postures adopted by some leading contenders on the Republican ticket.

Now let us discuss the local scene and the ‘brand’ of the Grand Old Party, the United National Party (UNP) in particular. What was the UNP ‘brand’ at time of its formation? The UNP was essentially the next logical extension of the Ceylon National Congress and those who dominated the thought, philosophy and action plan. Socially those who occupied the upper echelons of the Ceylon National Congress were English/foreign-educated, wealthy Brown Sahibs who argued that the country in general and its governance in particular was their exclusive right and privilege. It was they who were engaged in negotiations and talks with the British Raj at all stages when the country was a colony under the British rule. And when the universal franchise was granted to the Colony, it was this class of people who dominated the socio-political scenario in Ceylon.

Nevertheless, it would be more pertinent to discuss the brad-crashes rather than its sustenance and improvements. The UNP, having evolved over its storied history of sixty eight (68) years, could be broadly divided into the following phases when one discusses its ‘brand’:

  • 1946 – 1956, (1946 – 1953 and 1953 – 1956)
  • 1956- 1973
  • 1973- 1988
  • 1988 – 1994
  • 1994 to present day

1946 – 1956

From its birth up to the time of departure of Dudley Senanayake, the son of its founder in 1953, the UNP had a politically tolerant, socially elitist and on economic policies, capitalist ‘brand’. Religious intolerance and class jealousy were totally absent from the party’s ‘brand’, yet after Sir John took over the reins in 1953, its social ‘brand’ suffered so much that the debacle that befell its electoral performance nearly obliterated it from the political map of Sri Lanka. Transfer of power from the Senanayakes to the Kotelawalas gave the UNP’s brand a new name: Unge Nadayinge Pakshaya (Their Relatives’ Party, UNP). It took a long, long time to recover from this brand-crash and thanks mainly to the foresight of one person only, J R Jayewardene, the Party recovered fully to dominate the country’s political landscape from 1977 until 1988.

Though Dudley brought a firebrand of the caliber of R Premadasa to his fold, he still could not handle the infidelities and ingratitude of R Premadasa in the wake of the 1970 election defeat and Dudley took Premadasa’s pranks personally while J R took them as a challenge and identified in Premadasa an enormous ability in public speaking and his closeness to the average mass of people from amongst whom he really emerged from childhood. By bringing R Premadasa into the mainframe of the UNP, J R managed to paint a more charitable picture of the UNP as a more mass-friendly people’s party. With addition of Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali, Ronnie de Mel, Nissanka Wijeratne and Ranil Wickremesinghe, of whom both Gamini and Ranil were relatively very young, J R injected into the Party ranks, education and youth and the Party’s brand assumed totally a fresh and novel image and character and a new political dimension.

Yet in 1988, with R Premadasa assuming the office of Executive Presidency, the UNP brand took another near-irretrievable turn. The use and abuse of Executive Presidency took deep root; instead of running the country’s affairs via Cabinet and its inherent collective responsibility and consensual decision-making process, the country’s administration virtually became the personal domain of the President and his Secretariat run by personal loyalists of the holder of power. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunge and Mahinda Rajapaksa have taken many steps further by extending that Presidential Power to the Judiciary and other spheres of influence. Abolition of the Seventeenth (17th) Amendment and impeachment of the Ex-Chief Justice were direct manifestations of this deteriorating process.

In addition to the setback of the UNP ‘brand’ due to this method of governance, the failed impeachment process against President Premadasa brought forward by the then UNP stalwarts like Gamini, Lalith and Premachandra, proved a point to a devastating effect in that the impeachment motion brought against Premadasa was based on the alleged handing/selling of arms to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, an allegation which has not been used by the present rulers yet but surely would be made maximum capital out of, if and when its appropriateness occurs. However, even that brand-crash did not last long purely due to the fact that all  four politicians connected with the impeachment motion were not in the land of living and who were either gunned down or became victims of suicide bombings by that very party to whom Premadasa gave arms.

But the period between 1994 and present day is another story altogether. Taken in the context of a very polarized electorate charged with pseudo-patriotism and Mahawansa myths, the slightest political gaffe stated or committed by the UNP leader could be devastating to the Party as a whole and leader himself in particular. Ranil Wickremesinghe is caught up in this socio-political vortex. Additionally electoral defeats, one after another suffered by the Party since 1994 could be compared only to those suffered by Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike in the period between 1977 and 1994. Mrs. Bandaranaike suffered no less than 14 electoral defeats among which were eight Provincial Council Elections in the provinces.

Your brand is your promise to your customer. The UNP brand may have suffered badly but it still looks retrievable.  The actors and players who would play a more positive role in restoring that damaged brand would be the ultimate victors, not those who are trying to dig deeper and throw up dirtier mud; they belong only in the realm of the delusionary and deranged. If ever they succeed in destroying the soul of the party, then they too will be destroyed in the process.

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    This is common to any country where civil wars were fought. UNP will raise their head soon. In today´s context people are caught by just lies spread by incumbent. Nothing like JUSTICE and security are safeguarded to anyone that would raise their voice against the culprits in power.

    RW is the educated, cultured gentleman that the country has to give a lead to this nation. Even if some criticise him being unable to get on with thugs in power, but the very would not accuse him of being unfair or going against paragraphs (law and order). So I truly believe that people will realize the greater difference between RW and MR.
    MR is being criticised by their own ministers about being over corrupted; going beyond all records: it is reported that his maintenance charges a day costs the state nearl 90 000 lacks while that his predecessor was 200 times lesser. All these unnecessary wastages contain flight bookings for mammoth delegations similar to that of Zimbabwian president, as no other presidents did it since independenc. Even bollywood film making delegation keep coming to Switzerland hilltops are said to be not bigger than that of Mahinda Rajapakshe´s delegation to few countries now he has been dealing with. For no reasons, some ministers and MPs have been taken by him to those countries. So studying all these, now I realize why the poor to survive eating bitter guard – as reported in media.

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      Vishwamithra –

      UNP needs good leadership, not administrators.

      Why not recruit Anura Dissanayaka or Merge with JVP.

      JR, Cyril Mathew, and the 1983 Genocide….

      They have better leadership and better principles?

      JVP May Day Rally 2014 – Anura Dissanayake’s Speech

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0V7f1pSZ5k

      Published on May 2, 2014
      JVP May Day Rally 2014 – Anura Dissanayake’s Speech

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        Are you living on earth or moon ?

        AKD reiterated that no for any kind of coalitions.

        So now you come asking them to merge… how come .. ?
        Only way out would be achieve their goal thorugh CBK´s involvement. As Srilal and the few of this forum made very clear – CBK´s PA supporters + SF´s DP + UNP and several other small parties that are bitter against MR ´s radical policies have to build a coalition. If Rev Sobith would join CBK in that regard promising the nation that EP would be abolished within the first half of the year after the leader is elected, defeating MR and his thieves will become a reality.

        Educated lankens would never support MR policies again if they are adequately informed. This should work a tsunami wave in the months to come – is my wish and hope too.

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          No,no,no Amaraya is on earth or moon. He is on his way to hell.

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          Babanappu and mechanic (Avatars)

          “Are you living on earth or moon ? AKD reiterated that no for any kind of coalitions. “

          On Earth, rotating on its own axis, going around the Sun in an elliptical orbit just like the other planets, as found out by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, over 400 years ago.

          Only JVP seems to be actively agitating and getting people exposed to the tyranny of the Mara state. They are providing the excitement, holding May-Day rallies and informing people. Look at the voting numbers for JVP and the democratic party. It has gone up.

          CBK can certainly split the elderly SLFP supporters from the Mara. Every vote counts, and harmony in the opposition is certainly needed with a good common candidate is needed, to disband the Maras.

          The government, instead of solving problems, allows them to escalate and a good example for this is the incident that occurred at Alawwa Railway Station yesterday (20th) when passengers assaulted the engine driver said Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath.

          Speaking at a media conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (21st) Mr. Herath said, “By now the passenger transport sector has moved towards a national crisis. A large number of train passengers as well as bus passengers have become victims of this crisis. Even when relevant ministers are made aware of the issues they pay attention to other matters without attempting to find answers for the problems.

          The incident that occurred at Alawwa yesterday where engine drivers were assaulted is a reflection of this pathetic situation. A clash occurred between train commuters and Railway employees due to the reasons that simmer underneath in the system. The trains are fully crowded so that there is no space to breath properly. In such a situation when trains get late the passengers release their anger by assaulting Railway employees. What they did was to give vent to their anger without looking for the real reason.

          The JVP emphasizes that the government is responsible for this situation. What was experienced was the move of the government to escalate issues. There are maintenance issues, issues in the signal system and a dearth of railway engines that are not in proper running order in the Department of Railways. The Minister and his henchmen did not pay attention to these issues. The signals system is outdated and is in a dilapidated condition.

          New technology has not been used. Also, financial situation and breakdown of administration have intensified the crisis. Funds annually allocated for the Department of Railways are spent for propaganda projects of the minister and the government. One such example is the ‘Dayata Kirula’ pageant. Following statistics explains the real situation in the sector. 684 guards are needed to sun the railways properly. However, there are only 370 at present. (There are 326 vacancies). Despite 482 engine drivers are needed, there are only 354. (128 vacancies). 50 Grade 1 station Masters are needed for the system. There is only one at present. The system also needs 5254 Technical Officers. There are only 2636 at present. 8603 Asst. Technical Officers are needed for the system. However, only 5238 serve at present.

          A train with 5 compartments should have one guard. If there are more than five compartments there should be two guards. The train that crashed at Pothuhara had 12 compartments, two engines and was run as a special inter-city train. Only a 65 year old guard serving on contract basis was on duty in this train. In the end engine drivers are blamed. The Minister made the reckless statement that passengers will take the situation into their hands if the situation doesn’t improve. What emerged at Alawwa was the consequence of this statement. The passengers released their pressure on the Railway employees. The Ministry should be responsible for the property of the Department, the passengers as well as its employees. Not only trains, even ships that are anchored clash with each other at present.

          Government ministers, without providing basic facilities for the masses, are engaged in election campaigns of their offspring. The policy of creating clashes between employees and masses without removing the real reasons for issues should be immediately stopped. We saw at Wilpattu Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen, who was responsible for the incident, and organizations that were against the act were allowed to clash and the President followed a silent policy. What should have been done was to mediate immediately and solve the issue. Instead, an opportunity was created for a communal clash. The clash between midwives and nurses is a similar manipulation. Both nurses and midwives want to serve the masses well. The government, however, doesn’t support this good intention but allows them to clash with each other and looks on. Before receiving the presidency of the World Health Organization the issues between nurses and midwives should be resolved. Ministers and governments that are not able to do so would not serve any purpose. Their getting chairman’s or president’s posts of world bodies would not serve the masses. The government should solve issues in this country. A clash has been allowed to develop between Allied Health Services and Government Medical Officers Association. Clashes between former pupils and parents of pupils in schools all over the country have been allowed to develop. This is how government’s policy is implemented. The government has allowed issues to escalate and pays its attention to vulgarization of the economy with large scale casinos and the underworld. A large number of commuters are severely inconvenienced daily. We have drawn attention to these issues often. There was plenty of time to find solutions. As this is not a government that listens to people’s views, we could never expect any solutions. We demand the government to find solutions for the issues immediately. The genuine issues behind the clashes between commuters and employees should be solved.”

          http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6956:govt-follows-policy-of-allowing-issues-to-escalate-a-manipulate-masses-to-clash-with-each-other-jvp-&catid=36:top-stories&Itemid=124

          Govt. follows policy of allowing issues to escalate & manipulates masses to clash with each other – JVP
          WEDNESDAY, 21 MAY 2014 23:08 1 COMM

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    It was not RW´s failure that the UNP faces the problems today.

    Over the decades, UNP powerful leaders were killed and got killed by LTTE bombs.

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      Yet UNP came back to power in 2002, just after 8 years in opposition. What contributed to the current situation is the arrogant and dangerous peace process of Ranil and the irresponsible stand they took regarding the war effort.

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    The brand of UNP is relatively honest and decent despite its lack of appeal to the masses. It is a difficult question as to whether it should abandon its values and dabble in racism in order to gain popularity.

    However sooner or later the masses will realise that they are being taken for a ride and vote against the dynasty. People are begining to feel the pinch of unsustainable govt policies, waste and extravagance. The security state is infringing on the rights of ordinary people in the south. The demise of the UPFA brand will mean the rise of the UNP.

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      Ibrahim Shafaz Abdul Razzaq (Safa). Is that you?

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    This is common to any country where civil wars were fought. UNP will raise their head soon……. Provided they distance themselves from the GAY Brand..

    The brand of UNP is relatively honest and decent despite its lack of appeal to the masses…………. because Tamils love it as they demarecated the Eelam boundaries with No Fuss and they only dip into the pockets of Norway only created by ex- Prime Minister Bondevik.

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    Looking back at the History of Politics in this country, the UNP as a party had secured the trust and confidence of a majority people in the country. It is for that reason that the UNP secured a higher percentage of vote, even when they were defeated in 1956 and 1977. It is no secret that the leadership of the UNP, by and large consist of the Western educated elite in society and the voters who constitute over 90% are the poor, from the urban and the rural arears. Yet the majority voters have so far reposed their trust in the UNP rather than in those representing the SLFP and the Left Parties who have identified themselves with the ordinary folk, many of whom have risen from the ordinary masses to be the richest in this country today, claiming they know the pulse of the masses better. Their hearts bled for the poor till they came to power and today they are ruthless and seemingly dishonest compared to the Leadership of the UNP who have always remained benevolent and Honest, except for the time the party was led by Premadasa/Sirisena Cooray gang. The UNP from the inception is the only party that had contributed to development of the country and the masses to uplift them opening vast reserves of land given to the poor of this country and water for irrigation, whereas the SLFP led govts have been always involved in trying to destroy the vote base of the UNP which has been their main concern. Even today if not for the corrupt practices of abusing Govt machinery 100%, the Election Commissioner’s office, the Police, the Forces and the Judiciary for their election campaigns, the UNP will romp home comfortably. Therefore it is creditable for the UNP with all odds against the party including the number of victories they boast of, from ’94 to date they have won as mentioned above, drumming that the UNP can not win, yet the UNP making it’s presence felt is indeed an achievement and credit to the Party leadership in spite of the leg pulling from the members within, set up by the Corrupt Executive. Therefore what is important to reflect the true will of the people is to have the Independent Commissions under the 17th Amendment and the Elections to be held under a caretaker govt. I fail to understand why the Rajapaksas who boast that they are popular can not agree to hold elections under such impartial conditions. This alone proves that they are unable to win if a free and fair election is held in the country. The biggest expectation the masses are craving for today, is to establish Law and Order in the country and to prevent the waste and robbery of the public funds by the Corrupt Family in power. Everyone knows under RW there will be no corruption and there will be Law and Order in the country.

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      What a load of BS you have written. “the UNP will romp home comfortably.” Man, you cannot be living here in Sri Lanka.

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        Most of the remaining UNPers are living near the clouds. That’s why we see government loosing votes but UNP gaining none.

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        Bola-wathie, why are you also a contender spreading for MR like Pavithra Wanniarachchi? No wonder you see everything as Bull Shit when you feast on Pig Shit.

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          It’s amazing why gaminiya loves to hang-on to Ranil, Mangala and co. I bet the bugger [Edited out]

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        wathie,
        Of course gamini is right. UNP will romp home. Not parliament but home.

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    replace the Elephant symbol with a cat….miow.

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    Why, people ask? why? Why can’t a popular and populist young MP from Hambantota take the helm of the GOP? Every time Sajith seems so close to getting the leadership it is sabotaged. Why is this columnist and other columnists unable to write about the gigantic Gorilla in the room? Is it because the name of the Gorilla is the ‘Govigama caste and the Siyam Nikaya’?

    The UNP establishment and influential parts of the Buddhist clergy would rather embrace Hindutva, than see a man from the ‘Hina’ caste assume leadership of the UNP and possibly leadership of the country. ’89 to ’92 was an aberration, whose repeat is to be avoided at all costs.

    The SL electorate is not that complicated and the UNP is not in need of re-branding and deep analysis. Something that the Rajapakse’s know only to well. Just appeal to the base/visceral instincts of the electorate and they will give you a mandate.

    The winning combination is Sinhala with a Buddhist outlook and of the Govikula.

    But HUSH!!!! speak not about of it. Lets us pretend that cast is not a factor. Pretending is such wonderful Sri Lankan quality no?

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      The reason for Sajith not being suitable for leader ship has nothing to do with his caste. It is his education or the lack of one and the deceit he himself propagated about having a university degree which has now been debunked in this very forum. If that were not enough he has displayed a tragic lack of intelligence time and again. Combine this with his thuggish attitude and foul mouth used behind close doors to abuse those in the party who get in his way and you have recipee for disaster. I think the voter would not want MR2 to take over from MR. That would not be a choice but an insult.

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    You can talk about a party brand in an ideal world. However, Sri Lanka is the opposite of an ideal democracy. In elections held under the UPFA all ,manner of corrupt practices are used to get votes. Bribery with booze, cash, white goods such as gas cookers are offered. Money is no objective. Voter registers are purged of poor UNP voters and/or they are driven away from the voting booths on election day. Towards the end of the voting day all those who have not voted get their votes stuffed illegally. Elections returning officers are threatened and the police told to look the other way. These are in addition to unbridled use of all state machinery to conduct the elections including bath dansalas at Temple trees. So the UNP keeps up the fight in spite of these corrupt and diabolical acts. Ever wonder where the UNP finds the money to fight its own campaigns? Remember what was done to Daya Damage’s profit making businesses for the mare fact the he was a major funder for the UNP election campaigns? What about the cross overs based on multi million rupee bribes, promises/threats for MPs with criminal charges that then just disappear once they cross over? There is an abysmal shortage of educated experienced professionals who would dare take up politics in the current political climate. Appreciate the few who have and keep going against all odds for they do not have to.

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    Will the Cameron, Harper , Pillai Troika succeed in their hidden agenda to destabilize the country, dismantle the current Regime and put Ranil in Government?..

    Rail, Mangala and Karu Jayasooriya , the heavy weights of the Christian faction who are now in the West surely wouldn’t be meeting with the UN hierarchy to plead for the withdrawal of Pillai’s Resolution.

    It would be more f like putting logistics and resources in place for Ranil’s recently announced mass protests through out the country and mobilize the poor masses , if the No Confidence Motion fails.

    That is the major issue facing our great majority of the inhabitant population.

    This majority couldn’t careless , whether Ranil’s brand is damaged or become obsolete.

    It has gone past the use by date since Ranil gave Prabakara NE on plate..

    We have to be thankful to Prabakaran for rejecting it.

    Even after the Elite and the Western stooges tried to impeach his loving Dad , Keselwatta Kid is still going behind them.

    And it is puzzling to the great majority of the inhabitants.

    Can he ever get the Elite to love him?..

    He is only trying to hoodwink the poor rural masses, hoping he will get the plum job.

    English speaking Elite will never allow Keselwatta Kid to become the President even if the UPFA get rolled in an election in future, which is highly unlikely,

    The great majority of the inhabitant population who now live in peace and harmony are aware that the UNP Regime will divide the country, exactly the same way Ranil tried to do when he was the PM last time.

    They also know that all the great infrastructure which have been put in place by this Govt will be sold to Westerners under Privatization, as they did with Sathosa and other Govt entities.

    If the inhabitants think that they are doing it hard now, it will be many times worse if these UNPers grab power..

    Iraq, Libya and Syria are too visible and recent for our inhabitants not to notice or ignore.

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    It is true that there are massive social changes taking place in the country. It is for the leaders to understand them and adjust their policies to suit the situation. This happens in every country and in each period. On the other side Ranil as I see is a man who thinks the world should change to suit his thinking and personality.His type is the all knowing brahmin.He thinks better than everybody. He is more decent than every body. He is more honest than everybody.
    But the voters reject him at every election.
    Ranil thought he had the LTTE under control. He wanted to use CJ Sarth Silva for his plans. He though he could use Sarath Fonseka.When we see the people around him it is not surprising that Ranil is so alienated.They are all waiting for their chance to make more money. The UNP brand was people friendly. It had clear attractions . Now under Ranil they are hoping only for a protest vote. There is no leadership. Does anyone believe that the UNP under Ranil is a winner !

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    What made UNP lose votes considerable is their attitude towards seperatist forces. Specially the leniency shown by RW during 01-02 was disastrous.

    But i think we need ranil back.

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      We can make Ranil win, it is time for some serious change but we simply cannot make the separatist agenda win. We didn’t ask Ranil to arrogantly cling to the unreasonable and dangerous power devolution ideals.

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        we will have to go for a power devolution, no matter it is MR or Ranil. We cant let the economy to go down like this.

        MR – poor economy, tough on seperatism
        Ranil – good economy, leneint on seperatism……..but the war is over. And what we need is winning back tamil public.

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    If you want the tree to grow back to it’s former glory then you must chop off all the dead branches on it and allow new shoots to come up…there’s no other way..

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    Say what you will but facts do not lie. Ranil has not lead the UNP to victory for a good decade. The UNP voter base has dramatically shrunk. Yes they have some reminiscence of influence in some provinces but not like it used to. There is a power struggle within the party. The party has lost good lot of its major players. It is not the party it used to be. Ranil being its leader, should do what a leader does and accept responsibility instead blaming every Tom Dick and Sajith. Ranil and his fellows cronies seem to be living in bubble.

    People can whine about MR’s autocracies but the sad fact is MR is in power and Ranils not. The way it is going MR will be in power for a long time. MR has acquired massive amounts of power and influence through unfavorable methods but nonetheless he is in power. Thats what makes a good politician, willing to do what you have to make sure you win, you have the power and you are in charge. He might not be an admirable politician or a ideal politician but you have to give it to him how he manipulates and deceives his way to power is what makes him a good politician and Ranil a weak politician.

    Those are the facts. In the game of politics you play to win. and MR sadly is the winner.

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      Finally an unbiased article from an intelligent UNP er. Well written sir !

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