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SLFP Politicians Are Suffering From Obsolescence – Senior Minister’s Partner Criticises Government

By Colombo Telegraph –

Senior minister DEW Gunasekara’s partner  Barbara Seneviratne has started to criticise the government through The Island letters to the editor columns. In her recent letter she says ; “It is very obvious that SLFP politicians are suffering from obsolescence. The obsession to be in power is so great that the government is blind to the fact that our population is sodden with drink, drugs, steeped in vice, eaten up by social and physical malady.” “It’s time the government stopped blowing its own trumpet and took immediate steps  to solve the burning issues of the day as regards education, health, food and the rights of the Tamil people etc.” she further says.

Barbara Seneviratne

In an earlier letter she said ” Never in the history of this country have we witnessed as we do today the banality of evil which has penetrated this Island. The recurrent looting of banks, corporations, government institutions, thuggery by government MPs, ministers, and underworld elements is very common, like the sun going down. Besides, this government has made the legal system easy for criminals, but difficult for law abiding citizens.”

Her partner senior minister DEW Gunasekara is also the chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises ( COPE) . She wrote; “The COPE findings have shown the general public the extent of corruption of this government during the past four or five years. So much so, the government members of parliament were unable to face the debate on the COPE findings; like racoons, they crept away. There are many reasons for this sordid state of affairs. First, we have scant respect for public property. The general attitude is to rob anything that is ‘public’. We have read of VIPs encroaching on public property, etc. Secondly, the alarming rise in crime which is due mostly to the lowering of standards in public and private life.”

“Politics is tainted with crime, the moral standards of policemen, politicians and criminals are indistinguishable. For all these crimes, the blame falls on both the people and the government. The governing party will nominate any Tom, Dick or Harry, be he a thug of the area or a criminal. An example is Mervyn Silva. The public knowingly or otherwise elect shady characters, who are poorly educated,  drug peddlers and corrupt individuals. It is very unfortunate that in 2005, the people who had great hopes are now faced with a government steeped in corruption, inefficient administration and greed for power which will make this country hell to live in.” she further wrote.

Below we give two of her recent articles;

Lanka in tears

May 10, 2012, 6:28 pm
Never in the history of this country have we witnessed as we do today the banality of evil which has penetrated this Island. The recurrent looting of banks, corporations, government institutions, thuggery by government MPs, ministers, and underworld elements is very common, like the sun going down.

Besides, this government has made the legal system easy for criminals, but difficult for law abiding citizens.

The COPE findings have shown the general public the extent of corruption of this government during the past four or five years. So much so, the government members of parliament were unable to face the debate on the COPE findings; like racoons, they crept away.

There are many reasons for this sordid state of affairs. First, we have scant respect for public property. The general attitude is to rob anything that is ‘public’. We have read of VIPs encroaching on public property, etc.

Secondly, the alarming rise in crime which is due mostly to the lowering of standards in public and private life.

Politics is tainted with crime, the moral standards of policemen, politicians and criminals are indistinguishable.

For all these crimes, the blame falls on both the people and the government. The governing party will nominate any Tom, Dick or Harry, be he a thug of the area or a criminal. An example is Mervyn Silva.

The public knowingly or otherwise elect shady characters, who are poorly educated,  drug peddlers and corrupt individuals.

It is very unfortunate that in 2005, the people who had great hopes are now faced with a government steeped in corruption, inefficient administration and greed for power which will make this country hell to live in.

Barbara Seneviratne,

Pita Kotte

SL headed for a dark era?

June 14, 2012, 7:34 pm
It is very commendable and refreshing to read The Island editorials. The explanatory remarks should be an eye opener to the politicians of the government party.

It is very obvious that SLFP politicians are suffering from obsolescence. The obsession to be in power is so great that the government is blind to the fact that our population is sodden with drink, drugs, steeped in vice, eaten up by social and physical malady.

These years are the darkest as during the time of J. R. Jayewardene, who created  this very same mode of government.

Only one man stood up to him, a brave journalist by the name of B. A. Siriwardena or ‘Sira’ of theAththa newspaper.

His pen was stronger than the sword or shall I say than the steel chains of his thugs.

It’s time the government stopped blowing its own trumpet and took immediate steps  to solve the burning issues of the day as regards education, health, food and the rights of the Tamil people etc.

Barbara Seneviratne

Pita Kotte

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    I think she is better than DEW/Tissa/Vasu clan. long live my lady!

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      Is it an indication of rats preparing to jump ship?

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    What do the partners of the other two great Left leaders, Prof. Sirimalee (Tissa V) and NGO Queen Nimalka (Vasu) say?

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    We need more Barbaras .

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    we have another partner too. Vasu’s partner Nimalka also a brave lady. she has been criticising Rajapaksa Gove for ages

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    well done Barbara . you are brave and honest .

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    At last its clear that these ladies are having a back born, What’s wrong with their male partners?

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      Nimal you mean ‘bone’ and questioning about their male partner’s, well they have gone limp obviously Barbra is the cause. Wait till DEW gets up or give him a dose of Vyagra.

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        That’s a good one Gamini

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    DU himself fall into the category of obsolete politicians. He is there, maybe because he wants to die a minister, just like Vasu and Tissa Vitharana, enjoying the perks and privileges that go with a cabinet portfolio. All these ex-lefty guys lost whatever legitimacy that was left in them, with them voting for the 18th amendment to the constitution. So, what we now have in Sri Lanka is a family-run kleptocracy, steeped in nepotism and cronyism.

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    Ok,we all know it’s bad,worst ever in history.
    Set an example and Dew should resign.No need of a long letter,state the truth and resign in protest.
    Better to live without money & perks than hanging on.

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    Barbara is a great lady , she speaks the truth , we need honest people like Barbara Seneviratne , We salute you Barbara

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      Vimu how naive you could be. It took so long for Barbara to realise after supporting at the begining and enjoying DEW’s perks all this time. Anything but great.

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    Barbara Seneviratne is of the old school.She has dignity, virtue, erudite articulation, compassion and moral correctness written all over her letters. She seems indignant that contemporary society has left these characteristics in the rubbish tip while foraging among the stinking refuse that progressives have long since discarded in countries that have flourished. I feel sorry that she must still live in Pita Kotte while being stung by the stench around her.

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      Lasantha, why what is wrong with Pita Kotte? What stench? Yes ofcourse this type of character living there have soiled the area. Bloody hypocrites the entire Left, like the Boralugoda Weeraya ending up as a Minister in the Capitalist UNP and thanks to Dudley Senanayake manged to secure Scholarships for all his children to go to Eastern Europe to qualify while he preached vernacular education for the average Sri Lankan.

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    I like reading her articles. She can write them easily so that masses can wake up and rally round to go against current repeated ill happeneings in the country.

    More of her kind should wake up the nation, else, lanka will only be governed by Mervin type of people in the very near future.

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    quiet agree with the following above all:

    “Politics is tainted with crime, the moral standards of policemen, politicians and criminals are indistinguishable. For all these crimes, the blame falls on both the people and the government. The governing party will nominate any Tom, Dick or Harry, be he a thug of the area or a criminal. An example is Mervyn Silva. The public knowingly or otherwise elect shady characters, who are poorly educated, drug peddlers and corrupt individuals. It is very unfortunate that in 2005, the people who had great hopes are now faced with a government steeped in corruption, inefficient administration and greed for power which will make this country hell to live in.” she further wrote.

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    We need more madam Barbaras to openly criticize the wrongs of this corrupt family dictatorship with it’s political goons who destroy the country which no other dictator has ever done in the world. Even Hitler safeguarded national treasures and the paintings during the war, but here it’s becoming more common with free flow of drugs flowing into the country and allowing crimes, murders, and all other vices to flourish by drugging the public. Please call in for a united opposition to safeguard the country from these marauders.

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    The facts stated in the correspondences may be agreeable. But one wonders what the partners of non-SLFP ministers are up to. Partner of another minister went to Geneva to describe Sri Lanka as hell hole in Asia. While the male partners want to be in Government and thereby prevented from criticizing it, the female partners criticize the Government.

    This can be interpreted as an instance of playing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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    Brilliant exposure of corruption,nepotism, cronyism, thuggery,crime and impunity of the rule of law.But has her partner any conscience of shame when he keeps grovelling in darkness as a senior minister of this most maligned government since independence..

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      Quiet agree with you here. I also ask almost every right thinking person would raise the question why the masses behave apathetic today than had been never before. Means not that majority folks necessarily support the incumbent GOSL. Even if Mervin himself is publicly engaged with money extortion the related issue or uncivilised human punishments such tying civil servant to trees by himself, many seem to be regard them all as indifferent. Have we ever had a period in the country in our history. Any uneducated guy can easily get close to top of the office.

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    Rare indeed is such outspoken courage and frankness. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu! Not only the above mentioned but much of the clergy in this country is suffering from the same malady, lending a hand to the demoralisation of this society.

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    See now Victor Ivan has no Ink in his pen. Critics all forgotten after comforts received from MR.

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      hansan says:

      “See now Victor Ivan has no Ink in his pen. Critics all forgotten after comforts received from MR”.

      If he had actually has no in in his pen we could buy him a descent ball point pen. He didn’t run out of ink however he had lost his b.lls.

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    Good critic acting before the ship sinks after enjoying the perks too late & too little.

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    Of course somewhat a fair ivaluation, but before publish your ideas why not convience your husband to quit the Government,making a similar statement to the press.Doesnt he have a backbone?.

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      Udugampola, when did invertibrates have backbones?

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    She may be the “old school” type – but where the heck had she been living the past 100 years? Was she in Sri Lanka during the infamous regimes of JR, Premadasa and Chandrika? Is she not critical of those morons just because they were “Colombians” who probably were her Colombo-7 buddies? I think she just wants some attention for herself and probably her husband who has so far not been heard of very much these days.

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