8 August, 2022


Removing Sheep Skins From “Political Wolves”

By Gamini Jayaweera

Gamini Jayaweera

Gamini Jayaweera

Following the defeat of the UNP by Mr. SWRD Bandaranaike’s Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, my late brother Wimaladharma Jayaweera (former Co-ordinating Secretary to the late SLFP Minister Mr. C.V.Gunaratne) wrote an article titled “Battalu Hum Galaweema” (Removing the Sheep Skins) which was published in the Lankadeepa Newspaper in 1956, explaining how SWRD was managed to unite the forces of “Pancha Maha Balawegaya” – the five great forces of the Buddhist Clergy, the Ayurvedic Physicians, the Teachers, the Farmers, and the Workers to remove the sheep skins from the elite class of the rich (“People of Bamunu Kulaya”) who governed the country since independence pretending that they would work towards the upward social mobility of the common person in the society. Though the elite class of the rich who governed the country did not provide sufficient facilities to the common person to get into top level administrative and other high level professional jobs, to their credit, they did not get involved in practising unprecedented level of bribery and corruption, violation of the independence of the Judiciary, providing protection for murderers and drug dealers, violating the rule of law, using foul language in parliament to address their opponents, unlawfully taking public money & engaging in drug dealings to become “super-rich”, and taking away the democratic values of the nation.

Ranil Champika Rathana

President’s Support

After 59 years of SWRD’s social revolution, today we are facing another battle to remove sheep skins from most of our “super-rich” corrupt politicians and so called educated “socialists” who are trying to deceive the nation to get into the parliament at any cost. In this critical battle it is very important that our President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena who has worked with some of these politicians for 47 years should publically appeal to the nation to reject these candidates irrespective of their allegiance to SLFP or UPFA. Majority of the Srilankans feel that it is a personal obligation of the President to the vast number of people who supported him publically risking their lives during the last presidential election. I can understand that the President may be under pressure to give nominations to most of these politicians of the UPFA and SLFP but is he under any pressure to speak out the truth for the sake of saving the nation from thieves, murderers, drug dealers, and violators of our democratic values entering the parliament? Hope that our President will demonstrate the qualities of a Statesman as defined by James Freeman Clarke: “The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman thinks about the next generation.”

“Socialists” in the UPFA

The so called “socialist” party leaders of the UPFA have no popular vote base in the country. They know that if they are not part of the UPFA they will not get enough votes to get into the parliament. It appears that they are not interested in establishing a new political culture and getting rid of law breakers, murderers, drug dealers, and robbers of public money. One of their popular slogans is that they will never work with the UNP. That is not a credible party policy for an established political party. Political parties should change their policies from time to time based on the circumstances and as grown up politicians, they must recognise and support the changes if those changes are good for the country. That is why writer, poet, and journalist Mr. Kumaratunga Munidasa said that “Aluth aluth de nothanana jathiya; lova nonagi”. Same principle will apply to the so called “socialist” parties in the UPFA as they appear to be stuck in their ideologies, support corrupt politicians and are unable to move forward. It appears that they are allergic to creating a new political culture as advocated by the President. Some of these so called educated “socialists” are using obscene language in parliament, the highest institution in Sri Lanka, to address their opponents. This kind of disgraceful behavior should not be tolerated by the general public. It is time for the nation to remove sheep skins from these UPFA “socialist” party leaders who kept their mouths shut during the last 6 years while the country was heading towards anarchy due to the breakdown of rule of law among other things.


It is reported that UPFA has given nominations to most of the former ministers and MPs who have been either charged or under investigation for bribery & corruption, murders, mis-use of public property and money, drug dealings, and mis-use of power for personal gains. These former ministers and MPs are hiding behind the previous president to contest the forthcoming general elections because the previous president has still got a sizable following in certain parts of the country. When these candidates appear in TV debates or addressing political rallies the language they use reminds us the novelist George Orwell’s words about the political language. “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” (George Orweell).

News media in Sri Lanka has an obligation to expose and inform the general public about these corrupt politicians through media right up to the forthcoming general election to ensure that the nation will get an opportunity to remove the sheep skins from these “political wolves”.

SLFP Seniors

The next category of “Political Wolves” in sheep skins are some of the senior figures in the SLFP. During the last few months these senior figures in the SLFP were pretending that they were supporters of the President while keeping close contacts with the former president Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and supporting secretly for his return to active politics and his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister. It appears that they played this dishonest game until the last minute and they made sure that the President would be isolated from the majority of former SLFP MPs. At the end the President did not have any other options but to agree nominations to the former MPs in question. This episode reminds me the words of Ronald Regan, former President of USA. “Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.  I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” It appears that these senior figures in the SLFP do not want to support the President Maithripala’s vision of establishment of a new political culture. Hope that the general public will recognise these “political wolves” in sheep skins and they take appropriate actions to remove the sheep skins during the forthcoming general election.

Personal Note

After reading this article people may assume that I am a supporter of the UNP. I want to make it clear that I am not a member of any political party. We all may have experienced some administrative wrong doings, appointing former corrupt officials who worked under UNP government during 1980s as advisers to ministries, and certain other irregularities. The nation’s loss due to these wrong doings is small when compared to the potential bigger loss to the nation by supporting the previous administration led by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa because of the unprecedented level of bribery & corruption, breakdown of the rule of law, mis-use of public funds to become “super-rich” politicians, and lack of freedom for all citizens, press & national institutions to conduct their affairs without interference or intimidation from the governing party. That is why I agree with setting up a National Government led by Mr. Maithripala Sirisena with the support from the newly formed United National Front for Good Governance and other progressive parties to re-build a democratic, compassionate, peaceful, law abiding, and sovereign society while working towards the advancement of social, religious, cultural, economic, and technological developments in the country. As Martin Lither King Jr. said “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

*The writer is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a holder of Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, Oxford.

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    As a voter, to me the author’s reasoning is appealing.

    Maithri could save face by working with the UNF GG during the elections and with their Government post election.

    More importantly, much could be achieved by (let us not mince words) punishing those found guilty of crimes during the last ten years, to engineer an effective template for good governance by restoring law and order, and the institutions required for democratic government. If Maithripala as President resolves to do this he could also be mitigating the consequences of his own colossal betrayal.

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    This episode reminds me the words of Ronald Regan, former President of USA. “Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

    this statement really fits on what happening here!!

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    Why do we need Candidates who Promise to support a Party or Individual rather than Promise to Work for the Good of the Country?

    Aren’t they putting the Cart before the Horse? Haven’t they lost the Plot? Aren’t Party Politics the Antithesis of ‘Yahapalanaya’ or Good Government?

    Why don’t these Contenders contest as Independents, and tell the Voters How they would Develop the Country and its People, rather than Promise to support a Political Party that is not really Sure what its Priorities are?

    They could then form a Government of Like Minded people and Work for the Good of all Sri Lankans, in the North, South, East and West!

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      What a comment! Such Naivete; such drivel.

      Like minded ‘contenders’ working without commitment to the country, free to change their minds at any time, not answerable to a central authority (Political Party) whom ‘we the people’ can hold accountable?

      It is hardly rational in this day and age, to want to go back 2700 years to Greek City (hill-top) Democracy for guidance.

      Rationalist, take a vacation, go fishing, go play marbles with your friends!

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    Gamini Jayaweera

    RE: Removing Sheep Skins From “Political Wolves”

    “Though the elite class of the rich who governed the country did not provide sufficient facilities to the common person to get into top level administrative and other high level professional jobs, to their credit, they did not get involved in practising unprecedented level of bribery and corruption, violation of the independence of the Judiciary, providing protection for murderers and drug dealers, violating the rule of law, using foul language in parliament to address their opponents, unlawfully taking public money & engaging in drug dealings to become “super-rich”, and taking away the democratic values of the nation.”

    Thank you good analogy.

    Removing Sheep Skins From Mahinda Rajapaksa, Immediate and Extended Family, Cronies and Shills, who are Liars, Crooks, Wimps, bribe takers and Traitors, the new “Political Wolves” headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    What Can the People do? Expose, Expose and expose these “Political Wolves”

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa…

    Would you be willing to write the Sri Lanka Version of the Common Sense Phamplet, 2015 written in Sinhala, Tamil and English and widely distributed Well before August 17, 2015?

    Common Sense (pamphlet)


    Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places.

    Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2] As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title.[3]

    Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[4] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[5] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[6]

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    The quotation of Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of his piece by the author should be the in the minds of those who vote at the coming elections in the August of 2015.if they do that then they can rest assured that they have done what is good for themselves and the country at large.
    But are they wise enough to do that is the issue here, without getting enticed by false promises made by wily political wolves in sheeps clothing?

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    What will you do with chameleons changing the colour?

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    “That is why I agree with setting up a National Government led by Mr. Maithripala Sirisena”

    Setting up of a national government and impeaching Sirisena will be the most important task for the new government.

    Maitripala Sirisena is a man who can not be trusted and has proved it by the way he has betrayed 62 million people allowing the dictator Rajapaksa to enter parliament. If people reject Rajapaksa at this election it automatically will be a rejection of the decision taken by Sirisena as the president. In such a scenario Sirisena has to resign or commit suicide or the new government has to impeach him as people do not want an executive president who has no back bone.

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    people know well MR will ruin the country if people voted for him.
    MS made a historical mistake in Politics. suppose MR grasped Premiership
    what would he do? He may punished all his political enemies including MS.
    It is a big mistake who to take him on board?

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    Dear President Maithiripala Srisena,

    You cannot deny what you said during the presidential election and after winning the election. People trusted you, they believed your words and promises and they had confidence on you that you will stand firmly on what you promised them.
    Have you changed your promises? If so why and what made to you to change? You should tell the truth to the people.
    Was there any internal force or threat made you to change? I don’t think because you are the most powerful person in Srilanka and if you not safe, none of the Srilankans are safe.
    Was there any threat from outside Srilanka? It is possible but people should know the truth. I am sure you are brave enough to tell the truth. If you are not brave enough to face the challenges of Presidency, please leave it to the people to decide.

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    Writeup on “Removing Sheep Skins From “Political Wolves” by Gamini Jayaweera should be an eyeopener for every social minded citizen of this country and it is indeed a long overdue to remedy the situation once and for all. Political culture of this country is fast deteriorating and it is high time that someone should put an end to this misery.

    If we dig into the root cause of this problem the blame should be leveled against S.W.R.D.Bandaranaiyaka’s short sighted vision of bringing “SINHALA ONLY IN 24 HOURS”. This was a sensational slogan craftily drafted by S.W.R.D Bandaranaiyaka to come to power. Outcome of this policy brought those who were working in the paddy fields into the office environment which created chaotic situation led to gradually destabilize the administrative mechanism developed by the British. It is a sad thing to note that S.W.R.D Bandaranaiyaka being a product of University of Oxford to take such a shortsighted decision is unimaginable. And this is the root cause and that is why our country is suffering for more than six decades of confusion and conflicts in all quarters.

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    Do not for a moment think My3 is a decent and honest guy for a moment. He is not and his past history very amply shows it. My3 has cheated and back stabbed everyone, including his boss MR and all the people who trusted him and voted for him. So cheating and backstabbing is something in his blood, and I will tell you why. I cannot certainly make people who refuse to see to see. We should call a spade a spade.

    If he has any serious concerns against MR why does he have to stick with him for 10 years and enjoy all the perks and privileges and speak well about him never giving any hint of his gross abuse of power and misappropriation of funds and only come out against him in the last moment he announced presidential elections.

    If My3 was so concerned for the people and country he should have fallen out and resigned his post distanced him from any dealings with MR long ago. That is what a man of real conviction would have done. To wait till MR is of no use and to come out against him surely places lot of suspicion of motive on his part and they do not tally with a person of the former category. My3 is therefore clearly a partner in crime. Now wants to appear clean. Are we fools not to spot him and identify him?

    All he did was he enjoyed all benefits and privileges his boss could offer and finally back stabbed his boss when he found is of no further use. “You too Brutus” Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus, and My3 was exactly that to MR. Certainly he did a dirty thing to MR. Had if he really wanted to correct MR he should have done so many years ago and failing which, he should have left declaring his displeasure to be a party for his boss’s bad deeds. Certainly not at this last moment and that raises many doubt on the sincerity of his intention. This action of his speaks volumes of the type of man.

    After having back stabbed his boss MR, he showed it again on the people who voted for him. He went against what he promised and gave nominations to the very undesirables he bitterly criticized when he asked the people for their votes to support him to form a clean and safe Government. So there is nothing surprising about him and his character. He is not a man of dignity and honesty of character. He lacks the strength of character to stand by what he professed. He is a hypocrite.

    Certainly he did not really ‘win’ the elections. It was MR who narrowly ‘lost’ the elections. My3 was simply pushed to victory because of the large anti-MR votes. My3 did not really have much of a proMy3 votes anyway. It was because people were so fed up of MR’s dictatorial rule by instilling fear, threat and insecurity, especially to the minorities they came in numbers on election day to throw him out and My3 was simply pushed to victory. So there is nothing marvelous My3 has done to win. If a dog would have been allowed to contest then this dog would have won the Presidential elections and that was the scale many people were fed up of MR.

    My3 ‘won’ because the climate suited him but never count him for an honest, sincere, and faithful person. Never and I have clearly proved. But certainly he is a man with no backbone. We have such a man as our President. He is very lucky to achieve this status and am sure he would have never dreamt achieving this height and now he is feeling dizzy and Acrophobic.

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