24 September, 2018

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Open Letter To The UNP Hierarchy; If You Want A Change, Change The Context

By Vishwamithra

Life does not change if you only modify the content, your life will change if you will dare to alter the context. ~ Santosh Kalwar

In my previous column I emphasized the need for any political party, if it were to be successful, to name its candidate well ahead of time. However, I do repeat my argument so that its appeal to the reader is surpassed by its urgency to the one leader who has shown some remarkable ability to keep ahead of his followers by avoiding doing just that. The need to retain the leadership of the United National Party (UNP) seems to play an integral part in the political calculus of Ranil Wickremesinghe. On last two occasions, 2009 and 2015, Ranil displayed that inner craving. In 2009 he opted for Sarath Fonseka, a total outsider not only to the UNP but to politics altogether, while in 2015 he chose Maithripala Sirisena a one-time UNP hater from Polonnaruwa, which was a UNP bastion during the golden era of the UNP-rule, when the lucrative benefits of the Mahaweli Programs were flowing to that ancient land.

On both those occasions, if his judgment was not to nominate himself, Ranil could have effortlessly nominated a second-tier UNPer for the Presidential race. Either Karu Jayasuriya or a younger candidate such as Sajith Premadasa may have had a fighting chance to win the election. In 2009, Karu Jayasuriya was the assured choice the UNP would have fielded, but in 2015 the context was quite different. The trio of Ranil-Chandrika-Venerable Sobitha came into the scene and selected Maithripala Sirisena, who by that time had realized that the horrendous rule of the Rajapaksas had to be defeated. In the aftermath of both these elections, the rank and file of the UNP did not have to say anything remotely close to complementary towards Ranil Wickremesinghe. The number of traditional UNP supporters who did not go to the polling booth was more than sufficient to defeat the opponent had they opted to vote! Yet the net result of the strategy conceived and executed by Ranil Wickremesinghe was successful in that he managed to remain the leader of the UNP.

But today’s context is different. The UNP is in power. It is more than likely that the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena would not be a common candidate of any coalition that the UNP will be associated with. In such a positive scenario, the announcement of its candidate by the UNP leadership is seen as a usual routine. Unlike past leaders of the UNP, Ranil Wickremesinghe is being perceived by his own rank and file as a doubtful winner. His past performance is not very attractive. His lack of charisma and inability to be a sought-after national speaker in the vernacular is woefully noticeable. The leader of a nationally reputed political party such as the United National Party has had in its storied past some magnificent speakers of the caliber of Dudley Senanayake, JR Jayewardene, R Premadasa, Gamini Dissanayake and Lalith Athulathmudali. Among them R Premadasa can be classified as one of the best ever Sinhala Speakers in Sri Lanka. Only Rohana Wijeweera would match Premadasa as a mob orator. The wherewithal of such oratorical skills is the most demanded product in an election time. People would trek miles to listen to such an orator.

Ranil Wickremesinghe could still overcome this deficiency. If only he tries to portray an image of strength, decisiveness and allegiance to truth and facts, by delivering a calm and stern speech, he could avert this decisive disadvantage. If necessary, he might have to recruit another speechwriter whose fidelity to the needs and demands of grassroots elements in the country. Great orators are not born. They are always made. One unique example is R Premadasa. In his speeches, he had gone to the extent of noting in his written speech as to where he had to pause, at the end of which sentence he had to remove his spectacles etc. for the dramatic effect such gestures would entail. Churchill used to practice his speeches in the toilet before a mirror. Speechifying, or for that matter all politics, is drama and theatre. Ranil Wickremesinghe has to adopt the positive aspect of that drama and theatre. Of the two elements of any oration, content and delivery, the average man is moved more by the delivery than the content. When one lacks in delivery, he or she has to make do with the content. Ranil has to be more consistent with the content of his speeches. Continuing on the same lane would eventually take him to a political cul-de-sac and he would have nowhere to turn.    

If, on the contrary, he opts to adopt a more forward-looking and aggressive posture, I once agin iterate, he has a fighting chance in the coming Presidential Elections. But in the absence of any evidence that he would make such adjustments, both the second tier and the rank and file of the party will keep hoping and praying for ‘anyone but Ranil Wickremesinghe’ choice.

Being preoccupied with the next election is no evil; it is not a political sin to organize for the next election, especially in case of a government power. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s generation is waning; in the twenty first century, it’s spending its last lap in life. Two generations have come to the political stage since the 1977 J R-led UNP victory. Those two generations cannot remember JR, Premadasa, Gamini or Lalith.  For those two generations, print media is an anachronism; the predominance of the social media has changed life and the direction in which average socio-political dynamic taking them; it’s unpredictable as any other social transformation in human history.

A generational thinking, that is as supple and susceptible to the vagaries of social and cultural spectacles such as fundamentalism in religious action and adherence to the fringes of the political spectrum, is waiting in the wings of sustainable change. That is the ultimate challenge facing the UNP leader. Prime Ministerial powers have not been able to allure an intellectually curious and politically probing generation. Waiting until the proverbial ‘eleventh hour’ would only exacerbate an utterly volatile situation. The popular belief that Ranil Wickremesinghe would be anyway contented even if the UNP loses, by being the Leader of the Opposition is a myth; a political party in Opposition is much more prone to divisions and inside fighting so as to challenge its leadership and come aftermath of a potential UNP loss in 2020, the UNP would be disseminated into pieces.

That is why Ranil Wickremesinghe should realize, once and for all, that delaying the announcement is a lose-lose option, firstly for Ranil Wickremesinghe and secondly for the United National Party and eventually for the country. He has to make that announcement as an official statement of the Party, not through intermediaries or unacceptable emissaries. If not himself, Sajith, Navin or Karu, let it be announced now. Then his successor has sufficient time to launch and execute a successful campaign.

Fundamentals of politics have not changed. Prime among those fundamentals are content and process. Tactics as to how the content is phrased and nuanced could be changed. They need to adjust and adapt themselves to be changed. In the same vein, the process and the need for a solid and fundamentally sound process is a fundamental for a developing society. Whatever the character the process takes, whether it’s authoritarian, democratic or by royal decree, a need for a process does not change. 

So, what is that content and what is that process by which the content is delivered to the people who ultimately decide in a democratic society? While the structure of a process is being built by the UNP, the ‘leader’ which is an essential and integral part of that content still remains a core issue in the UNP. That burning desire of the people to discover the next leader or deliverer is second only to the desire to come to power as one single unit which is the Party, UNP.

Today that content includes among others, Sajith Premadasa and Navin Dissanayake in the lead. The UNP grassroots may be having an inclination towards Sajith on the grounds that he has been more overtly active, especially among the Buddhist clergy in the country. Yet he has not been recognized as a great orator on the one hand, and on the other, his inability to criticize the Rajapaksas and the blatant absence of his rhetoric on nationally urgent issues has contributed to him being considered as ‘not-yet-tested’ category.

On the other hand Navin Dissanayake catapulted himself to the leadership ranks thanks mainly to the 65% of the votes he received from amongst Working Committee members of the Party and the immense faith and trust the Party higher-ups had for his father Gamini Dissanayake. Sajith’s father, President Premadasa, died when his popularity was on a downward trend, thanks mainly to the aborted impeachment issue, while Gamini’s demise occurred when he was on his way to the ‘summit’ as the UNP Presidential candidate. That is exactly why I say that, in politics, it’s all context that matters above everything else.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com                              

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    RW was considered as Mr Clean and he managed to get substantial number of votes due to that. But, he himself got that changed to Mr Dirty with the help of Mahendras and Rajapakses. No further hope with him for the UNP. Navin ……………………………..would……………..be…………..ok!

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      What sort of tosh has this fellow Wishwa cooked up?!
      Bond scam Ranil Wickramasinghe who looted the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, ( the courtry’s most important financial Institution), must be impeached and jailed.
      RW should share a prison cell with his SLFP friends Mahinda Jarapassa, Basil, Gota Jarapassa and Ravi K off course.

      Ranil knows the magnitude of the crime and is cultivating a culture of Impunity for Financial crimes and war crimes, and that is why he is afraid to name the next UNP Prezidntial candidate!

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    Ranil must know that his party has disappointed the people. Why isn’t he doing something to change that, so that a reformed party might stand a better chance rather than focusing on his own power, and selfishly putting himself over the party and country? The problem with our Sri Lankans leaders is that they are all about themselves and not the people and country. If the past regime, who are a bunch of corrupt scoundrels and even killers, come back into power, the nation can thank Ranil and his party for their stupidity.

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    “Sirasa Political Clip” the other day even used Giggling Monkeys in Space Suits, to reinforce Dr Ranil’s Goose Bumps pumping speech in Baddegama.
    But Dr Ranil was nor impressed .. Not because they used Monkeys.
    Because the Journalists in Colombo have never ever reported even one of his Yahapalana Achievements,, thundered Dr Ranil at the Lectern……
    Although the Journos had listed several at the end of the Clip . all in Bold Good Sinhala.
    And here is the Translation.
    * Dr Ranil helping his Family Friend to Pull Off the Bond Robbery
    * Allowing the High Way Minister to collect Santhosams to the tune of Billions by rigging the Contractors and the Contracts of the Central Highway to Maligawa.
    * Allowing his mates in Srilankan Airline to pay the Lease Company nearly USD 100 Million, to say sorry for signing the contract to buy the most Efficient New Generation Passenger Aircraft in the World.
    And the journs say there are others which they couldn’t accommodate because it is a short ” clip”…

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    Vishvamitra is a strange creature. He appreciates ‘oratory’ – loud mouthed, fast delivired, hateful, confrontational humbug for crowd pleasing or fooling with no regard to logic or facts.
    If you ask me I very much appreciate the calm and composed ways of R.Sambandan, Eran Wickramanayake and Navin Disanayake. The problem with Ranil is he is silly and idiootic in his speech on stage while extremely cunning and crafty in backstage manipulations. Vishvamitra has taken a devil for God – J.R..Jayawardene.

    Soma

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      soma

      Disanayake, you mean the the son of Dutta Gamani, (the chief arsonist according to Premadasa and the biggest hora of his time according to JR) who wrote letters in English to defend the neck slicing Brigadier.

      Do you know there are at least 18 Telungu Nayakes in the parliament.
      His dad Dutta Gamani was too close to the Hindians in Nerw Delhi. What do you think about the son?

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        Dear Native,
        He also looks like one of them., sucking up to Dr Ranil big time.
        No guts to even mention a challenge let alone challenging.
        Can’t say he is a Chip off the Old Block…
        In contrast that other dude who is the grand son of the real Sinhala Buddhist Leader of the UNP looks not only the part, but acts it too.
        Wasantha is the real deal my friend.
        He thinks out of the box. Does not want Homelands based on Ethnicity and the Money.
        He wants a fair go for everyone living in self ruling Districts.
        Bloody marvelous ..
        What do you reckon?…

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          Thanks for introducing Wasantha Senanayake as a future Sinhala/Buddhist leadership material. The country has no respite from racist rulers though this man has a number of progressive policies.

          ” He wants a fair go for everyone living in self ruling Districts.”

          The right balance should be between economy of scale and complete devolution of powers. Therefore Federal system is the best solution.

          People should be free of the central power which always want more powers to control the masses. There will come a time when people may have to apply for permission to go to the toilet, have sex, …… open mouth to eat, what to read, …………………. In your case you want a dictator or saffron clad thug to tell you when, where, with whom and how to make love.

          Can’t these people find jobs outside government?

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            Dear Native, It is not the Economy of Scale mate.
            It must be based on the Density of the Inhabitant Population.
            The biggest threat to our inhabitants going forward is the lack of housing and the land to sustain their existence….
            We can not let them and their future generations live under Hindians or even Chinese surviving on the Crumbs the the Foreigners throw at them.
            I have no probs with Federal States.
            It must be Four or Five Max, not Nine Wigneswarans controlling the Land with their own Police….Get it..
            Education, Health, National Security and Internal Policing should be controlled at the National Level by Leaders and Ministers Elected by the whole population.
            Not by Fonsekas and Soysas, and Bandas and other Patholayas picked by Dr Ranil or even Maharaja..

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              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              “It must be based on the Density of the Inhabitant Population.”

              If that is the criteria you want to rely upon why don’t you relocate them to Alaska, Arctic, Siberia, Sahara, Antarctica, Thar Desert, Neveda, ……………………

              This is not about equitable distribution of resources its all about evil intentions of greedy racist Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

              “The biggest threat to our inhabitants going forward is the lack of housing and the land to sustain their existence….”

              In the past 40 or so years the population of Tamils has been substantially reduced because either the clamoring Sinhala/Buddhists fascists killed them or chased them out of the country with a lot of support from Hindians and your little Pol Pot VP. It now appears that the Sinhala/Buddhists have been proactive at procreation.

              The state must now consider introducing compulsory one child policy among the Sinhala/Buddhists rather than relocating the unwanted surpluses to other productive areas. One should not shift a problem to another area just to clean the area where the problem originated.

              The population in 1881:
              Sinhalese 1,846,600 – 66.91%
              Tamils ……. 687,200- 24.90%
              Moors ……….. 184,500 – 6.69%

              The population in 2011
              Sinhalese 15,250,081- 74.90%
              Tamils ……. 2,269,266 – 11.15%
              Indian Tamils … 818,656 – 5.51%
              Moors ……….. 1,892,638 – 9.30%

              The Sinhala population has substantially increased from 66.91% to 74.90% about 8%.

              Think about it.

  • 3
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    Sri Lanka is lost in crafty politics of UNP; SLFP and MR groups.
    So bad politics.

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    Not sure if we need to lecture anyone if we are expatriates. If we still live, work and thrive in Sri Lanka it is another matter. Daya or no daya we do not need to lecture people if we fled Sri Lanka for economic benefits or for political reasons.

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      You got it mate..
      Obviously You are not one of those who use the 70’s ID to get concessional rates to Sigiriya .
      And 11.5 % Interest on our locals Ruppiah accounts…
      And lecture to our 5 Million Inhabitants who live on Two & a Half Dollars a Day…

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        Just forget your selfish rants.
        Your cousins in Kerala have hit very hard by the freak weather.
        Aren’t you going to send them some relief stuff, at least a token gesture?

        They are your relatives.
        Remember you need them in New Delhi, some of them are very powerful policy makers. Next time around when the island is in trouble they are the ones who send everything from A to Z.

        What is Subramanian Swamy doing in Colombo with Namal Baby and his crooked war criminal dad?

        Is he there to seek support for Gota as MR seems to contemplate his future move to contest next presidential elections. Subramanian Swamy may have come all the way from Delhi to stop Dr Mahinda from contesting his 4th presidential election.

        Beware Hindians bearing gift.

        Did you know Dr Mahinda was the first leader to sent condolences to Dr Kaleinger Karunanithy’s family. Do you know why? Is it because both are thought to be Telungu descendant.

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          Native Vedda

          “What is Subramaniam Swamy doing here?” Good question that will engage the interest of die-hard Sinhala nationalists. The latest we gather is The Mafia Family has fallen foul in some of the monthly payments for their Man in Delhi. So then? No point in blaming the LTTE having paid “monthly salaries” to their agents in Tamilnadu during their heydays.. But surely did’nt the deposed Harvard Don know the Rajapakses have a poor record when it comes to monetary obligations. BTW, it is time the Medamulana mobsters learn Swamy himself suffers a poor track record in his political promises in deal-making among many parties in India. This amounts to what Jeffrey Archer was to speculate in his best-seller – Honor among Thieves? Aiyo Samy!!!!

          Kettikaran

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          Dear Native,
          Karuna Nidhi…
          Wonder whether our Karuna is on Siesta as well.
          Because your Diaspora mates vowed to get Dr Ranil to poke a rod in our Karuna as well, for helping the Sinhalese.
          What happened?.
          Anyway my son was in Kerala last week as a guest at a Wedding.And they were having a Ball.
          And I heard Modi is building Houses even for the Dalits in Badulla now.
          And my Elders tell me Hindians built 50,000 Houses for War Widows as well.
          What can our poor Lankans give Keralites when you lot boast about how advanced the Hindians are making even Teslas to drive in Bangalore.
          Haven’t you read that UN Report on Poverty in Lankawe?.
          Mate, you got to take time out from reading Dr Ranil, Dr Eran & Dr Harsha’s Economic Theses .And studying Mllika and Kabir’s Economic Models on STFA and ETCA 24/7…

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            KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

            “Anyway my son was in Kerala last week as a guest at a Wedding.And they were having a Ball.”.

            I am glad your son is visiting his cousins in Kerala. You too must renew your relationship with your relatives in South India.

            “What can our poor Lankans give Keralites when you lot boast about how advanced the Hindians are making even Teslas to drive in Bangalore.”

            Its the thought that counts.
            Send the keralites some kitul Jaggery as a token gesture they will love it with their pittu or appa.

            What is the point in reading reports from all corners when we deal with complete idiots in this forum?

            I have this nagging question. Do you know which part of India did Bandula Jayasekere’s ancestors come from?

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    Vishwamithra: I have read your presentations ; but sorry to say this presentation does not measure up to the standards you maintained so far. Why? You address the “UNP Hierarchy”. That itself is wrong. What is the “Hierarchy” of UNP?. There is NOTHING of that sort in UNP. You know when Ranil W changed it’s Constitution to enable him to be the “Unchallenged” Chairman of that party, how he was “Supremely” assisted by the then President and the Leader of the SLFP and the ULPF. I am directing your attention to that “Protest” planned to be staged in front of the Sirikotha at Kotte. The then President MR gave a “Helping Hand” to Ranil W to effect that change in the Constitution of the UNP by “Closing” that stretch of road in front of Sirikotha on the pretext of “Repairing” that particular part of the road. Since the “Successful” change of the UNP Constitution, there is NO “Hierarchy” of UNP other than that of “ONE MAN” and, that is Ranil W. Next, you also forget that while being in the UNP leadership, this man Ranil W lost some 21 elections and that also when the Governments run by his “Rival” political party was playing and running riots in Government affairs. This fact was correctly identified by Rev. Sobitha and other Civil Groups who looked for a “Common Candidate”, other than Ranil W to bring down the “Tyrannical ” Regime of MR. Next, this man Ranil W never, ever, wanted or intended to BUILD a “Next In Line” for leadership in the UNP and mark my word, he will never allow that to happen until his “Departure”. Do I need to trace the history of this man Ranil W from the day he was introduced to politics by his uncle JRJ? A large “Majority” named him “Mr. Clean”

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    Vishwamitra, the denial of opportunity for the likes of Imtiaz Bakeer Markar to become a front bencher was to deny the UNP the opportunity to become a strident voice in parliament. Imtiaz as you may know was a fine orator in sinhala during his schooldays.

    Had the UNP the likes of Imtiaz, Buddhika Pathirana and Sajith in its front row and put to pasture the derelicts they now have, they would have ensured they were well heard in parliament and beyond.

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    “The trio of Ranil-Chandrika-Venerable Sobitha came into the scene and selected Maithripala Sirisena, who by that time had realized that the horrendous rule of the Rajapaksas had to be defeated.”
    ——————
    If President Rajapakse listened to Gotabhaya and gave the PM post to Sirisena, he would never have thought Rajapakse rule was horrendous and should be defeated. If he got the PM post, he would have kept on saying ‘Maha Rajano’ to President Rajapakse!

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      This is wrong.

      From the day one on, Mr Sirisena as Health Minister had been different.

      Recalling one of the interveiwe I happened to follow then on a pvt sender, Mr Sirisena had been very different to other minsters. He was though silent, as usual, but made effort to deliver maximum. Of course as a team player, he too was tamed by Rajakashe rascal group to please them loudly not as much as to the manner Mervin did, but to someextent. That was the case all along in the rajapkshe rascal governance. That was thephilosphy.. ballige putha should have been kept above the altar.. typical Rajakshe stupid behavouir.
      He is a reascal and he will die as a rascal. All is not yet revealed abou tthe real face of the rascal. I have no doubt, the bugger and the family would end up to the very same manner we got to see in Napoli… the nemesis of Gadafi.

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      Eagle Eye

      “If he got the PM post, he would have kept on saying ‘Maha Rajano’ to President Rajapakse!”

      Is that what Mahinda kept saying to Chandrika when he was appointed as the Prime Minister in 2004?

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    How about a wild card like “Thalatha Athukorala”? Having a woman might change people’s perception. I certainly am open to a strong woman candidate. But being a woman doesn’t guarantee success. Examples are, our useless CBK or worse her disastrous socialist mother Sirimavo. Even our Rosie madam is spending millions of public funds to refurbish her official residence not to mention the kidnapper Hirunika. Da ***k? Some other possible UNP candidates would be “Gayantha Karunathilaka”, “Buddhika Pathirana”, “Akila Viraj Kariyawasam”, “Harin Fernando” and “Harsha De Silva”. “Daya Gamage” is a very wealthy man so he also might be an option since the urge to loot the country’s wealth like others might be much less. I still think Sajith and Navin are the front-runners. Some people have suggested “Sarath Fonseka”, but I think he has too much blood on his hands and too many controversies. Remember, during the war it was not only MR & GR who were accused of war crimes. I still think the UNP has a good future if the moron gang of RW, Ravi-K, Mangala and their ilk step aside. By contrast, the SLPP is solely based on the Rajapaksha band name and GR is the only one capable of being president. I am not at all a fan of the JVP. Socialists make me very nervous. Even in a recent interview with the Daily Mirror, a JVP member admitted their goal is to eliminate the “Profit incentive”. The usual magic socialists use to achieve this is to rip-off your wealth and put you in a Gulag. Just ask Stalin, Mao, and their ilk. And NO! Nordic countries are NOT socialist. They are fundamentally capitalist, with social redistribution policies. So, Mr. RW, you get to decide the fate of many us.

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    The destruction of Srilanka is caused by the much in abundance of pseudo-philosophers who are very good at articulating without understanding or believing or committed to what they say or write. Simply kicking dust in the air.

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    The whole purpose of Ranil’s so called political career is to make others look good.

    As long as Ranil leads the UNP the PA will look good. When Ranil was PM he made the LTTE look big and legitimate.

    Ranil makes Mahinda look honest and a great leader. Ranil makes Chandrika look like an intellectual. Ranil makes the clueless Sirisena look like a philosopher. Ranil’s appointee Mahendran makes rogue Nivad Cabrall look like an angel.

    Ranil is a lawyer who thinks he is a economist and a pundit.Is the UNP so blind that they cannot see what a fraud this man is ! His purpose in life is to show how great his bloodline is and how special old royalists are-Malik, RaviK, Mahendran, Sajith, JR, Ranil, -dirty crooks all.

    Ranil threatened to enter into a FTA with India in 2015( read his pompous speeches on that in 2015)What happened ? Suddenly we have entered into a FTA with Singapore, late in the night,while the nation was asleep ! ( three Royalists Ranil, Mahendran and Malik created this secret pact with the country where Mahendran is a fugitive now)

    Even the Presidential Commission was corrupted by Ranil by appointing an old Royalist judge whose daughter was working for Ranil while the judge father was inquiring into Ranil ! These are his , and royal college ethics !

    Ranil said he was going to reform the serial loser UNP. What did he do ? He declared himself the next Presidential candidate of the UNP ! HA HA HA

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    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    “Change can’t be given to you every time. You must bring the change.” – K.V. Ramachandran

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    Average person does not understand or appreciate economics. Telling them about the debt wont go down well even though it is the most critical thing to talk about. Anger at the unions in the transport sector power and energy sector, and most of all the GMOA is an explosive issue. Capitalize on this. Be bold thrash the GMOA and promise to get rid of it lock stock and barrel. There are a few remaining Hamu Mahatteyas in the UNP who just cannot bring them selves to do this. Get over your selves and get on with it. Don’t put the entire burden of speaking the bitter truth on Ranjan Ramanayake and Sajith Premadasa. You have let a bunch of thugs in Saffron robes, one gamarala who cannot decide which side he is on and a bunch of politically and legally bankrupt politicians to frame the debate. The farmer needs his fertilizer and seed paddy on time. It is no use coming up with new disease tolerant high yielding varieties of paddy if most farmers don’t have access to them for example. Address these issues. Raising the age of tuk tuk drivers to 35 maybe intellectually sensible but actually it is like beating your self up with a big pole. These are the types of missteps that cannot and should not be tolerated. Focus on the investigations. explain why and who is responsible for putting off cases brought against GR and BR. Don’t hide behind the fear of contempt of court charges. You are the government. The judges who do these things need to be exposed. If not now then when? Craft a stump speech around issues that matter fearlessly and deliver it over and over and over again. It will sink in.

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    if the the unp selects pambaya ranil the serial loser that is the end of the party
    even the middle class has lost faith in him
    the rajaapaksaa will rule forever

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    I disagree with VISHVASMITHRA’S thinking here. This isn’t the time to announce the party candidate. The situation is fluid and any decision can lose context. There is the doubt surrounding MR’s camp. We are still waiting for at least one of the big thief to be dealt with by court. All these developments when unfolded can impinge on the wisdom of picking the appropriate leader. I cannot see any other leader right now within UNP ranks who can replace Ranil. If Ranil is seen as doubtful according to Vishvamithra then any other leader is undetectable.

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    Irrespective of whether it is Ranil or the Rajapakses, whoever manipulates to take over as the next President (and Govt) will inherit a corpse – economically speaking. You can play make-believe for some months but eventually you have to face reality. You cannot be increasing the price of Petrol, Sugar, Flour all the time. bThe blame gave between the political parties must come to an end – sooner than later. The people in the country – particularly the very poor people and the working class – have to be told the hard fact the country is bankrupt. The IMF/World Bank have cautioned the Govt to tell the people the real state of the economy. When Argentina faced such a situation, not long ago, the Govt there grabbed the savings of the people in the Banks. We are not far away. Not long ago there was a fear of the Govt arbitrarily commandeering some of the larger private savings. But this extreme step was postponed.

    When the US$ hits the inevitable Rs.200 mark there can be food riots. Anarchy will prevail en masse. This is what our politikkas have brought our country to. If this happens China and India will lay down their terms. The Tamils jn the North – now agreeable for internal self-rule in an undivided country – will get their State – on a silver plate even without asking for it.

    Scary scenario???? But we asked for it.

    ADJP

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    RW cannot be trusted. He, addressing parliamentary election rallies he clearly said that if he forms the government, that he would scrap the Port City Project. I am sure the voters can remember.

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    UNP is party is Number ONE Enemy of People of Sri Lankan and its Democracy since 2015 January 8th.
    The UNP Party leader of Ranil Wicks by Orthodox born Christian family has totally detour principle route of Democracy . He undermined values of ethics of democracy prevailing over that 65 years in Sri Lankan community!
    What else any hope UNP future of our an Island Development and Democracy that under UNP is dream of unknown people mindset ?

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    Vishwamitra
    Politics the world over have become poker games.
    In our case, we must let the players decide.

    Did we did have a surprise in late 2014?
    Are we in for similar surprises from both players?

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    Golden era of unp ha ha ha. When the srilankan economy size is less than 15 billion USD during the unp rule it may be a poorest era of srilanka . when Mahinda and slfp got this economy in srilanka in 2005 that is only 20 billion USD.they have convertered this economy in to 80 billion USD super capitalist business economy just in 10 years .the poor innocent people like Jr or premadasa or unp does know any thing about business economy of slfp and rajapaksas who are architects and masters of the business economy of 80 billion USD in srilanka. Is this innocent unp people who are unable to uplift the srilankan economy atleast up to 15 billion USD can be compared with the architects and business management masters the slfp and rajapaksas. Slfp government are the tough governments ,they are super powers not like innocent unp governments but their economic management skills are extra ordinary. Please do not compare the innocent unp governments who never seen a economic size more than 15 billion USD with the architects of this huge 80 USD business economy the slfp and rajapaksas .pls don’t created foolish stories like earlier under the small mixed economy of 15 billion usd is their any simple possibility to form a business class,upper middle class or middle class. Unp said their favourite business class as pettah traders. Now all educated srilankans are reading past srilankan economic records please do not try to fool us. Middle class and upper middle class and business class knows every thing that is why they are always the die heart supporters of slfp and Mahinda the masters of economic management proved by their perfirmance track records not like a poor parties like JVP or unp always talking doing nothing.

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      Common Man,

      Friend – Borrowing is not development. It is Mortgaging the present and unborn generations to unbearable debt. Your favourites the Rajapakses have done it well. They have banked the massive loot in
      Dubai, Seychelles, Singapore, Canada, London and elsewhere these are spread under the name of many close relatives. As to the local yakkos they are paying Interest+Capital through Rs.170 litre/Petrol Rs.30 Coconuts Rs.100 Loaf/Bread and other staggering taxes in Sugar, Wheat and other daily essentials that keep increasing every few months or so.

      The gullible Lankan voter has got the governments he deserves.
      Why complain? We are boiling in our own oil – aren’t we?

      Kettikaran

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    Ranil ought to have known who Tamils are. In vein he got involved in such dubious characters like Mahendran, Paskaralingam, Swaminathan now Kumaraswamy. Poor Ranil dug his own grave, he can still bounce back.

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    Vishwa, I think Ranil is the best bet for UNP. Sajith, Karu, Navin are all useless.. They are doomed to fail.

    Ranil does have charisma. Specially we women tend to like him.

    I agree with you he should put his hand up early and tell the whole world. Poor buggar is so scared, he forgets he won the 2005 Presidential election if not Prabhakaran was not bribed by Mahinda (remember Ranil polled 49%).

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