28 September, 2020

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Ranil’s Radical Road To Ruin

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath De Alwis

‘We will correct our mistakes and make some radical policy changes’ ~ UNP backbenchers after LG Polls 

Let’s face it. Mahinda Rajapaksa equated power with control. Under his rule, we contained our discontent. But we retained our sanity. Mahinda did not mock our sanity. He did not insult our intelligence. He intimidated his critics. He did not ridicule them.

In year 2014 this writer desperately wanted him out. Today in 2018 this writer frantically awaits his return. The tyrant and his enforcers are preferable to tricksters and rip off artists. 

Political Power is the ability to form, reform or maintain institutions. What was enacted inside the presidential secretariat on Sunday – 25th February, told us quite unambiguously where power lies today.

On Sunday 25th February, Charitha Ratwatte ‘Consigliere’ and ‘Dutch Uncle’ of Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe was watching brother Suren – CEO of Srilankan Airlines participating in the ‘Ironman’ contest. In the edifice nearby, his Royal College class mate was conclusively demonstrating to President Sirisena who was the “Iron Man’ and who was the ‘Straw Man’.

In a democracy, power is the ability to form, reform or maintain institutions. In that sense, President Sirisena is not a lame duck president. He is a sitting duck president.

Readers will note, that I do not make a reference to the President. For a good reason. The 19th Amendment has made him ‘Functus offcio. We can make it more picturesque. Ranil and his Royal College pals Malik, Sagala, Lakshman have made our Yahapalana president the principal player in their version of the ballet ‘Nutcracker’. When it is that tight, it surely must hurt.

After much post polls breast beating, Ranil succeeded in persuading UNP backbenchers that he would initiate some radical reforms. He has now delivered on his promise. He has opted for a radical road to ruin for the UNP.

The cabinet reshuffle has not resulted in any change in the internal dynamics or balance of power in the cabinet. The smug look of amused contempt in John Amaratunge’s countenance was more than adequate proof that the gravy train was firmly on track.

We mistakenly believe that Cabinet government is collective and presidential government is arbitrary. Now we know better. Let us hope that Jayampathy Wickremeratne will spare us further charlatanry.

Cabinet reshuffles are a means of ensuring ministries efficiency and vitality. In the case of Ranil Wickremesinghe what matters is not ministerial vitality but ministerial servility.

Infighting and alleged corruption were the primary factors that precipitated the reshuffle. The polls verdict was only a mild reminder. The reshuffle has not addressed the issues raised in the Bond scandal. The Prime Minister continues to be the Minister in charge of the Central Bank and National Economic Policy. It means that his advisors will continue to be the puppet masters.

The condescending lectures of the Prime Minister during the recent elections are nothing compared to his post elections counterfeit course correction. 

What is wrong with Ranil?  He is frozen in a world that no longer exists. He is convinced, mistakenly of course, that he can do what his famous father has been erroneously credited with doing-  Creating and shaping opinion. He is also mistakenly sold on the idea of a meritocracy the confines of which he has arbitrary demarcated for himself and his buddies. 

That is not the world we live in today. We live in a world where privilege is a commodity and not a birthright. The drawn-out protest against SAITM has not taught him the lesson of contemporary social order. The natural social hierarchy is the result of a process that matches the hardest-working and the most talented to the most difficult, important and remunerative tasks.

Delegation of duties and responsibilities should be according to a transparent order. People rise or perish according to success achieved or failure arrived at.

That is not what Ranil and his type of UNPer believe. They wish to pull the ladder up after they climb up. Or rather he would selectively lower it for those he would like to share his perch with. That is called ‘oligarchy.’

We made a mistake on 8th January 2015. We dared to hope and hoped too much. Hope is betrayed sooner than later.

It is not people who rule. We are ruled by those whom we trust to rule us. That is a complex conundrum in the concept of popular sovereignty. 

Democratic leadership is based not on trust but on distrust. That explains why a good section of our people prefer the King. 

The reshuffle was demanded by the president. It was a kneejerk reaction to the drubbing he received at the LG polls. He should have known better. Ranil Wickremesinhe is made of different stuff. Course correction midway is not his style.

Ideally, a cabinet reshuffle is a strategy adopted by the head of the cabinet – in this case, the President to discipline the members of the cabinet and curb or control ministerial capture of bureaucracy. It is too late for that. He should have appointed the Bond probe commission soon after the parliamentary election in August 2015.

That would have given the presidency emasculated by the 19th amendment at least the advantage of a commendatory public reaction. The present reshuffle exercise is not a positive act in response to a public scandal by a president above the fray. It is a consequence of an electoral setback suffered by his side of the coalition. President Sirisena can come out of this crisis a winner. He can insist that his new Minister of Law and Order produce the former governor of the Central Bank before courts. 

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  • 7
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    The three of them, MS, Ranil & Karu J are the incarnation of SIRI KALAKANNIYA.

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      There was only one change the people were waiting for ………that’s Sarath Fonseka as the minister of law and order.

      Not Ranil but Sirisena prevented it.

      Talent-wise, all Lankans, wether UNP/SLFP/JO/BUD…….. are the same, nothing to choose between them …………..it’s been proven time and time again for 70 years ………..

      It’s just moronic and futile to change the same people over and over again……………and expect different results…………..

      How things have panned out among the Sinhalese leaders so far…………Good ol’ Prabakaran would have been the best solution for the whole damn country! It would have been a simple thang to have given him a Sinhala-Buddhist makeover…………

      Alas ……..what it could have been!

      I am beginning to enjoy this……………

  • 12
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    PM will never learn from past mistakes. The real fireworks going to start soon with back benchers demanding for PMs head.

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    What is there to RESHUFFLE in a “Pack of Cards” – (the Cabinet) that contains only “JOKER” cards?

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    Sarath de Alwis tells it like it is. He speaks for the educated middle class.

    Tell it, Sarath, tell it!

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      Dayan & Sarath,
      Sarath has identified MR’s regime as “the Tyrant and his enforcers”.
      Educated middle class does not want to live under a Tyrant and his enforcers. Cruel and oppressive rulers do not have a place in a civilised society.
      Ayyo Dayan!, Ayyo Sarath! Please don’t insult the educated middle class.

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        An Observer,

        First off we should look for the education of the so called “Educated middle class”. A university degree of any technical subject doesn’t render anyone to be enlightened or let alone having the common sense.

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        [edited out].People will not read your nonsense in future. They will boycott your writings in future like they did to SIRASA .Both have gone insane. That is why they are waiting Mara Pakse to come to power again Senile decay has set in both brains

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        Observer

        Would you rather be shafted by someone telling you fairy stories about how well off you are, and yet your shrinking rupee is bringing back less each day you visit the bakery ? Those who smile at you and say you are now living in a wonderful Human Rights + place but have not even managed to build a single meter of traversable pavement ? Accomplished bugger-all since 2015 except create massive confusion

        Or someone like Lee Kuan Yew who said “no bloody nonsense’, you guys conform or I throw you in jail while I build up this place and by the way, I will be taking a cut for it and throw in some bread and circuses while I am at it

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    Sarath Alwis takes turns with his buddy Dayan Jayatilleka to attack Ranil. He shares DJ’s orgasm in seeing MR’s crowds

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      Sarath,
      While I agree with you the pathetic way in which the President and the Prime Minister have carried out the reshuffle, I do not agree with you on several points.
      1. You say that we retained our “sanity” under MR’s regime but the problem was people could not behave in a normal and rational manner by expressing their independent views about the way MR and his enforcers were ruling the country for fear, intimidation, and possibility of losing their lives.
      Sanity means “reasonable and rational behaviour” – Are you sure that we have had “Sanity” under MR’s rule?

      2. You say that we made a “mistake” on 8 January 2015. Incorrect.
      The people liberated the society from the brink of “dictatorship” on 8 Jan. 2015. Hence the people have got the freedom to criticise the harmful govt. policies, participate in demonstrations against the govt., etc.

      3. You say that you are waiting for the return of “Tyrant” and his enforces to rule the country. Really? I thought you were much better person than that. Remember the famous quote; “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
      What happened to your “sanity” Sarath?

      Yes, I totally agree with you that “Yahapalanaya” has disappointed us and not delivered what the have promised but still I believe that they are better than the “Tyrant” and their enforces.

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        It is quite simple. SENILITY has finally affected writer’s ability to think clearly

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      Jealous bitter Betty!😁

  • 7
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    True they went to Royal, and that does not make them special! Many royalists have made it on their own and are humble about it. Don’t blame the institution that has produced many greats. Thats said, its time to send these goats home.

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    Ranil will go down in history as the person who destroyed UNP. He thinks only his royalist friends are good at doing anything (Mahendran, Ajith Dias, Kiriella and Malik to name a few). He talks bullshit like giving WIFI connections to all. Even providing tabs by his sidekick Education minister is a useless exercise not appealing to the general public. He decides what is good for the country without even getting any response from the public. Earlier he became a joker by promising bracelets for youth. He simply does not know how to address the real problems faced by ordinary people. As a result UNPers are moving away from the party since they see no future with Ranil.

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      But , still there are 3.6Mn idiots like him voting for him……..sad isn’t it?

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        How true … I am one of them and I am not a shamed!

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        Yes … I am one of them but I am not shamed …

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      Not giving Tabs to Advance level Student is a big Folly.Not giving water and Manure to the farmers is one problem. That has to be corrected.To make our rural children computer literate is one of the burning issues in the rural people.
      It seems some in the Government wants tabs to Elite students in Cities only and do not want village chidren to open their eyes to the world. Mind you some objected. when Srilankans were to get voting rights.
      Bangalore state was not petty minded like our fools.that is why it became Silican vally of India

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    Dear Sarath: On completion of the LG election results, my neighbor “Jamis Mama” meeting me at his bakery analysed the results in a simple way akin to his village style: “Ape Minissu Moona Eda Unahama, Nahe Kapagannawa” – Our people, as and when they find their faces are crooked, they always cut the nose. This came to my mind reading your statement above: “In year 2014 this writer desperately wanted him out. Today in 2018 this writer frantically awaits his return”. Now I wonder, whose analysis is better: “educated middle class” (as per Dr. DJ’s comment) OR Jamis Mama – the bakery owner who has studied and passed only the grade 8. I conclude, letting you know what Nelson Mandela said: “If our expectations – if our fondest prayers and dreams are not realized – then we should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall”. This advice could be good enough for that TYRANT you mentioned; but also certainly for the people who “desperately wanted him out”. Please don’t fall a prey to that Dr.DJ.

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      Perfect!

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    Ranil is taking a piss at the people! What a reshuffle and the committee appointment to fight corruption!

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    Was there a prenup in 2014, before MY3 was dressed up in a golden Modi vest and was married off to RW? There must have been and therefore the 19th was born! MY3 did not know? Or, was he that desperate to shake the un-gloved hand of the Queen (no, no that queen, I mean Regina Elizabeth) that he didn’t think twice before signing the prenup. Now what? Is there a loophole through which MY3 can save his dowry (voter base) or will RW squander it away with his Royal pals. Time will tell, another 20 or so months.

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      I knew it.

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    I agree with everything that Sarath de Alwis says about the situation and Ranil’s effete management, but I do believe that in the cold light of day, Sarath will not push his stated preference for the return of the Pakse scumbags.

    [edited out]

  • 1
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    whether the law and order is with Ranil or saglaya who is virtually living in temple trees will not make any difference. and giving hiher eduction to another sagala type will worsen the situation.

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    Sarath De alwis: Peoole were upset with Hitler and Napolean. But they are not the world leadrs today. So, be patient.

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    Dear Sarath

    What kind of good governanceyou expected from vermins like Ranil, Rajitha and Sirisena?
    Now we all can realize why Mahinda never made Sillysena the PM!

    I rather liked the honest tyranny than this phony good governance! Because tyranny delivered,
    As you said it did not attack our sanity! It was honest tyranny!
    I would tolerate my lack of rights for the betterment of the economy!

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    19th amendment is a joke. right after it, Ranil has brought another piece of legislation to by pass what was said in the 19th amendment. So, they can appoint 45 Ministers. So,m with State ministers, deputy ministers. It is a mess.

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    This outcome was predicted in 2015 by a small bunch of people. But the chattering class ignored it. Now the entire country is paying for it. Hope the rebellion brewing within UNP explodes sooner forcing the junta to go for a general election. Just taking Ranil’s head is not enough to force a “radical change”.

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    DR Dayan Jayatileke is the biggest joker in the country

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    Nagavitharana
    What a canny observation.?Have you pricked yours ears waiting for the applause? You better put your tail between your legs and run because you will only get abuse.
    You better not say it in public if you value all the relevant parts of your anatomy.

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    “In year 2014 this writer desperately wanted him out. Today in 2018 this writer frantically awaits his return. The tyrant and his enforcers are preferable to tricksters and rip off artists. ” The whole population is paying for the folly of yours and the likes of yours. It is too late now; the country has irreversibly gone back by several years. Sad.

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    Sarath has been thinking with his heart instead of his head. His desperation to oust MR blinded him to the extent he completely forgot what a failure Ranil is.
    Though much too late and after much destruction It is heartening to see that finally Sarath has seen reality.

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    Dayan and Sarath Alwis are like Dr Jekyl and Mr Hide

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      Can you tell us which one is Dr Jekyll and which one Mr Hyde . I bet you think they are alike like Morecambe and Wise.! Which only displays your ignorance and unsuitability to comment in a public forum.

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