24 November, 2020

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The United National Party Has A Historic Responsibility For The Country

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“I remember Ranasinghe  Premadasa (one of the party’s icons who heralded the metamorphosis of the UNP from a dominant feudality into the era of the common man) saying that a future leader must first learn to follow before he leads. I have my serious doubts that his son, Sajith, is following that wisdom” 

Historic Role

If one has an honest look at at history of the Grand Old Party founded by DS Senanayake one has to reckon that the UNP has been a potent political force for national construction. The party had its roots in  the Ceylon National Congress; it  helped spearhead the independence movement, and achieved political independence for the island nation. UNP leaders have given leadership to outstanding developments beginning from Gal Oya, through  various other irrigation schemes like Mineirya, Kawduluwewa, Giritale, Parakrama Samudraya, Mahweli Development, colonization schemes, health, Maha Vidyalayas, free education and a range of hospital and medical care across the whole country. For a long time, it ran a sound Public Service and a great judiciary.

The party has gone through difficult political vicissitudes many a time. But, perhaps having emerged in auspicious times or perhaps driven at the start with honest intentions by men of calibre, the UNP has continued to dominate the political scenario in our country. Ranil Wickremesinghe currently bears the mantle of that great heritage and it is his historic task to keep the party as an instrument for the island’s further development and internal harmony as a nation. Only one’s political prejudices can dictate that he isn’t doing it right even against the very difficult situations he has to contend with. His key problem now are numbers in parliament and a capricious president hostile to him and the party. Ranil’s management of these precarious tribulations and his skill in walking the rope represents a unique leadership quality of a different type. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership isn’t the charismatic punchy and brawny type but a brainy and strategic type more in accord with Max Weber’s ‘Legal-Rational model.’

Lesson for the Younger Generations in Party

Younger generations have necessarily entered the party;  they have been products of a different cultural upbringing. This explains the sharp variances in their responses in the face of multiple challenges that Sri Lanka face today. Seniors must recognise that. However, these new generations  must adhere to the core values that have made the UNP the great party it has been  and the productive force it has been. Essentially, there must be discipline. Barring a few years of rule under the impressive mountain that was JR Jayewardene when it appears that some elements of the party were taking the party astray, the United National Party has been disciplined. Younger members must learn to follow before they lead. I remember Ranasinghe Premadasa (one of the party’s icons who heralded the metamorphosis of the UNP from a dominant feudality into the era of the common man) saying that a future leader must first learn to follow before he leads. I have my serious doubts that his son, Sajith, is following that wisdom. 

Sajith Premadasa

I say this from empirical evidence of his observed political behaviour and from the many assertions of policy he has been announcing on the public stage recently. While as a senior public servant I watched in parliament how Ranil Wickremesinghe, the present leader and Prime Minister, openly defended R Premadasa on the floor of the house during the infamous impeachment that preceded the latter’s untimely death at the cruel hands of an assassin. I am rather disconcerted to notice that from the commencement of his political career Sajith took a different course. Sajith has been afflicted by a neurosis born of a strange hunch that he has a right to replace Ranil as soon as possible.

This explains why about 15 ears ago, when he was barely 35, Sajith chose to challenge his leader during the dark years of the UNP when the party was thrown into limbo for a long time by Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Rajapaksa family.  Mahinda kept inducing UNP members to cross over offering them all portfolios and other forms of bribery and Ranil stayed cool with his characteristic unruffled Buddhist composure. 

Ranil-the EQ man

Ranil Wickremesinghe has  displayed a rarely high quality of emotional intelligence that has kept him on the survival wings despite all sorts of impediments. Daniel Goleman in a landmark book captioned “Emotional Intelligence,” has brought out the point that the critical thing for a leader is emotional intelligence, which he rates above traditional IQ. Goleman calls this EQ. It is Ranil’s EQ, even more that his political foxiness that has kept him on top. Prabhakaran publicly asserted that he feared Ranil because he was “a fox.” On the other hand, in politics one must have a foxiness to succeed and, hence, that characteristic cannot be regarded as a negative in a leader. In his classic book on advice to rulers Machiavelli made this point quite bluntly. I believe it was more a case of EQ rather than alleged political cunningness as far as Ranil is concerned.

Sajith Premadasa

The EQ is about the first thing Sajith should have observed and learned form his leader when he joined the ranks. The second thing is the need to develop a broad understanding of public policy issues that are  critical for a political leader. This, too, Sajith could have learned  from the leader had he decided to be a more humble  apprentice rather than a man waiting to usurp as of right. The first stance would have made Sajith a man of political wisdom; the second stance converted him into a youngster with a grudge. Sajith has the great and eloquent voice of his Dad but not the wisdom and learning that he could have gathered from his leader. 

The result: we observe with embarrassment  many juvenile and unschooled expressions Sajith makes on stage these days. To refer to only a few: Sajth states that he will ( once in power) give money to families that hand over their kids  to the temple for ordination. Next, he will give everyone a minimum income of Rs 50,000. Third, he will give everyone a plot of land. Fourth, he will take from the 20% who have wealth and share that ‘excess’ with amenities for the rest. And now he swears to die for his country. 

The aspiring UNP leader sees nothing of the central economic problem at the bottom of Sri Lanka’s society that is driving the country into total dysfunction in every aspect of life. This is the need for structural reform that converts Sri Lanka into an export economy out of a dependent import economy. He could, surely, observe his leader fully focused on this issue and talking everywhere about economics. Sajith should learn his economics. This is learning time for him and not leding time. Sajith should have learnt the crucial need for export policy and employment from his Dad, too. R Premadasa’s noticeable national contribution was not his ‘Gam Udawa.’ That was  mere hype. Premadasa’s economic policy contribution had been  the development of the garment industry.

Sajith’s housing policy has been criticised by me before. He will never make even a small dent on the housing problem by diverting scarce revenue resources from the treasury onto the construction of houses. That revenue extracted from the treasury has a serious opportunity cost to health ,education and other vital areas of social life. A housing problem can be solved only out of a grown economy and banking system acting in conjunction.

Yet, Sajith has locked himself into the narrow area of housing ever since he got Minister status. Consequently, he gathered no experience in complex thinking about broad policy issues. He has not grown out of challenges. His mental  focus has narrowed instead of grown. His Dad used to famously say that he learnt his law out of the old cases thrown over the Hulftsdorp parapet walls! Although  he was joking , he was really evincing the need for learning.

We do not observe Sajith Premadasa making any policy advancements toward the other critical national problem of reconciliation and nation-building. Hence, he doesn’t address the burning issues of the Tamil and Muslim groups in the island. These don’t seem to cause any concern for him. How could he, then, be a national level leader and be acceptable by all communities? He has to get the latter’s votes if he is to win.

On the whole, I observe an old-style policy attitude in this aspiring leader. This is essentially populist and belongs to Sri Lanka’s misguided and disastrous years of handing out doles like free rice to every man and woman. He keeps worshipping at temples in the old style of the Bandaranaikes. I fear that if ensconced in power Sajith Premadasa will convert the grand old party from being  the potent force for private entrepreneurship and freedom that it is into a chaotic, autocratic and moribund SLFP-type

How come Ministers like Harsha and Eran and Mallik back Sajith?

Against this bizarre political behaviour, I have wondered how persons we assume know  their economics, like Harsha, Eran and Mallik take the upper hand in the pro-Sajith campaign to oust the leader and endanger the steps already installed to set the economy right. A Lanka E News columnist, raises this very issue thus in its Sinhala version:

හර්ෂලාගේ එරාන්ලාගේ ආර්ථික දැනුම අපට ප්රශ්නයකි..

ආර්ථික ඔස්තාද්ලා ලෙස පෙනී සිටින හර්ෂ, ඉරාන් වැනි අය මේ [deleted]යෝජනා ගැන තම මතයන් කිව යුතුය. මේ යෝජනා ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම මගින් ඇතිවිය හැකි ආර්ථීක ප්‍රතිඵල ගැන කතා කළ යුතුය. නැතිනම් ඔවුන්ගේ ආර්ථික දැනීම ආපසු ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම් වලට ලක් වීම වැලැක්විය නොහැකිය. ලංකාවේ සමාන්‍ය ජනතාවගේ දැනීම් මට්ටම මෙතරම් බාල්දු නොකල යුතුය. මෙවැනි යෝජනා ඉදිරිපත් කරන අපරිනත මිනිහෙක් ජනාධිපති කිරීමට මොළයක් ඇති කිසි කෙනෙක් ඉදිරිපත් වන්නේ නැත. පොහොට්ටුවෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත්තේ ඔවුනට සිටින හොඳම අපේක්ෂකයා බවට සරත් ෆොන්සේකා ගේ ප්‍රකාශය පිළිගත හැකි ප්‍රකාශයකි. ‌වෙනකෙක් ලියා දුන්නක් වුවද  11 වෙනිදා ගෝඨාභය සිදුකළ කතාව සැලකිය යුතු මට්ටමේ පරිනත කතාවකි. ජවිපෙ අපේක්ෂකයාද අඩු තක්සේරු කළ නොහැකිය. මේ ශක්තිමත් අපේක්ෂකයින් අතරේ එජාපයෙන් ජෝකරයෙක් ඉදිරිපත් වුවහොත් ප්‍රතිඵල ගැන අමුතුවෙන් කියන්න දෙයක් නැත.”

(English Translation: Persons like Harsha and Eran who pose as economics pundits should hold themselves responsible for [such inane utterances by Sajith]. They should explain the economic consequences of Sajith’s promises. They shouldn’t under estimate the knowledge of the ordinary man about these matters. No person with any brains will back a person who makes such proposals. Pohottuwa has presented its best candidate-according to Sarath Fonseka. The JVP leader’s knowledge cannot be put behind. It is not difficult to predict what will happen if an immature leader like Sajith is pitted against strong opponents like these two)

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    Mr. Jayasinghe

    The man you idolize has nothing tangible to show for four decades in politics. His single achievement has been to neuter the UNP , maintain a stranglehold on the leadership of what was once a great party, and ensure himself the position of either a lame duck PM , or the leader of the opposition . You cannot keep flogging a dead horse – for heavens sake the man is 70 + and should be enjoying his retirement .

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      Fully agree with the Oracle. Tell me please one good thing RW has done. Except to go to ALL the temples in Asia and drape himself in yellow!!

      The very first responsibility for the UNP membership is to somehow get him out

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        Strangely enough, Ranil is one Lankan politician …….. his visiting all the temples and sucking up to the high priests hasn’t worked for him. …… Is his ………. trying to endear himself to the Buddhists any different to other pols? What is he doing wrong?

        Wonder if Shyamon has an explanation?

        Ranil has had 20 odd years to strut his stuff …….. and he has been a miserable failure to make himself into a bona fide “Lankan leader” – whatever that is – and it’s time for him to step aside and give someone else a chance. He owes the country or the people nothing …………… and the country owes him nothing.

        To give him his due ……. the last 4 years under his watch ………. there was no thuggery and murder. Compared to the rest of the pols he has upbringing and class; perhaps not honesty. :))

        Can a man have class without honesty? What say you, Native?

        Sajith is the UNP version of uneducated Rajapakses ……….. only thing is, he hasn’t killed; not yet. …….. His old-man has …… soooo he has impeccable pedigree ……..

        The similarities with the Rajapakses are too numerous ……… the same bogus claims to education/qualifications ……… He just doesn’t have the intellectual vigour to pass out from LSE or U of MD.

        For 71 years, after independence, the country has had nothing but industrial-strength bastards as leaders to deal with …….. now 2 brand new bastards have lined up

        I’m sure Lanka will handle them in her stride ……… just as she has handled them before ……..

        She has taken on the best bastards fate can throw at her …….. and left them broken and battered in her wake without missing a beat.

        She shall overcome ……….. this time too.

        Overcoming is all she can do ……… and have time for ………..

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        Normally I would stand for anyone but Ranil, but in this instance Shyamon has some valid points.

        Has anyone seen how Sajith responds to the press?? I am now thinking he has a mental problem and totally unfit to be a leader. May be that’s why RW cannot give him the leadership! With each passing day Sajith looks more and more unbalanced!!

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      The oracle,
      I have to disagree both you and Shyamond. Considering what he inherited politically (minority Gvt) and financially (debt ridden economy without income even to pay down annual loan instalments with interests) along with unprecedented amount of natural hazards one after the other (2 & 1/2 years of droughts, floods, the explosion of ammunition depot), there shouldn’t be any argument about his achievements on political & economic fronts. On the international front, he & his cabinet was able to regain the international confidence which was lost under the previous administration. I think that we are forgetting all those b’cos of the merciless media attack. I also think that Ranil himself is at fault for believing that his work will speak for itself. But, he should have known that Goebbel’s law is powerful tool to subvert the truth!

      Shyamon’s is misinterpreting R Premadasa’s statement; for, ‘following” does not necessarily mean becoming a blind “peripatho”. Is Ranil a blind follower of UNP leaders? Certainly not. His interests in abolition of Exec presidency is one of the prime example. Ranil accepts JR’s economic model but is now deviating from the political model quite conspicuously. If Sajith should follow predecessors’ footsteps, how can he be wrong to do so by following Karu J who also tried to challenge the existing party structure? Why should be wrong to distance himself from those who brought a mud-bath of corruption charge of bond deal & thereby causing an enormous loss of public trust with the party?

      All these attack on Sajith has no real meaning on future economic policies b’cos the architect of “social democratic economic policy of the current UNP Gvt is nobody but Harsha who is also with Sajith.

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    Fine analysis. Every word is on the spot

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      Indeed I cringe in shame and embarrassment at the manner in which Sajith has propelled himself as a presidential candidate. It is obvious he lacks respect for the leadership, party policy and principles of basic ethics. Couldn’t he have waited patiently till the party was ready to nominate it’s candidate? The damage that he has brought on the UNP as well as Sri Lankans in general is irreparable.
      It is indeed unfathomable that the likes of Harsha and Mallik let Sajith make such nonsensical promises and statements. The spirit of a political party that contributed so significantly for the economic development of the country is defamed. Selfish greed for power is what propels him; I see no love for the people or the country in his stances.
      I certainly hope and pray that the statement “They shouldn’t under estimate the knowledge of the ordinary man about these matters. No person with any brains will back a person who makes such proposals” stands vindicated.

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    is it his foxiness that led mr bean to lose 24 elections

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    How long should a politician learn from his leader? If a leader goes astray is it prudent for a young politician to follow him or break away from him? In USA men under 50 years of age has been elected as Presidents and they seem to have done well. No doubt ‘experience’ is an essential ingredient for a politician, but where do the experience end and his own initiatives take charge?
    Unfortunately, in Sri Lanka old age overtakes even brilliant youths and youthful talents are wasted leading to frustrations.
    Retirement is generally at 55 where youthfulness ends and therefore the old over65 should give way to the ‘NEW’ and be a guiding angel where ever necessary. The old are generally conservative, cunning and greedy.

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    Do you even KNOW these people? You live in Australia and pontificate. Go back to Sri Lanka and be courageous.. NO ONE Has time for your Aussie drivel and totally one-sided UNP hosannas.

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    Let’s face facts. Sajith is the only person who can steer the party and country at large out of doom. For all I know, the founder members of the UNP must be turning in their graves at the way the party has denigrated and disintegrated under Ranil’s leadership. It is his moral responsibility and bounden duty to step down and hand over to someone who has the best interests of the country and people at heart. And that person is Sajith. Period.

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      Sajith is a Man of the People, and the People know it!
      The Rajapakses say that they are for the People, but the People know that they are only interested in their Own Pockets and Glorification!

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      Gitanjali
      “Let’s face facts”
      Bit of nepotism its not problem when its happen in the party you support ha! Premadasa dynasty to the rescue. Amazing now Sajith has become the savior of not only UNP the country itself.
      Whats the facts can you elaborate? So far one fact is true family blood line.

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    Shyamon, like what Lankaenews is pondering about Harsha, Eran et al let’s ponder a little bit. You being living in Australia know how democratic party political systems work well in rejuvenating and sustaining it’s vitality. When a leader looses popular will he/she lets another to take over and rebuild that lost trust. But what did your master the high EQ Ranil do after loosing no less than 28 times? He built a dictatorship within the party so he can rule in perpetuity. The result……..the party thrown into wilderness for two decades. The party couldn’t find a winnable national leader for two consecutive presidential elections. Is that what you want Sajith to follow? What was Ranil promising to the electorate? Bracelets, bogus VW car plants……….What is the difference? There is a limit to your BS. Don’t continue to insult us.

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    He can only say this because he does not live here snd Gota can’t send a white van to Australia , he don’t care about the rest of us, serves his master like a doggy

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      Is this the reason why we want to present a person of Sajith’s caliber as an alternative presidential candidate? Why do we love to be and live in fear? Why can’t we be proactive and educate ourselves about the candidates so we can vote right by our country and the future of the young?

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    I suppose it is Ranil’s high ‘Emotional Intelligence’ that prompts him to obstruct justice and come to the aid of criminals every time one of these fugitives from justice strikes a deal with him.

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    There won’t be a UNP if Ranil was not the lead for last 3 decades. Since 1993 RW has kept the party intact.
    For all the people who say he has been a dictator should all look at where UNP was then and now.
    As a supporter of UNP from 1977, I ask all these young turks who criticizes RW to study the history of UNP a struggle the party seniors had to endure to build the party from 1993. RW has gone through abuse (like DT in USA), and he was shot( yep look at the tapes) at by Chandi akkas govt in Maradana protest he carried out with V. Anandasangaree.
    There wouldn’t be a UNP for all these restless bunch of dumbos (baby elephant) to scream and insult the leader.
    Who are the people behind dumb Sajith. Sujeewa, Ajith, Harin, Harsha, Eran, Tiran ( Sajith’s best buddy has a long standing grouse with RW because of his father’s misdeeds) and Mangala.
    All of them as sponsored by Killi Maharaja. Sworn enemy of RW. RW once said about Sujeewa “I do not his pay him, Killi is, so he has to be loyal to him”. Mangala may not be Killi’s baby but opportunistic, political dick.
    The only reason that they want RW out of the party is, for Killi to take absolute control of the party.
    Whatever, people say about RW he has kept the party intact. Compare SLFP and UPFA in 1994 to UNP 2019. Can any party match the intellectuals that UNP has today? Does any party has a leadership group to match UNP young and old?
    I am expecting to get severely criticized for saying this, if not for RW UNP would be in pieces. UNP-SLPP, UNP-SIRASA, UNP-UPFA etc. Above all there won’t be any Democracy in the country.
    By the way there is an interesting juicy article written by a medical doctor (no less) in Lanka e news website about Sujeewa. Interesting.

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    Ranil is well past his ‘shelf ‘life. He has a Laissez Faire approach at best or just incapable at worst. His interview with the foreign press a few months ago about the Easter Sunday bombing said it all. In UK where I am domiciled currently, I have seen many past leaders & PMs, from John Major & Michael Foot to David Cameron & Ed Milliband, stepping down gracefully when they appeared to have failed in the eyes of the party. Some, like Margret Thatcher & Theresa May, high flying may be at their peak, were nevertheless forced by their own party to step down. Of course, SL politicians are of different calibre & have armour plated skin to deflect any such pressure from within & outside their party & are uneducated enough to see nothing wrong in their blatant corruption, nepotism & incompetence. I thought RW was better than the average yob politicians & maybe he can present himself as an equal on a world forum but, maybe its his age, he is definitely not the man the country needs so desperately now, which he should know by now.
    Ranil’s self appointed successor, Premadasa jnr, with all his foreign education & acclaimed LSE qualifications, doesn’t inspire any confidence as SL’s version of Macron & Trudeau. His strategy maybe to influence the village vote with the blessings of the Buddhist monks but his economic policy & reforms are yet to be realistic to convince the urban vote. Premadasa Snr. was uneducated, therefore, his (limited) vision was flawed & unsustainable (what happened to gam udawa & the garment industry?) & now the jnr is talking about increasing the number of monks in temples & donating land when the country has more deep rooted problems & a declining economy. In fact, Premadasa jnr is creating a rebellion within the party by challenging the leadership & nominating himself as UNP’s Presidential candidate

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    There is no man blinder than one who refuses to see. Under ranil the UNP has become a small party dependent on pressure groups, outsiders and low cunning to survive.

    A political party is not a bunch of boys scouts. If the leader is terrible and also is dishonest the other s must get together and throw him out.
    Why this has not happened all this time shows the pathetic nature of Sri Lankans. It took a very long time for the middle classes to realise that Ranil is dishonest and is a non-performer.

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    If Ranil could back Sarath Fonseka and Sirisena, why not Sajith – pure hard working and able UNPer who is immensely popular among the masses. Because of the past in fighting, and breaking away of Gamini, Lalith, Pramchaindra etc, still UNP unable come to the centre of power. At this crucial hour, if all them wouldn’t resolve their issues, and work resolutely as a team to win the election, then game is over for UNP as party and individually for all of them. The Rajapaksa would see to it, that UNP finished off what’s left in it, and wouldn’t come to power in another halfer century. It’s the responsibility of Ranil to call of them, have hard and gentle talk among all, and resolve all issues, and get back on the campaign trials. UNP has a great chance to win this election resoundingly for all the minorities are with them. The majority Sinhalese votes going to get divided among various candidates, and the one who gets minorities votes wins. Last election MR lost because of minorities votes, even though he was the president, Gota was secretary to the defensive ministry, Basil was Minister, Chamal speaker, over 600 near and extended family members in top government posts, with so much muscle and money power, along with the entire state machinery at their disposal, they lost for the minorities completely deserted them. Around this time also the picture and ground reality is same, provided all elements in the UNP stay put, and fight it out along with allies as solid block behind one good candidate, it’s winning going to be easy and cake walk for them. Else if there going to be confrontation among all, then all going to be doom for good. Like fine gentlemen, let all of them sit together, and come to a good understanding to move ahead to face it boldly and win it.

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    ” A future leader must first learn to follow before he leads “, from Ranasinha
    Premadasa to Sajith , his son through Shyamon Jayasingha . Yes , he
    followed real leaders who respected the loyal followers and made way to
    those who deserved it ! Those leaders were not packed with skulduggery
    with their closest followers every time there’s an issue in the party !
    There was something to learn from them to succeed ! What is happening
    right now in U N P is , children’s play , not mature politics . It is not
    about Sajith , simply about another alternative . S L P P floated the idea of
    Gota long ago to prepare the public ! I’m not a Sajith man but surely Sajith
    knows what he’s up to and Ranil plans .

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    UNP has the historical responsibility that is to sell the entire country to USA for their military purpose.

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    This article makes me sick..sick of the whole system of party based politics.
    The other article on CT by Mr Soma Palan about the reality of governance under this system hits the naul on the head.. The public are being disenfranchised and cheated by the criminals, corrupt individuals and in some cases the dregs of society, who comprise whichever party is sittingn on the ‘throne’ at any given time..

    So this writer is exhibiting a disturhing degree of naivety about the UNP in this instance.

    Are Sri Lankans this blind?

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    Sajith Premadasa has to learn a lot. Just because Ranil was dragging certain issues it does not mean Sajith is better. Sajith is not known in the Western countries and is not well versed in international affairs. The country will be ruined if Sajith leads. Even Ranil speaks bluntly sometimes which was seen when the late Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Sri Lanka regarding the encroachment of India fisherman in Sri Lankan waters, when, in fact, he should have discussed about settling the matter. It is time that he keep Vijayakala at a distance because Vijayakala is not popular among the Tamils. Instead Ranil can have close connections with the TULF which the Sinhalese would appreciate with the passage of time. Mere visiting of Hindu temples is not the answer to develop the country. He should associate with prominent figures of the Tamils and try to bring both the Sinhalese and the Tamils together. Moreover, Ranil should discuss matters with the Mahanayakas about the compassion between the Sinhalese and Tamils and about the eradication of terrorism that had recently threatened the country.. Finally it is high time that he takes measures to reduce the number of Ministers in the Cabinet and not to allocate sensitive Ministries undesirable Parliamentarians, because there was a news item that vehicles that have disappeared mysteriously in the Northern Province are seen at Rishard Badurdeens farm

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      ” Sajith is not known in the Western countries”

      westerners are not voting here.

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    Keep writing, Shyamon. You have the right mind for that. This is well written and something that should have been written long ago.

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    Though Shyamon writes a lot of BS here (especially about Ranil), his critique of Sajith from policy perspective is valid. The yahapalanistas brought a change in 2015 WITHOUT A PLAN for the day after. Sajith’s camp appear to follow the same pattern.

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    Gal Oya must have been full of Granite in good old days…
    New UNP are good Santhosam Collectors.
    UNP Pin Up Boy young Sujeeva collected LKR 34 Million in 12 months of Yahapalanaya.
    And Dr Ranil’s new minder and hit man Galleon Ravi moved into a Penthouse with Mila and Onelia.

    My3 Sira apparently has stitched up a deal to make Keselwatta Kid whom Mr Shayomn seems to loath, the UNP PM. before the Election.
    I heard this from a Middle Age lady from the Bible Belt.And she is a regular church goer.

    That will be interesting with the full Bible Belt now aligned with the Kid .
    And even the non Bible Belt Young UNP Minister Harin openly declaring a Fatwa on Dr Ranil..

    Will Sira pull it off this time ?..No wonder Dr Ranil’s best buddy in the Diaspora is stressing .

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    Dear Lankan, please take a Panadol

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    The greatness of the historical beginnings of the UNP need not be underscored. Nobody in the UNP, even today, has the practical wisdom of Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake. Had he not got a stroke and fell off the horse on that fateful morning, Sri Lanka would have chartered a different course in history. Unfortunately Ranil Wicks, the chap the writer idolizes, holds the record of the longest serving leader of the UNP and only in this four years he held office of PM for a long time, otherwise he holds office for short spells of time with a very long period in opposition. Clearly, the UNP juniors do not want to be out of power and they would like field some one whom they think that is a winnable candidate. There a many an ordinary UNPer whom I have met, say that if Ranil is the UNP candidate they would not vote for him. Shyamon claims that Sajith is not a patch of his father when it comes to pre-leadership experience of following before being followed. We all know that he, like the father, does not tolerate another point of view. He displays all the ominous signs of the dark side of his much feared and effective father whose death caused the lighting of crackers. The beginning of this dilemma within the UNP started entirely by its own attitudes and action after gaining power. Had it mended its ways even after the results of the local government elections then there would have been a saving grace. Unfortunately even for the super-rich in this country, who are traditionally UNP, the foreign current exchange rates are intolerable. Hence the reputation that the UNPers are a set of good economic managers have gone for a six.

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    What do you say about RW’s performance during the last four years? Why has he not moved more aggressively to prosecute the numerous politicians and officials who have been accused of serious crimes? Why did he continue as PM when he and the President were not working together for the welfare of the people? Why is he dithering about the choice of the candidate for President? He should retire and let the party renew itself.

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    I am told Harsha has a bogus qualification from some American university. He failed to pass O level in SL

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      Does he have a Diploma in Dress Making? I don’t think so.

      Soma

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        somass

        Do you have a diploma in bigotry, racism, rioting, hate speech, violence, ….. yet you are doing fine.

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    Over the current crisis, Ranil will outsmart opponents as he has done so much in the past. This PM is amazingly intelligent. He is fully working to put the economy right and a lot has been achieved.

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    Ranil is Sinhala by birth English by soul.

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      Andare 2.0
      Size does not matter.

      “Ranil is Sinhala by birth English by soul.”

      Are you saying Ranil is not a Sinhala/Buddhist Fascist?

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      Englishmen possess a sense of honour. Does Ranil have any honour?

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    Yes yes the UNP has a duty by the country to be a viable political party. To do that they have to first throw Ranil Wickramasingha into the sea!

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    What is Ranil’s connection to the Turkish power barge deal which was said to be sponsored by Ravi K ?

    Find out guys ,this is the second Mahendran like racket.

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    “. Prabhakaran publicly asserted that he feared Ranil because he was “a fox.”

    Prabhakaran understood Ranil is a useful idiot. That is why of the dozens of LTTE assassinations, RW was never a target. The most controversial of RW’s moves was to sign off on a “federal” state for the LTTE. Of course this never happened, but it shows the lack of vision on RW’s part. Who surrenders to the enemy when the enemy is at its weakest point? RW’s uncle JR took the opposite path, putting full pressure on the LTTE until India rescued it in 1989. RW cannot achieve even 1% of JR’s accomplishments, whether economic or political. He should resign and let people forget about him.

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      lester

      “The most controversial of RW’s moves was to sign off on a “federal” state for the LTTE.”

      where did he do that?In fact he scuttled chandrika’s proposals which devolved power.

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