14 April, 2024

Blog

Surely, The Queen’s Government Can Do Better Than This?

By Rajpal Abeynayake –

Rajpal Abeynayake

Navi Pillai, the UN Human Rights Commissioner may be an example – to take a best case scenario – of someone who is an idealist of sorts, now in the business of being an international civil servant.
After all, Sri Lanka voted for Navi Pillai’s next term as the UN Human Rights Commissioner. But now we find that the Sri Lankan ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, has faulted Pillai for being partisan, and exceeding her mandate in pursuing a UN Human Rights Council resolution pertaining to our country.
There is no doubt that Pillai is a loose cannon UN civil servant, persecuting Sri Lanka virtually – when what was required was a dispassionate role within the framework of general UN procedure.
So, there are zealots all over. But it’s a blot on Her Majesty’s armed forces and their general image that in Britain, they cannot province security for a visiting invited head of state against overzealous and misguided supporters of the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist organization. And if such security was available, as reported elsewhere, why did the Commonwealth Business Forum not avail itself of its use?

Tendency, now routine

As the current chairman of CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) President Mahinda Rajapaksa was to address a Commonwealth Business Forum in London when he was in the city last week as a head of state invited for the queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
But a decision was made for the president by the organizers; he could not address the forum as a security breach was possible due to the massed presence of diaspora protestors outside the venue.
This tendency has now become routine each time the president visits the United Kingdom. Last time around, he could not address a meeting of the Oxford Students Union as the British police in the city of Oxford could not guarantee security.
The very routine nature of the happenings in Britain last week – the protests that prevented the president’s speech – thankfully prevented them from becoming a major story.
That was a silver lining in a situation that should not go without appropriate censure. Of what worth are Her Majesty’s armed forces and Her Majesty’s police, if they cannot be mustered to provide the necessary security cover for the person who is after all the chair of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting?
Arguably, the fact that British security could not ensure that the president would be able to deliver his speech at the forum is an insult to the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II herself. If a clear guarantee of security was there, no doubt the organizers would have gone ahead with the event.
It is also rather shocking that the defence authorities in the UK and the Commonwealth organizational elite does this type of thing so casually, without as much as a by your leave. ‘You are advised to cancel your speaking engagement in your capacity as the president of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,’ say the organizers. And that’s it.
From a country whose representative here in this country, Ian Rankin, who stated that there is no necessity for troops to remain in the northern and eastern parts of the island  because there is no terrorist threat anymore, this is to put it in the mildest of terms – rather odd.
In Rankin’s own country, the defence establishment cannot provide security for a head of state who is also the current chairman of the CHOGM, due to the security threat posed by the rump of the terrorist LTTE.

Virulent LTTE menace

But yet, Rankin in his wisdom believes that in the country in which that virulent LTTE menace originated, there is no terrorist threat that remains! If only Rankin could put his money where his mouth is, and get his government to provide the adequate protection for the Sri Lankan president whenever he visits the UK, he could probably claim that there is no terrorist threat from the LTTE with some degree of conviction.
The question is whether a reasonable effort was made in Rankin’s country to ensure that there was no threat to the security of an invited Head of State at a forum he was scheduled to address in an event organized by an international body.
Obviously, in a country which possesses one of the most sophisticated armies of the world – which intrudes into other countries in search of weapons of mass destruction for instance – the idea that there was not enough adequate security to shield President Rajapaksa from a terrorist security threat is not tenable.
Perhaps it is true that there was some amicable decision arrived at, after consultation with the Sri Lankan side that it’s best that President Rajapaksa does not address the forum.
The point is, the Sri Lankans were left with no choice. No security guarantee, no game – or so said the organizers. But was it a proper way to treat an invited head of state, who after all is the current chairman of the commonwealth body that the queen heads with distinction? If the Commonwealth Business Forum itself decided to cancel the event, shouldn’t the queen herself or her government which was responsible for inviting the president, prevailed upon the organization to go ahead with the event under the circumstances? Or is it for nothing that the queen is the head of the commonwealth?

Lakbima News

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 0
    0

    Why do i suspect this “Rajpal” is not Rajpal Abeynayake.

    If indeed he is who he says he is, please someone give him a “tokka” to come back to his senses.

    • 0
      0

      I always broke the rules and how I love to break all the rules here and see all these people red in the face some in denial that it’s me, even. It’s me allright, and don’t I love it ;-)
      Eat you hearts out guys!

      • 0
        0

        Rajpal:
        You forgot to add the simple qualification to your rule-breaking rant: “Except those that Mahinda, my lord and master, makes.” Go on, take a deep breath and say it. After all, the truth is supposed to make you free!

  • 0
    0

    Brilliant Mahen Silva ,Very well explained.Bravo. By the way Presidunce-Bean Your Prayer is Superb. Thank you both.

    • 0
      0

      I told you — its a mutual admiration society of f__k wits and half wits

  • 0
    0

    so pathetic….

  • 0
    0

    Hey Ainsley, Ranjan, Yakadaya et al… why do you waste your time with this journalistic moron? The effort is not worth it except that he comes out in a very sorry state.

    Now that he has revealed himself and exposed himself throughly, stop baiting this pathetic scribbler.

  • 0
    0

    hey you all are barking to dead tree. MR did not come to give the speech not because of security or scared of barking LZTE outside, creating ezlam in POM’s land but MR forgot his speech papers at hotel!!!!

  • 0
    0

    With buffoons like this defending the regime..there seems to be hope:)

  • 0
    0

    What Jubilee tour for this ‘anti-western hype’ madamulana, thrilled to mingle with the ‘Imperial Queen’

  • 0
    0

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
    http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/
    In short:
    • If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.
    • Don’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.
    • Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.

  • 0
    0

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
    http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/
    In short:
    • If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.
    • Don’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.
    • Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.

  • 0
    0

    Rajpa, first of let us get facts right.

    1 – There were no voting for extension of term of Navaneetham pillai. Her extension of period never went for voting because war criminals like Sri Lanka will loose in voting. It was conscent.

    2 – Tamara Kunanayagam complain has no validity for many reason.

    If that particular officer REALLY send such email, it can considered as manipulated one or to with the motive sabotaging the credibility of Navaneetham pillai.

    with these two reasons, your argument comes to ZERO.

    Part of his comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
    http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/

  • 0
    0

    Well its the time the diaspora is waking up in England, and the the continent –and so no coincidence; after a long hiatus they are at it again leaving little pieces of cowpat and other types of goat, ass,monkey (to be charitable) etc., refuse.
    The morning toilet ritual.
    Its at least proved beyond doubt it IS the diaspora and Tiger rump, none else.
    And notice the tone.
    Rajpal is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this.
    So that.
    Rajpal is aiyo, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ‘exposed.’
    Why?
    Because they said so?
    Mooooooooooooohaw haw!
    I know it gets so cold in those parts you get delusional.
    And notice also, Sri Lankan ‘villager’ Mahinda cannot go to see our Queen; (implied.)
    Must be jealous know when he goes and shakes hands and all these Maradana kade yana karayas can’t even go to see her toilet?
    Sin. more the pity.

  • 0
    0

    David

    How does it matter?
    Its not my main argument. My main argument has nothing to do with Pillai, its about MR’s visit is it not — can’t anybody see that?
    Actually I have made no ‘argument’ re’ Pillai; merely made a point saying she is probably a misguided idealist.
    If there was no vote, so be it. And I am not in anyway backing Tamara Kunanayagam’s letter ( I have no stand on that) — just stated it as a fact, as all readers do not know …
    Get it?

  • 0
    0

    @Ramona – buffoons defending the regime! Too true.

    These buffoons are bootlickers of the Prez, capering around for small favours, a free trip to Geneva to sing the govt’s praises!

  • 0
    0

    Yeah right — from people who took entire free lives free visas courtesy the Tiger rump.Cowpat keeps dripping.
    Nothing to say, other than baseless name calling? The level of frustration, its bizarre!
    Too true, even Tiger money cannot buy happiness on a cold and soggy day in Blighty.Here — have this pale ale on me.
    Better?

    • 0
      0

      A matter of correction of fact – do cowpats drip?? I’m being purely curious as I know little of cowpats.

      So perhaps the master of all journalistic cowpats should enlighten us!

  • 0
    0

    Why is a raven like a writing desk?

  • 0
    0

    what did you do in cold Geneva?

    • 0
      0

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
      http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/
      In short:
      • If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.
      • Don’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.
      • Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.

  • 0
    0

    Poor things — they keep blowing their gaskets in the cold. Here Kleenex. Clean up.

  • 0
    0

    Why is a raven like a writing desk?

    Heh heh heh

    No answer? No comment.

  • 0
    0

    Rajpal,You are truly a Kept journo.
    As for myself,I run my own company here in Colombo and don’t have to kadey like yourself.
    I called you a Kept journo because that’s what you have finally evolved into.

  • 0
    0

    And when I travel ,I pay for my own ticket + hotels.Whereas you ask someone to include your name in Govt. travel lists and pray that it won’t get deleted.

    You have no choice,people like you need to kadey to get “Something ekak”,to get by.

    • 0
      0

      Please, why would you want to insult his intelligence and integrity he is more than capable to pay for air tickets, hotels, and “whatever he fancies” regrettably he got caught with his pants down.

      Think, Rajpal needs to realise that Met Police was more than capable to provide the security to the President on the streets of London.
      CBC forum was a ticket affair at circa £1,000 ahead. CBC did Rajapakse a favour by canceling the morning session as it would have embarrassed MR even more.
      On a final note, next time i meet you, i swear i will in good jester “slap you”

  • 0
    0

    Oh my God! Why is there so much antagonism towards Rajpal Abeynaike?

  • 0
    0

    Now the new tack :-)
    I’m the greatest — I run my own company, hoo haa hoo haaa, laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-di daaaah duh-duh;
    (BTW: Who asked, Mr. insignificanto?)
    Margaret Tatcher once said “Being ethical is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
    Rajpal doesn’t go around claiming …..
    Oh, well, get that around your mentally challenged head, will ya?
    PETTY IS … AS PETTY DOES.
    lol :-)

  • 0
    0

    “Why is there so much antagonism towards Rajpal Abeynayake.”

    “Antagonism?”.
    I’m just playing lightning chess, simultaneous. 50 downed, none to go.
    Next.

  • 0
    0

    BTW
    i’m this, I’m that.
    Ok great heart — come out with your name, you company name, address and telephone number. Come out with your name you doof=us.
    Util then you are Mango, lavatory coolie — for all I care.
    COWARD! SPECTACULAR COWARD!
    Listen all ye, I’m Rajpal Abeynayake, I don’t hide behind pseudonyms and hit everybody with vile baseless untruths knowing you will never be revealed for the liar cheat and low life you are. Like 100 per cent of the others here.
    Nuff said.

  • 0
    0

    Purely as a defence against all the vile callow muck that has been raked here by the bitter Tamil Tiger rump/diaspora I say for the first and the last time, the allegations of my being a partial professional are absolute lies — bollocks really — and damned lies as everyone including the anonymous clowns here are aware..
    PROOF: The Lakbimanews team under my editorship guidance and editorial sanction, won the prestigious Editors Guild award for Investigative Journalist of the year, last year, 2011. The citation said: For the Lakbimanews team’s record of relentlessly unearthing STATE-CORRUPTION.
    That’s state corruption mind you, meaning of the government — this government, that’s this Rajapaksa government, ok?
    For the last two years running we won the most prestigious Editor’s Guild Journalist of the Year award under my editorship, editorial sanction and and guidance, for which we carry the message in our print edition masthead TO THIS DAY – Sri Lanka’s top award winning newspaper. This award will not as we all know be won without unearthing state corruption; as the citation said, ‘For investigative and socially relevant exposure and analysis of current issues in unrelenting forthright journalism.’
    We beat the Leader, The Times, The Nation, the Sinhala Ravaya, Lankadeepa and all the rest of the other Sinhala English and Tamil language newspapers in the entire island. The Editors’ Guild is an independent body comprising of all newspaper editors in Sri Lannka.

    Yet the diaspora insists on vomiting out this crap, as they always will. One article in the Colombo Page currently (now, right now, see it) is about corruption in the Free Media Movement — and its from Lakbimanews, my paper, as the credit line says. the Editor of Colombo Page is quoted extensively there, exposing Free Media Movement corruption .

    But yes, I very proudly and defiantly agianst all vile NGO pressure, staunchly defended this government for this one fact — for defeating the fascist terrorist and also venally insidiously corrupt LTTE.
    And for that, there is always the miffed anonymous cowardly diaspora spewing venom in anonymity, and carrying out a smear campaign of dark but uproarious lies, damned lies, and rubbish. I say pathetic, you cowards.
    And I know the reaction. It will be more pathetic venom, in cowardly cringe-making anonymity, as usual.
    Ta.

    • 0
      0

      YET ANOTHER LIE! THE SUNDAY LEADER WAS NOT EVEN IN COMPETITION OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, HAVING DROPPED OUT OF THE EDITORS’ GUILD IN PROTEST AGAINST THE TRAVESTY THAT WAS THE 2009 COMPETITION.

      BESIDES WHICH, WEREN’T YOU, RA, A PART OF THE PANEL THAT MADE THE SELECTIONS YOU REFER TO, SOMETHING TYPICAL OF YOU LOT?!

  • 0
    0

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
    http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/
    In short:
    • If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.
    • Don’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.
    • Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.

  • 0
    0

    I wish I could be less anon but,then a white van may kidnap me and nobody in my family will know.So,fear makes anon.And I like to live a few more years.
    You say your newspaper has won over ST,Ravaya and Leader…fishy,very fishy.
    Now,good night putha.

    • 0
      0

      Nobody is going to white van you for slandering me needlessly and baselessly you know that, you pusillanimous wretch/fraud.Any crutch to slander for intensely personal low-down reasons — we know that both you and me.Its my last post; I have found out beyond reasonable doubt this is essentially one person writing in different guises for sick personal reasons.Essentially is the operative word.

    • 0
      0

      Dont worry Mango. The LTTE is no more and it wont be as easy as before for the LTTE to operate their white vans and blame the security forces. Go ahead and enjoy the newly won freedom to live without suicide bombers and truck bombs in SriLanka.

  • 0
    0

    Yes, the defence is alwayas NGOs and the diaspora are levelling these allegations. But that is not the truth.

    There are decent ordinary Sri Lankans who are sick to the stomach as to what is going on.

    Hence the dislike if not virtual animosity drected towards this ‘journalist.’

  • 0
    0

    Rajpal, I admire your courage to respond (although the answers looks very silly and immature at times) to nearly 80 odd people who were critical of your article and sometimes had attacked you personally.
    I was surprised and happy today, to read a great Editorial from “Island”, one of the continuous supporters of the regime. I am producing a part of it here, and would like to know your views whether you agree with the colleague who wrote this Editorial and whether you would have guts to write something like this in future.
    Quote
    the government has failed to prevent and/or investigate crimes against the media let alone bring perpetrators to justice? The Sirasa TV studio complex came under an arson attack in 2009, and the attackers have gone scot free. The same fate befell Siyatha TV in 2010 and the arsonists got away with remarkable ease surprisingly in a high security zone. The Sunday Leader printing press was attacked twice in 2005 and 2008 and investigations were hushed up. The Sudar Oli press was attacked in 2005 and the perpetrators got away with their crime. The Udayan newspaper office in Jaffna has come under attack several times but no one has been brought to justice. Among the many journalists killed the most prominent was The Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, who was brutally murdered in broad daylight in 2009. No breakthrough has so far been made in what is made out to be a probe into his killing. Adding insult to injury, President Mahinda Rajapaksa keeps asking the media, Lasantha’s family and friends to furnish evidence and help the police with the probe! He gets locked into the same repetitive groove whenever he is questioned on ‘investigations’ into other crimes such as the massacre of five Tamil students in Trincomalee in 2006!
    President Rajapaksa and his party, the SLFP, together with its coalition partners made quite a hue and cry when the late President J. R. Jayewardene, intoxicated to the gills by a five-sixths parliamentary majority and unbridled executive powers, in his characteristic measured tone with a sarcastic grin to boot, told an irate public that they had to take care of their own security. But, today President Rajapaksa has overtaken JRJ; he wants victims of crime or their kith and kin to conduct criminal investigations, so to speak, and pass their findings on to the police for follow-up action! If people are to solve crimes themselves, what is the use of having a police force or a government? Little surprise that people, having lost faith in the police and the legal system, take the law into their own hands at the drop of a hat. This disturbing trend is symptomatic of nascent anarchy. It is high time the government realised that crime, human rights violations, corruption, abuse of power, criminal waste of public funds and the blatant plunder of people’s wealth cannot be swept under the carpet of pseudo-patriotism.
    Yes, there are some foreign organisations bent on tarnishing the image of this country. The best way to neutralise them, we repeat, is not for the government to hide facts or crack down on them but to deprive them of grist for their mill by restoring the rule of law, combating crime effectively and improving its human rights record. The government can decimate the underworld within a matter of few days, given the sheer number of military and police personnel, especially the STF commandos at its disposal, if it is really keen to do so. But, it is baulking at the task because the nether world of crime and drugs is controlled by pro-government criminals who do its ‘political work’. The SLFP has a history of coddling dangerous criminals like Kaduwela Wasantha, Indare, Chandi Malli, Beddegana Sanjeewa and Wambotta. Some government politicians openly protect and benefit from drug czars like Kudu Lal, who fled the country a few years ago, with the help of a ministerial toughie. So, how could the incumbent government be expected to rid the country of crime? It only selectively eliminates some criminals from time to time.
    Instead of reproaching the messenger for reporting facts, the government must get its act together as regards crime busting operations, criminal investigations and prosecution. At present crime prevention is conspicuous by its absence and the conviction rate is as low as four per cent. The abominable nexus between the ruling party potentates and underworld figures came to light last October when presidential advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and UPFA MP Duminda R. Silva got involved in a shootout, which left the former dead and the latter critically injured. The police have been reduced to an appendage of the ruling UPFA. And, worse, the Defence Secretary naively or wilily animadverts on the media for the manner in which they report crime!
    Unquote.

    • 0
      0

      Its my last post; I have found out beyond reasonable doubt this is essentially one person (not 80 persons) writing in different guises for sick personal reasons.Essentially is the operative word.

      • 0
        0

        ‘Essentially one person?’…what a laugh!

        Even a semi-literate would realise, reading these posts and seeing the different styles of language used, that its more than one person.

        Of course, if this ‘journalist’ wants to think so for his own comfort, let him do so.

        Part of this comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
        http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/

      • 0
        0

        Poor Aberknicker’s he really has lost his marbles. Imagine just one person making all the above comments? :)

  • 0
    0

    And by the way, now that this strikes me, this ‘journalist’ who writes pure rubbish in defence of MR (apparently he is also a briefless laywer) does not know the first thing about the notion of a constitutional monarchy when he refers to “..The Queen’s Government..’.

    Naturally the Queen does not HAVE a government.

    Basic knowledge – you don’t have to scrape through law College to know the difference!

    • 0
      0

      If the Queen doesn’t have a government, who are all those people masquerading as a prime minister and ministers in Westminster?

    • 0
      0

      And why is the Labour Party referred to as “Her Majesty’s Opposition”?

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 5 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.