By H. L. D. Mahindapala –
In the main, coalitions of diverse parties have been recipes for political instability and economic stagnation. Down every step of the way they will be obsessed with politics – meaning fighting for the advantages each party could extract at the expense of the others to consolidate their political bargaining and electoral chances – brushing aside economics of growth, or the day-to-day issues that plague the people. Their internal bickering will dominate the headlines.
In fact, all coalitions are like Hollywood marriages: gilded, glamorous and grand today and divisive and deadly leading to divorces tomorrow. The two best known examples that went the Hollywoodian way are those of UNP-FP and SLFP-Marxists. They were marriages of convenience that were destined to break-up.
The most notable was the Marxist-SLFP coalition. Marxists who rushed to prop up Mrs. Bandaranaike discovered, rather late in the day, that they were not wanted either by Mrs. B or the people. When they went to the polls after their bitter divorce the people’s verdict on the Marxists was ruthless : the biggest and the most formidable opposition in the post-independent era was wiped out.
By joining Mrs. B. the Marxists lost their identity, their support base in the electorate, their image as a dynamic alternative in the opposition and, above all, their integrity as intellectuals (“golden brains”) offering solutions to national problems. Like all incompatible coalitions it was doomed from the beginning. The irreconcilable contradictions within the Marxist-SLFP Coalition, their unworkable pursuit of diametrically opposed goals, the Marxists compromising with the ruling Right-wing SLFP elite abandoning their traditional left-wing ideologies, the never ending internal squabbles with both sides jockeying for power, the personality clashes with arrogant Felix Dias Bandaranaike usurping Mrs. B’s powers and dictating take-it-or-leave terms to the Marxists contributed to eventual collapse of the Coalition and, worst of all, the burial of the Marxists.
This example is a warning to the UNPers who have now gone to bed with the Sirisena–CBK–Mangala “My-3” of the SLFP. If this Coalition ever takes place, both parties will be locked in a stalemate of their antithetical politics with neither party having the capacity to even achieve the minimum goals promised in their MOUs. Besides, the diverse extremists in the coalition – JHU- UNP-TNA (the covert partner) – will never see eye-to-eye on key national issues. What kind of soup can they make when there are so many cooks, most of whom are like Wickremesinghe and Champika Ranawaka, qualified only to cook their own goose?
Sirisena so far has been playing the role of being all things to all men, women and hermaphrodites. He can play this game only as long as he is a candidate of the opposition where he floats merrily on airy-fairy promises that are not likely to see the light of day. His capacity to fulfill/appease the diverse parties in the Coalition will evaporate once he sits down in the seats of power to hammer out the details and determine policies. It is at this point that the cracks will open up. The intractable complexities of holding the heterogeneous forces within the Coalition will be beyond the limited capabilities of Sirisena. He neither has the skill to hold them together to keep the Coalition going for some time, nor the power to build consensus on the vexed issues facing the nation.
The way the forces are aligned in the Coalition it is clear that the SLFP is now divided into (1) the modernizing, development-oriented, forward-looking engine of growth headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa and (2) the rickety old cart headed by asinine CBK-Mangala duo that left the worst legacy of corruption and inefficiency since independence (1948), according to the Editor of RAVAYA, Victor Ivan, who was an insider in Kumaratunga’s political campaigns.
This old, corrupt gang offers only vindictive politics. Besides, the regime change they promise is not going to change the political culture one bit – not with their vindictive politics led by corrupt has-beens. The legal, institutional and political impediments standing in their way for constitutional changes are intertwined in near insuperable complexities that it doubtful whether they can change the constitution in the foreseeable future, let alone the 100 days. So it will back to square one, with the same old same old. They will fail like they did when they were in power last. And when they fail they will try to cover-up their failure to create their promised land by blaming the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Blaming the other is the normal game played by failed politicians. They will not take responsibility for their own incompetence, mismanagement, corruption and CBK-Ranil-made disasters.
Sirisena will come a cropper in the three main areas that he has promised to change : 1 the constitution; 2. corruption and 3. cost of living. As pointed out earlier, he already has, as his key strategist/partner, the most corrupt woman in post-independent history. If he is to make an impact on corruption he must begin by investigating the corrupt, ill-gotten accumulations of Chandrika Kumaratunga. Simultaneously, he must investigate, as a matter of urgency, the Ravi-Rajaratnam deal with links to the LTTE. Of all corrupt deals the Ravi-Rajaratnam deal is a direct threat to the nation’s security and territorial integrity. Sirisena so far has not uttered one word about cleaning up his own stables before cleaning the backyard of others. Exonerating corruption in his camp and poking his fingers only in his opponents camp is vindictive politics. Nor can he clean one part and leave the other part immersed in total corruption. So can the nation trust Sirisena to be honest, or even clean up corruption?
Wickremesinghe too will soon discover that the man whom he promotes to be the next president will be the first to let him down. A victory for Sirisena is a defeat for Wickremesinghe and, of course, Sajith Premadasa and other UNPers who are refusing to surrender to the failed and corrupt forces of the SLFP. If Mahinda Rajapaksa loses the UNPers will have to play second fiddle to the CBK-Mangala-Sirisena trio. With a weak leader like Wickremesinghe he will follow CBK-Mangala-Sirisena politics selling the UNP and the nation to the divisive/separatist forces. Their under-the-table agreement with the TNA will compel them to reverse the gains made by the self-sacrificing forces.
CBK-Ranil-Mangala are all birds of a feather ever ready to justify their failed past by reviving the P-TOMS and Ranil-Prabhakaran agreements in revised versions. They are not averse to dismantling the Security Forces, withdraw forces from the Northern bases still under threat from LTTE’s under-cover agents, in order to win pats on their back from the anti-Sri Lankan west. The proposed Coalition, in short, is another way of going on the reverse gear to the failed past when Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe surrendered to Prabhakaran.
As for Wickremesinghe his future was sealed the day he signed the MOU: he will neither have his way in the Coalition nor will he get the powers promised in the constitutional change. Since he hasn’t the guts to stand up for his end of the deal signed in the MOU – he has already lost the Ministry of Defence — he will have to run after the CBK-Mangala-Sirisena trio to survive in the Coalition. He can threaten to pull out of the MOU and break up the Coalition. But that would only confirm the fragility of the tenuous Coalition. It would also means that he and his Coalition can only go down the path to nowhere.
Of all the known coalitions this, no doubt, will be the worst. The very composition of its members, drawn from opposite extremes, will paralyze it. Only a pompous prima donna like Champika Ranawaka, will assume that everything is going to be hunky-dory in the Coalition. He can’t even keep his principled and committed colleague, Udaya Gammanpila, within his fold. So how does he propose to keep the donkeys, asses and mules in the Coalition – not mention his own self — together?
This Coalition, consisting of incompatible partners and antithetical political mantras, will be a disaster for the nation. It is a recipe for chaos and instability. Whatever the infirmities of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime may have been he never allowed the nation to slide down the greasy pole to unmanageable instability. Mahinda Rajapaksa had a firm grip on politics at all levels. His methodology may not have appealed to his detractors. But he delivered to the nation all that was lost in the 33 years of divisive politics and never allowed the gains to decline.
His politics of growth and development to lift the nation from the depths of disasters, caused primarily by the selling the nation to the Tamil Pol Pot, Prabhakaran, is a remarkable achievement by any international or national standards. No one in post-independent history has reached such monumental heights. He has planted the Sri Lankan flag at the peak of Sri Lankan history. When can pigmies like Wickremesinghe, Kumaratunga, Samaraweera and Sirisena ever get within even smelling distance of the new nation built from scratch, as it were?
The leadership qualities of politicians can be measured essentially by their achievements just as much as Kumar Sangakkara has been measured by the runs he put on the board. So what is the score put up by CBK, Mangala, Siirisena and Wickremesinghe? Why is it that they pose as smart asses only when they are in the opposition pavilion waiting to bat and fail miserably when they go to the crease? When did they ever score a century for the nation? Why are they promising to deliver always in the never-never future and never in the present? Who can trust them when they don’t trust each other either?
This temporary coalition made for their convenience is not going to be the answer to the nation’s future. Their main offer to the nation is simple : change the regime. They claim that power in their hands will solve all the problems of the nation. But the very nature of their Coalition, consisting of parties that have never got along in the past, will militate against all of them coming together in the future for the good of the people.
For instance, the yellow-bellied humbug, Champika, has campaigned to keep the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist UNPers out of power as long as I can remember. Now he is campaigning as if Wickremesinghe is his every-loving, long lost brother-in-law. Can you trust hypocrites like Champika to save the nation when he joins CBK-Mangala-Ranil-Sirisena forces knowing that they have always ganged up – and will continue to gang up — to sell the nation down the river?
Champika has jumped with both feet into the anti-national camp not to save the nation from sliding into another P-TOM or a Ranil-Prabhakaran deal but to bargain for a ministerial position for himself. His attempt to cover himself with a yellow robe to wangle a ministerial post in the Sirisena-Chandrika-Mangala-Wickremesinghe regime is a disgrace to Buddha, dhamma and sangha. His ministerial post will only strengthen and encourage Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe to go for another Ranil-Prabhakaran deal with TNA. There isn’t a bigger fool than the fool who thinks that he/she can save his cause by selling him/herself to the enemy.
In any case he is joining a Coalition consisting primarily of the anti-national forces. Furthermore, the chances of this bizarre Coalition surviving for long is very much in doubt. Without any ability to hang together as a solid political force they can never deliver good governance. Nor can they deliver their other promises. The change they are promising is change for chaos not for stability and growth.
The past record of coalitions has proved that a confused conglomeration of corrupt coalitionists can never give stability for peace, reconciliation and growth. Most of all, it is the business community that will have to face the consequences of the inevitable failures of CBK-Mangala-Ranil-Sirisena Coalition. The instability that will arise out of their higgledy-piggeldy politics will drive investors away and ruin the progress made by them so far. The nation will end up like their Coalition: in utter chaos putting the clock back once again by another fifty ears.
Can the business community afford this disaster?
Samuel Bandara / December 17, 2014
why is that this man seems to have all pains than anyone else.
It looks as if he works for an order of the ruling coalition :(
Amarasiri / December 17, 2014
H. L. D. Mahindapala -ala Mahinda-Shill and Whitewasher
RE: Sirisena-Ranil-Champika Coalition – The Disastrous Road To Instability
Q. “why is that this man seems to have all pains than anyone else.”
A. He is Shill and White-washer.
Thampala / December 17, 2014
Whose “shill” are you?
The Norwegian embassy’s?
Amarasiri / December 17, 2014
“Whose “shill” are you? The Norwegian embassy’s?”
Nobody’s shill. Shukks need to enjoy the video below.
However, Amarasiri is Promoter of Shill busters, Promoter of exposing Shills, exposer of corruption, nepotism, buster of myths, promoter of Good Governance, democracy. promoter of accountability, promoter of law and order and a;; those that go with Egalitarianism..
Here is Something for the Medamulana Maras to”Enjoy” on the 9th of January.2015 while reading The Common Sense Sri Lanka 2014
The Sinhala Subtitles are the Modern MaRa version of MaRa going berserk after losing on January 9, 2015.
What Hitler said in 1945 in German,and what MaRa is expected to say in Sinhala and with English Subtitles is given below.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Sinhala?
If you have time, or your friends have time, a Tamil Subtitle and English Subtitle video should be produced and widely distributed.
I have translated to English the Sinhala Subtitles. You do for Tamil and distribute. Enjoy!
Hitler Speaks is in ” “
All others are assistants speaking. Not in “ “
The Assistant Speaks: Sir, the current election results are not in favor of us..
There was no change even with the Fraudulent votes..
Uva, West, North and Eastern Provinces have an unfavorable situation..
The Hitler Says: “No need to Panic. My Hambantota People would have paid me respect … “
The Assistant Speaks: Sir,.. Hambantota, We have lost Hambantota as well , Sir. The Results just came in..
Hitler Says: ” Those who are here who have failed the 8th standard, G.C.E. O.L . all get out of here “
( The bulk leaves, leaving only 3)
Hitler: ” Then all of them are fail” ‘” The Supervisor of Airplanes, my Brother in Law also failed GCE OL?”
“Where, What have I Not done for this Election?”
“Decreased the price of oil”
“Pachavahini, TV lies, Ni T N , from morning till night lied”
” Because of your advice, also put “Jeyatissa” ( Shills?) people”
“State buses were used to haul people, and…”
The Assistant Speaks: You could have disclosed those Files..
Hitler, ” I you your files. Yako, Do you want me to disclose that as well?”
The Assistant Speaks: We don’t know if this was an international conspiracy, Sir.
Hitler ” what balls, international conspiracy, F***”
” Spent millions obtained from China. Using the boards that can be used to measure distance was used to put up cutouts”
” The war won by the armed forces was distributed and eaten”
” The gold obtained from the North was also distributed”
” With all that there was no profit even close to the Ass of a hair lice”
” Yako, if correct, with the racism and religious conflict, I should have got votes from both sides”
“That 8-month old child when I carried, the child who could not say mother, cried, Jayaweva, Jayavewa, Victory, Victory”
” They gave the child to my hands, and gave the vote to the other side”
” To keep you, I paid millions of dollars”
” That was money I could have used to get my son to do night races, Yako”
” That was money my brothers earned by getting commissions”
” Now, I have to take my woman and children and get on the road”
The Assistant Speaks: Don’t Cry Big Lady, at least the Ukku Baby’s (sucking baby’s) Moon is there
“For 8 years, ate, ate unfortunate, only Wattalappam ( dessert)was left to be eaten..”
” Now everybody gets the noose”
“Unfortunate, next month, Word Cup Final, got free ticket “
” If we became finalists, I invited the Australian Prime Minister ti watch the finals?
Goraka / December 17, 2014
Samuel, he has the right to say it however stupid it might sound to reasonable people like us!
Native Vedda / December 17, 2014
“why is that this man seems to have all pains than anyone else.”
As a Sinhala/Buddhist this is what he believes to be the best service to the Sinhala/Buddhist country or perhaps to impress his partner if he has one.
This man writes “So what is the score put up by CBK, Mangala, Siirisena and Wickremesinghe?”
Lets forget CBK’s Achilles heel moments however one should remember her achievement in making peace with JVP and completely stopping the armed forces and UNP cronies from slaughtering innocent civilians and JVP supporters and their family members in the South.
This man’s selective amnesia should be celebrated for his contribution to this island.
Lanka Liar / December 17, 2014
Mahinda Palar is a genius. He can predict the past.
Amarasiri / December 17, 2014
H. L. D. Mahindapala – Shill and Cat’s Paw of Medamulana MaRa.
You have company from BBS…Shills, Cronies and Cat’s Paws.
BBS – a cat’s-paw of the family
Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) carries out a contract from the government says a member of the BBS and former Chairman of Ja-ela Urban Council Anju Perera.
Speaking at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday (16th) Mr. Anju Perera said, “I was attached to BBS for more than 1 ½ years. I joined because I thought there were several issues Buddhists should get solutions for. However, when I was with the BBS I knew they were fulfilling a contract from the government. BBS functioned to change any opposition views against the government. They acted when public view was going against the government. BBS is an arm of the government. The Sinhalese Buddhists are not with them today. Others talk about BBS with facts they have found out. But I speak with what I have experienced.”
During the past ‘Lankatruth’ revealed that BBS is manipulated with the direct participation of the Defense Secretary to fulfil interests of Rajapaksa family. This view has been confirmed now by a person who has been active in the organization.
Kain / December 17, 2014
Money Talks ;)
Chandra / December 17, 2014
same ole same ole diatribe
Who let HLDM out of the Pizza oven
I’m sure most Sri Lankans who visit him at his home would have got his home-made pizza – I had a tuna & ham made by him. Not had a pizza since then.
Anyone know why he leaves out the Premadasa era?
Hounding of Richard Zoysa by the state run Lake House Newspapers?
Jim softy / December 17, 2014
The present Political Stability or the Stability that Mahinda Rajapakse talking has been either bought with money, useless ministerial posts and other perks such as lands and vehicles.
See hundreds of ministers and deputy ministers are appointed. They abuse the position for their advantage to collect wealth as the Grade Six pass passed trade minister who gave false evidence against Sarath Fonseka use to.
Ministers are not allowed to contribute and are not allowed to advance. Instead, the president are appointing ministry Secretaries and they must report to President and not to the Minister.
Besides, Champika was part of the govt. IT is Mervyn, Duminda, Sajin Vass who made the govt unpopular. They are still with the President. Ranil is the Opposition leader. but, the president continued what ever he did and Ranil did not destabilize anything.
Rarityminds / December 17, 2014
Jim Softy seems to have got it finally :) How come former Leela/Banda finally to listen to his belly feeling ? This should be a world s wonder. My gosh
Now only Siva Sankaram (former David Blacker) and few more on this platform to follow the same path.
Jim softy / December 17, 2014
Mahinda Rajapakse lived with Maithripala Sirisena and Champika for this long. All those days, they were good for Mahindapala.
Now, they are bad.
Saman / December 17, 2014
Mahindapala must immediately meet a psychiatrist.[Edited out]
Javi. / December 17, 2014
I can’t stand whining.
dotta danda pala palu (send him out- sho oh!)
Gune / December 17, 2014
What Sri lankan community as a whole including business community can not afford is the disaster of allowing this ruthless dictatorship to continue, to miss this opportunity may be the last opportunity for a long time to restore democracy in Sri Lanka and to rescue Sri Lanka from a ruthless regime and few henchmen who would absolutely do anything including murder to earn a commission or a favor, scavengers feasting on peoples agony for their personal gain, yes, people just like you Mr. Mahindapala.
paul / December 17, 2014
“Then one can’t stop questioning why MR selected General Fonseka as the commander from among many of the qualified, serving and battle harden major generals”.
Let us wait and see how many green ticks of approval for this truism.
Gaj / December 17, 2014
Is it worthwhile leaving a reply? It’s a waste of time? However for courtesy ‘ s sake count the no of responses you have got and how many are for you?
We all know how old coots like you lick the bottom of MaRa for a trickle of cents? Most of the patriots who abandoned the country to live abroad have suddenly realised the precarious position of MaRa! Subha Anagathayak to you bug…rs
CT IS GIVING SPACE FOR YOU NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE RESPECTED BUT TO USE YOU AS A PROXY to ALLOW THE BRICK BATS on MaRa
Thomas / December 17, 2014
I never read his garbage. I only come here to vote him down. Colombo Telegraph should add an up or down vote for the articles itself. It will save the readers time from sifting garbage.
T.A.KUMAR / December 17, 2014
If you read this mans articles it is pretty obvious that he I a plant of M.R. And will even go to wash him after using the toilet.
JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA / December 17, 2014
Jarapassala SUDDDE Denawa.
HLD, HIV, SB, All are giving jack up and backup for Jarapassa Clan.
Gamini Meemeduma / December 17, 2014
What I cant understand is hoe MS is going to govern, leaving out the beautiful phrases in his speeches. He has no team of his own, He has to depend on his cohorts who are all (repeat “all”) pulling in all the different directions of the political compass.
K.A Sumanasekera / December 17, 2014
How can My Three lead us to instability, disaster or even terrorism when he is sponsored and mentored by Angels..
Look at the List.
Ranil is on top.
Whether Cousin ..is happy to be on the side is going to be an issue, I guess .
After being on top all her life, it is going to be a problem..
But it won’t be disastrous, as they both are now Angels..
Matured ones of course.
Then we have Ravi, Fonny, Kiri, Taylor Boy, Keselwatta Kid, BASL Boss, ex CJ, perhaps both, ,Sambandan, Premachandran, Asth Sally, Arujuna . and even Hirunika on the second rung.
What a great assembly of Angels to give us Dalits ,Good Governance without Commissions..
“Can’t wait”. say the Intelligentsia..
Wonder why their media promoter didn’t opt for a catch phrase like “Sira’s Angels” for Good Governance and no Commissions…
And put Hirunika and Shirani on either side of My Three on a Poster for the Elite Turf…
Surely our Elite and the Diaspora Vellalas must have seen Charlie’s Angels .
Navin / December 17, 2014
Your three cannot lead you anywhere, but only down, down down. You need Viagra to bring it up.
Pot Shot / December 17, 2014
To know that in just 23 days this man, Malinda, Rajpal will all cease writing their rubbish, is something to look forward to. Rajpal has already made the Lake house papers the next best thing to toilet paper. Before Mahindapala converts CT to a cyber toilet of his, they should prevent him from contributing any further articles.
Diogenes / December 17, 2014
Who is this joker who looks like tha ancient magic man
Diogenes / December 17, 2014
Who is this [Edited out] Another astrologer?
dcn / December 17, 2014
Do not understand why CT continues with his articles. As his name indicates, he M……….Pala. His only agenda is run down Ranil, for which we believe has a lucrative contract. How much he may continue with his criticisms of Ranil and his plans, this time they are going to make it happen hiw much M…..Pala can writw or shiut about.
His quality of journalism has hit the rock bottom and best he can do for himself now is stop these stupid articles and watch the game what is going on.
Navin / December 17, 2014
Pardon me I not reading your farticle, because I will vomit. But I read the Headline which read:
“Sirisena-Ranil-Champika Coalition – The Disastrous Road To Instability”
Let me tell you plainly Mahindapala. To you Mahinda Rajapaksa appears very generous. Because he pays you handsomely for sucking dick. But we Sri Lankans do not like Sri Lanka being looted by him.
For example he is robbing the government treasury of 7 billion rupees to build one kilometer of road.
So, purely for the purpose of dumping him in the garbage can, we are ready and willing to embark on any “disastrous road to instability” .
Enjoy your faaluda. By the way, a bird whispers that comments [Edited out]
paul / December 17, 2014
“Do not understand why CT continues with his articles. As his name indicates, he M……….Pala.”
Welcome to democracy, free speech and press freedom enshrined under My-3-pala-naya…:-)
Navin / December 17, 2014
Please check under your three and see whether they are infested with body lice. (Pediculosis)
Roshan / December 17, 2014
who is this butthole? never heard of him
Neomal / December 17, 2014
Mahindapala get A$ 68 per article he writes to lake house news papers.
He is singing for supper really!!! :)
Kiri Yakka / December 17, 2014
Did I just see you walk of the the Sydney SL embassy wearing that Santa Cap ?
….distributing gifts to MR fans – including laptops ? Given your mental disposition I am concerned that you may pocket some of them in lieu of your services.
Abdullah Abdul Rahuman / December 17, 2014
Every nation had a very high esteem for the Srilankan Journalist but we have some have who have destroyed this respect to be clearly visible as please the power and fill your pocket
Ram / December 17, 2014
” The Disastrous Road To Instability “
It is the desired end result of the shrill voices seeking the elimination of the executive presidency, as it was before MR took over.
Roy / December 18, 2014
Mahindapala ,were you well looked after, lakhs or millions. Good luck sweet face,your mouth represents an unshaved well trimmed c… , on jan 9th you will definitely have black facial hair. Lord Mara bless him.
Upali Wijewardene / December 18, 2014
I am waiting under the Sirisena-Ranil-Champika Coalition – The Disastrous Road To Instability environment for you to come here from down under so that I can send you down under a few stinking skirts so that your tongue would have the real taste. You seemed to have not tasted the rotten stuff yet even though you have been sucking up to many disastrous politicians in your lifetime
Ranjit / December 18, 2014
Brilliant analysis Mr. Mahindapala……
Most Sri lankans are at a loss to understand the tragic opera playing now in Sri Lankan politics……..You made it simple for us.
Collective Identity / December 18, 2014
Mr Mahindapal, First lets get back to Decency, Democracy and Collective Identity.
We are a multi Religous and Multi Ethnic Nation with the majority been Biddhists.
Buddhism propagates religous harmony. “If we do not respect the beliefs of others we do not respect our own beliefs’ so said the Buddha. It is not about business Sir, it is about decency and democracy.
Let’s get started with that.
Lanka Liar / December 18, 2014
Mahinda Pakse has a plan for the future however wrong it may be,
Mahinda Pala has a plan for the past a genius who can predict the past.