Sri Lanka’s state media has referred to British Prime Minister David Cameron as a buffoon, a boor and a bully, after he issued an ultimatum about a war crimes probe against the country.
The Government’s flagship English Daily, the Daily News in its editorial yesterday said nothing short of a full apology was required from Cameron “for being, in short, the total unmitigated boor on his recent trip to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting”.
“The disrespect was palpable, but what stood out was the exceptional boorishness. From the time he landed on Sri Lankan soil, the Prime Minister played the Imperial blunderbuss. May be he didn’t have to play the role — being a Tory of the Bullingdon set, perhaps immaturity and entitlement-oriented behaviour comes naturally to him,” Daily News Editor Rajpal Abeynayake said in his editorial that have been obnoxiously critical of Government dissidents in the recent past.
The state daily said that Cameron had engaged in petty politicking during his visit and issued an ultimatum against his host head of state without “a modicum of respect for the fact that the best hospitality was afforded.”
“In many ways if his buffoonish behaviour did not have such far reaching implications, possibly, it would have been hilarious,” the deeply insulting editorial said of the British Premier.
“But the problem was that this is the Prime Minister of Britain, and though the gentlemen cannot possibly help but be the regular bumbling boor, the office he holds has ensured that he has alienated a great many Sri Lankans. An unqualified apology is in order, and we expect one to be dispatched from 10 Downing Street as soon as possible, under Prime Ministerial seal,” it said.