18 September, 2019

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Peter’s World: Response To Peter Heap’s CiF article

By TU Senan –

TU Senan

‘Disgusting’ is quite a mild word to describe Peter Heap’s CiF article in Monday’s Guardian. In it he defends the Sri Lankan state, a state that stands accused of war crimes.

To begin with Peter tries to play the numbers game, claiming the number of Tamil people killed in 2009 in the closing stages of the war was much less than the widely acknowledged 40,000. He also points the finger of blame mostly at the LTTE, despite reports of the army bombing hospitals and no-fly zones.

Peter’s free and easy way with numbers is somewhat concerning or only to be expected, depending on your point of view, given he is an adviser to the board of HSBC Investment Bank. But he obviously takes his boss’s branding seriously and treats the world as a ‘local bank’ – one where he and his ilk try to withdraw cash at every opportunity. He works with various businesses that also look to exploit workers across the world.

Then Peter, who arrogantly claims Sri Lanka’s critics don’t understand “what the country had gone through” explains to us that Sri Lanka has been a ‘functioning democracy’ since independence. The stacks of evidence to the contrary, including the UNHRC report, do not feature in Peter’s rosy world. By his logic we must dismiss the devastating conclusions of Navi Pillay, the UN commissioner for human rights, who investigated the situation and said that the Sri Lankan government is heading towards dictatorship.

The prognosis if not good for finding a cure for Peter’s ‘business cataracts’ that stop him seeing beyond the world of big business profit. His argument moves on to Sri Lanka’s ranking on human rights abuses. It is the 68th worst country for human rights out of the 168 countries studied. Somehow in Peter’s view that translates to mean democracy is functioning!

A poisonous, disingenuous comment in the Guardian is one thing. But readers should know that the Con-Dem government also inhabits Peter’s topsy-turvy world. Its much vaunted ‘concerns’ for human rights are not so determined that they overstep the demands of big business profit.

Peter’s comments unmask the real Tory stance on this issue. The bosses of the CHOGM business club are the British government and they will try to milk whatever they can out of all its member states. David Cameron earlier confirmed the key aim is to establish business links.

Peter’s last comments shed further light. He argues: “When on the horizon lies the possibility of Britain leaving the EU, is this the time to snub the Commonwealth? Such an extreme step is surely not justified.” So leaving the EU – or staying on in the Commonwealth are not considered based on human rights but purely based on the interests of the 1%. It’s a business decision.

What should be the response to the madness? All activists and progressive people and organisations along with all the Tamils in the UK should come forward to cut all links with Tories. And join with those who say that the struggle must continue.

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    Sri Lanka was a DYSFUNCTIONAL Democracy but has now morphed into a MILITARY DICTATORSHIP with a DEEP STATE and facade of democracy.

    The country is today run by 4 uneducated brothers and their extended family and cronies – headed by Mahinda Rajapakse – who is a cunning clown!

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      The country may be run by 4 brothers as you claim, but for the benefit of the Sri Lankans. The single fact that the LTTE terrorism ravaging the country was quickly and effectively terminated going against the collective ‘wisdom’ of the west must be commended. One can today go about one’s business without fear of a Tamil terrorist bomb eliminating either the self or the family. The rest is upto the citizen.
      Sri Lanka must not be hoodwinked into believing that there are different versions of democracy. There is ONLY one, and that is what pertains in Sri Lanka. The rights of the majority must in no way be limited to pacify a self seeking minority.

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        RAM
        you seems to be affected by anal-retaded gene syndrome. We know that your head is still half way up Gota’s arse. Is it not high time you come out and havea life of your own. You say the LTTE terrorism is eliminated but what has replaced it? State terrorism. Tamils in the North are terrorised by the army on a daily basis, I guess it is OK with as they are minorities.Remember they are the majority in the North.It is a pity that your mother slept with the animal to conceive you and see the result.

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      What astonished me is the audacity with which Sir Peter Heap chose to hide his true credentials. Peter Heap is the President of the Friends of Sri Lanka organisation and he along with others are active campaigners for the MR regime.

      Yet when that article was published at this website it said “Peter Heap is a former British ambassador to Brazil, whose diplomatic postings included three years in Sri Lanka”. On the original source Guardian even the above description was missing. Nowhere in the article did he reveal his affiliations so that a reader could form an independent view of the arguments presented. Peter Heap sadly represents a new crop of diplomats who use their diplomatic and political credentials to cover their true allegiances and use the media to pump out their opinion to unsuspecting readers.

      Please see Peter Heap’s roles: http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/779-uk-mps-see-positives-in-llrc-report.html
      and http://www.srilankahighcommission.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:sri-lanka-high-commission-uk-screens-the-documentary-lies-agreed-upon-at-the-british-parliament&catid=1:news&Itemid=95

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        So what? Do you think all the one’s who write to Guardian is independant and inpartial. There are many tiger propgandists writing in those media. so what is wrong if the lankan gov did the same?

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    These defeated Tamil terrorists are now playing nice guys masquerading as journalists and HR activists.WE all know the times when these terror thugs made this country a blood bath.

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      you have forgotten what let to the formation of LTTE. Ask your father about 1958 pogrom.

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        I am not interested in your argument “who started this and that”.But one thing i can assure you.That is that “you start,we finish”.How about Nandikadal?Want to start again?You are more than welcome.Bloody weeping losers!

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        Don’t think he has a father. Look at his other posts. [Edited out]. See the result?

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    Still waving the Tiger flag and weeping for Eelam. Western politicians are not taken in by this garbage, they only support it for terrorist votes. Why is there no investigation into the bank accounts of those who funded terror and death?

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      where is the money donated for tsunami victims in the south? Ask your leader. His bank account in Switzerland will relieve. BTW Switzerland has agreed to open up all these hidden bank accounts of foreign dignitaries. So it will all be in the public domain very soon, ask your leader to take cover.

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        Since when did two wrongs make a right? The tax collectors of Death deserve a greater punishment than mere fraudsters.

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    and join with those who say that the struggle must continue….

    At whose expense? Certainly not TU Senan or UK Tamils or their children!

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    It seems that the Sinhala commentators above appear to be very happy with the way the dictator is running/ruining the country.

    The only reason they accept and happy with the misrule of the Rajapaksa brothers is that they defeated the LTTE.

    Shall wait and see how long they will be happy with the regime’s atrocious rule.

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      That is because you cannot and never will understand how grateful people are for ending the evil terrorism that had engulfed the country for over 3 decades.

      Furthermore, corruption, mismanagement, nepotism, abuse of power and everything else that’s bad or worst in this administration were also there in governments formed by current opposition groups mainly CBK and Ranil. Both Ranil and CBK ran their respective administrations with an iron fist. No one in Ranil cabinet new what was in CFA when it was signed! Thus the state of the opposition at present and their past conduct gives no confidence what so ever that they would be able to govern the country at all let alone do a better job than the current government.

      Changing governments is a costly affair for ordinary people– people who have no personal vendetta’s to settle or spoils to gain by overthrowing the MR administration and installing a new administration. Mangala Samaraweera can write all he wants about media freedom and nepotism and corruption and so forth but at least some people will remember how he used to say media men can be bought for a few bottles of booze! Less said the better about CBK or SF the — the new found champion of human rights activist like Thrishanta Nanayakka, Ph.D!!!

      The present administration is far from what the people of this country deserves but there is no better alternative or at least one that justifies going through the expensive process of changing governments. This government has done good in ending the war, resettling people, ensuring there were no hit and run attacks by terrorists or their supporters after the war — at least till now, it is building infrastructure ports, airports, highways, power stations, etc. which is lot more than what can be said about any government in the recent past.

      There are those who say that these development projects are white elephants. What people should remember is that these are the same people who said that there won’t be enough water to fill the reservoirs when they were first being built. Even now some are arguing that renewable energy sources will soon make our current investments in coal power obsolete and an utter waste. What nonsense?

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        I have to disagree with this one. Present gov MR and rapajapkases should be changed as soon as possible. They are not good for SL. Ranil is a better option.

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    Piranha,

    If and when they are not happy, they can change the government through democratic means (ballot). Like governing party was defeated at NPC elections or like governing party not receiving a clear majority in EPC elections or at an electorate level UNP winning Kandy at recent PC elections.

    That is because there is a functioning democracy in Sri Lanka.

    Just because the opposition cannot present a credible alternative to the electorate/masses doesn’t mean democracy is not functioning or that there is a dictatorship.

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    Between Senan, it is not No-fly zone, it is no fire zone :D………you should research more before writing any article even if it is crap.

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