24 September, 2020

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The UNP Should Be Factored Out Of The Governance Struggle In Sri Lanka

By Springer

We cannot deny that Sri Lanka is in a crisis at the moment. Even if the country does not meet the indicators of a failed state, it is as good as one.

Whatever impression the government would like to give, fiasco upon fiasco is mounting. if we go from the most recent – the illegal impeachment of the CJ, to the totally botched up case of Rizana Nafeek, the mess in the Judiciary before the CJ’s unfortunate fate, to the Z score, to the messed up education system at all levels, to the almost non existent implementation of an LLRC Action Plan, to all types of religious fundamentalism rearing its ugly head, to the increasing violence, the increasing cost of living, to the failed administrative system, to the over employment of graduates and resultant burden on the economy and the final nail in the coffin – the economic down turn.

The economic failures are most serious from the time of the removal of the GSP+ concessions.The country is on a steady economic decline, whatever the Central Bank would like to say. The real growth rate can only be estimated at best as an inflated one is given in the Central Bank Report. Foreign Direct Investment for real growth in enterprise does not seem to be there as most of the money received is invested in infrastructure. In fact the government is investing in infrastructure and external investment is limited to  Chinese assistance for infrastructure yet again and a few others lenders.The economy is also affected by the many strikes and bad fiscal management as evidenced by unhealthy investments and playing around with people’s savings such as EPF.

Let us say for the time being that citizens dream that  the government should correct itself eean at this stage and move on. May not happen, but it is one of the few possible roads ahead.

What is the UNP doing while the country is burning?

President Rajapaksa very successfully defends the impeachment process and the fact that the CJ has to go out. Citizens are made to believe that the Divineguma is the best thing that happened since sliced bread. In fact as found out in the process of a discussion with Heads of Civil Society Organizations today, many of them were unaware that the passing of the Divineguma Bill was not a cake walk for the government. That many amendments had to be made and a few clauses dropped

There has not been a single concentrated communication campaign on the part of the UNP to tell the public what is happening in reality. Citizens need information to make decisions. Citizens need to be made aware of the tremendous power that goes with their sovereignty.

Even during a talk show the UNP makes a very poor argument except for Harsha de Silva, Kabir Hashim, Rosy Senanayake, Ravi karunanayake, Sajith Premadasa and Eran Wickramaratne. But such events are  islolated  and not strategic campaigns that run with a theme and muti faceted communication tools and events to change the mindset of the polity.

So many demonstrations and marches were held both by the Government, Lawyers’ bodies, civil Society Organizations and Trade Unions mainly of the left. However, the UNP could not even mobilise people onto the streets once, for the past 3 months, while all this was happening.

So in the struggle ahead it might be more prudent for citizens to factor the UNP out and for professionals and other Civi Society Groups to take the lead. However bad governance is, still the government is effective though diabolical. The leadership of the UNP has become so ineffective that it is pulling back its own members from doing something progressive.

Many people’s struggles have been successful without an opposition, so let us think about a Civil Society led struggle in the months and years ahead.

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    1) RW not only, did not participate to hear the Appeals court hearing…but also restricted the other two UNP PSC members from attending it.

    Please read and listen to the following VIDEO what Mr. Wickremasinghe said during the SiriKotha UNP party membership drive.

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/24804-media-must-apologise-to-unp-ranil.html

    1)Ranil clearly say that finally SC said what HE said was the correct decision…..what his correct decision….
    I want to know what correct decision SC verdict to say what RW said was correct.
    What Appeals court said was that Parliament PSC CJ verdict was unconstitutional and viod……So what is Ranil saying other than Lying.

    2) Also RW says that SC CANNOT TOPPLE MR GOVERNAMENT……..I want to know who said that SC is trying to topple MR govt……It is utter lies…….Both CJ, SC, Appeals court and WE are only looking for justice for CJ with an impartial hearing and not to topple the govt.

    3)RW also say that he is treated like a FOOT BALL WHERE HE BOUNCE WHENEVER HE IS BEEN HIT.

    WE KINDLY TELL MR.RANIL THAT HE IS ALREADY A FOOTBALL WITHOUT AIR. THERE IS NO POINT HIM TO THINK WINNING ELECTIONS WHILE HE IS IN THAT SEAT…..AND MAY BE HE KNOWS IT……But with a Rs: 86 million annual pay…….he don’t mind dreaming to be ever to be the opposition leader.

    4)IF RW and the UNP PSC two members came for the Appeals Court Hearing, it would have sent a strong message to MARA not to play politics with Judiciary and with country’s constitution……

    BUT HE PURPOSLY SKIPPED IT AND ALSO FORCED THE 2 UNPer’s not to attend……following MARA’s advise.

    Then during the debate he was shedding crocodile tears telling “Speaker to Intervene”……It is the biggest joke one could hear for the whole life. Whom he try to deceive…..MR Paid Joker. Don’t he know that MR is already a dictator. while RW think of winning election in 2014…….What a Joke.

    RANNIL YOU LET US AND THE WHOLE UNP DOWN AND HUMILIATED. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
    TO GET RUPEES 89 MILLION PAYCHECK AS SANTHOSAM FROM MARA DOING NOTHING TO THE PARTY AND TO THE COUNTRY IS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR YOU TO STAY AS OPPOSITION LEADER FOR EVER.

    You can’t even stand for half hour when you give a speech……leave alone winning the next elections.

    Could you honestly tell that you could walk six miles a day meeting people and convincing them to vote for UNP…….or you are simply plan to enjoy foreign trips every other month with your payroll bonanza……
    If you are sick….or feel sick and tired…..please leave your post and give to a strong Stalion to do the job. We don’t want sick goats….but strong stalions to lead UNP.That’s why president treats you like a Pambaya.

    I saw only Sajith, Ravi , Dayasiri,Ranjan manayake,Mangala, Buddhika, giving away Gifts and Parcels to FLOOD VICTIMS AND NOT YOU MR. CHE..TER….

    Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe.
    Please visit the following web. and give us your views.

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/130106/business-times/why-are-unp-mps-silent-over-a-new-daylight-robbery-sale-of-duty-free-car-permits-26753.html

    You talk like a five year old child and act like a Clown.
    You have to change your appearance, behaviour and personality, speach, points,and producti8ve criticism…..to look loke a Man and not a q…r… Please learn from Sajith, dayasiri, Ravi, Mangala and Sumanthiran. Go for a Political speech class ….and learn. It’s not too late.

    Please Give your post to some more capable MP’s in the Party.
    I am telling for your good……if not very soon you will also get a rotten egg and tomato treatment like what MARA got in England.

    It is better to leave respectably…….than chase as a Coward and a goon.

    Choice is yours.

    Finally I tell Mr.Wickremasinghe…..Please if you have any bit of self respect left…..don’t go to President’s house to have BLACK COFFEE WITHOUT SUGAR.

    IF YOU WANT I WILL SEND YOU THE BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD….ETHIOPIAN OR COLUMBIAN COFFEE……BUT FOR OUR ONE SAKE AND RESPECT PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM GOING TO PRESIDENT’S HOUSE TO HAVE BLACK COFFEE.

    IF YOU WANT TO MEET PRESIDENT…..MAKE IT IN THE PARLIAMENT…….BUT NOW LEAVE PARLIAMENT AC CHAMBER AND GO TO CONVINCE PEOPLE LIKE WHAT JVP IS DOING.

    PLEASE FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF MADAM CJ.BANDARANAYKE.

    Thank you.

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    Jayantha says, “Thank you”!! What for? Do you think anybody will bother to read your endlessly spun rigmarole over and over again like a lullaby? This is the only loin cloth you have to cover your shameless nudity but the problem is you have only one piece of it! When you conceal the front the rear is exposed, when rear is buried the jewels nod!!! There are dozens of commentators under various funny names but they all say the same diarrhea over and over again, like a sorcery spell spun to prevent the ascend of Ranil in this historical moment! We feel so pity for you because you bear so much pain to swallow this dyspepsia and then emit this diarrhea which nobody reads. Your imbecilic attempt works like this: Ranil says, “This is a coconut tree” and you fool come and jump up saying, “Hey! How can it be, it is a coconut tree, you are saying it is a jack tree, everybody look, this man is mad, he destroys our country….!!!” Do you think there is any other way of answering your diatribe?

    Your sole purpose of practicing Goebbels theory after this impeachment saga revolves round Ranils statement that 2013 is the year launch year of Operation-get-rid-of-Rajapaksha in 2014, by alluring Rajapakshas to impeach CJ Ranil has attacked the very foundation of the regime by creating the 6th balawegaya of lawyers and also opening the floodgates for the international actors to feely interfere in internal matters as a lawless country. The conditions are all set for the Sri Lanka Spring. What prevents its happening is only the control of mind set of people by wholesale creation of utter falsehoods and disseminating same through all the channels of communication. You can use Jayantha, leela, carlton, Asker Mohiuddin, park, Dayan Jayathilaka or whatever name you like but you would never be able to save you from the wrath of people. I heard Dayan crying he could not leave France but it seems he has been given a local toilet cleaning and mud bathing job!!

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      Silva,

      I remember you had similar kind of misunderstandings about my comments previously and I have replied to them.

      I still don’t know if you are part of the other crook….ex.CJ Sarath or Asoka Silva. …..But I don’t care.

      I still don’t understand what the fu…..k you are talking about….

      When I write I call “Spade a Spade…..and not a knife……or moth……s cu……..t “

      If Ranil wants to Defeat MARA he has to defeat him in either General or Presidential election. Not to use CJ’s husband or CJ as a bait to accomplish his vierd goal. That’s a third grade Pim…s work and not a gentleman’s work.

      If he did so…….now Both CJ and her husband are out of work.

      Is Ranil going to Feed them and educate thair only Son.

      Don’t write and be a stupid A….s H…le. Be a Man and not a she man.It’s not ethical to use someone else to fulfill your sordid ambitions.

      Good Luck to you…..and Ranil.

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        Jayantha,

        I discovered this from your last diarrhea:

        “..If Ranil wants to Defeat MARA he has to defeat him in either General or Presidential election. Not to use CJ’s husband or CJ as a bait to accomplish his vierd goal. That’s a third grade Pim…s work and not a gentleman’s work…..”

        This is from your previous diarrhea:

        “1) RW not only, did not participate to hear the Appeals court hearing…but also restricted the other two UNP PSC members from attending it.

        Please read and listen to the following VIDEO what Mr. Wickremasinghe said during the SiriKotha UNP party membership drive.

        http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/24804-media-must-apologise-to-unp-ranil.html

        1)Ranil clearly say that finally SC said what HE said was the correct decision…..what his correct decision….
        I want to know what correct decision SC verdict to say what RW said was correct.
        What Appeals court said was that Parliament PSC CJ verdict was unconstitutional and viod……So what is Ranil saying other than Lying.

        2) Also RW says that SC CANNOT TOPPLE MR GOVERNAMENT……..I want to know who said that SC is trying to topple MR govt……It is utter lies…….Both CJ, SC, Appeals court and WE are only looking for justice for CJ with an impartial hearing and not to topple the govt……”

        I do not have to write anything to knock your “jewel pawned” ass on the ground to self contradict and disprove your bullshits. You advocate how a gentleman must only take power at Presidential or General Elections without tampering with CJs and other issues in the country JUST BEFORE 24 HOURS HAVE LAPSED after uttering your silly nonsense where in you said what is quoted here under “This is from your previous diarrhea:” after which diatribe you go on telling other dribbles like Ranil’s “Rs. 86M annual dream pay” which is one of your favorites in your mud armory acquired from your mango friend Tiran who was responsible for destroying the political life of SF!

        It seems my last comment on you has hit right on the target judging by your resorting to contemplating on your private parts, spades, kitchen sinks and utensils, some body parts of your mother with which you shows a great interest for reasons best known to you, while putting on garlands gentlemanly yet seeking pimps’ service, also indexing youself in the directory used by pleasure seeking she-males and finally pegging a plug into the hole from where your diarrhea is oozing! There is no “Good Luck” for people of this country while your type of suckers live among us!!!!!!

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          Silva,

          All I say is Ranil is an Invalid, Baby face, monkey Talk,old Grandma Sleeping Beauty, Lazy, Maharaja santhosam black coffee drinking, parliament club membership with 89 million pay Pin Padi Karaya.

          We need a strong stallions to lead UNP who could use the sword when necessary and call spade ….a spade. Not the Yes sir, No sir, three bag full sir…..ever feared, coward, MARA servent Boy.

          Hope you will get this time.

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            Jayantha,

            Name your f…..g hero then!!!! Is he dead or not yet born?

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    So this is the great favour Professori was doing to the higher Courts in introducing the lady to do that parachuting. As she was leaving in her vehicle she was more political speaking in Sinhala insisting she will always be with the people. The cat was out of the bag when a journo asked her to give a message in English. And our Chief Justice said “I am always IN people” further adding to the claim this was our first CJ who could not speak in English even to basic levels.

    Those large number of GKCCC depositors will be wondering if they are not part of the “people” she was trying to make a point. It is sad
    mediocrity has contaminated most of our once respected institutions.

    Senguttuvan

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      Dear Senguttuvan ,

      i always hold the view that you are above the trivial politics and represent the moderate views of the intellectual Tamil brethrens , over the years i have seen how you handle the media , especially the print media .you never lost control of the objectivity and never allowed emotions to control you over hearsay or innuendo. Regrettably you have chosen the gutter politics to attack the victim, i know CJ is not an angel and every one is fully aware of her biased decisions, but this is not the time for witch hunting and frankly the last thing one can expect from a person of your caliber.
      About her English knowledge, for god sake she is a P.Hd holder from the prestigious university of London , you ought to know the standards of the university , can any one without adequate English comprehension finish a basic degree from Imperial college ??
      Senguttuvan I can tell you this , even in sinhalease language we tend to fumble in a tricky situation , so don’t jump the gun.

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      Senguttuvan,

      I fully agree with Srilal’s comment. The reason is if you see the video…..there were too many reporters asking many questions in both languages…..while Police Crooks wanted to block all her interviews.

      That’s why she said that she could not give a proper farewell speach while Police marauders were pushing both Reporters and Cameramen while shouting at her son to drive the car.

      I know she is well qualified and well conversant more than many other judges.

      Please watch her speech given at the Judges annual conference.

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    Dear Srilal,

    Tku. I am sorry I have caused you some distress – albeit unintentionally. I appreciate your coming to Mrs SB’s defence. With your permission, I will allow my views to stand. She was brought by Neelakandan to Galle Face Hotel a few years ago to deliver the annual memorial lecture on (either) Pon Arunachalam or Ramanathan to a distinguished audience – mostly of educated Tamils. She shocked everyone in delivering her written talk in Sinhala. Most of them did not know what she said. Clearly, she did not possess the confidence to even read a written script in English.

    Allow me to add, there is nothing wrong in making an address in the ancient, respected and beautiful Sinhala – a language I speak fluently, read and write to some degree. But then, as we were taught there is always a time and place for many things.

    In today’s Sri Lanka – where the English Language still carries an aura of elitism, respect and is associated with proper learning – I would expect my Chief Justice and President/BASL to speak this officially recognised language of the country unhaltingly, fluently and, if possible, beautifully as did most earlier CJs and Presidents/BASL. Both named disappoint all of us today. It is always a pleasure to hear two other Sinhala ladies of the law speak this foreign language so charmingly – Prof. Savitri Gunasekera and Dr. Deepika Udugama. As does Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy from the other side of the spectrum. When and wherever these ladies speak formally to audiences of consequence either within or outside the country they generate a great deal of respect and dignity to Sri Lanka.
    I have only mentioned 3 ladies. I am sure there are dozens more in their splendid calibre in the country.

    Thank you for the kind remarks you have made of me.

    Sincerely/Senguttuvan

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      Dear Senguttuvan ,

      thank you for your explanation , yet i’m not entirely convinced of your elucidation and incidents are the real indicators of CJ’s English language comprehension measurements , lets get this BASIC ENGLISH LANGUAGE skill clam of yours to some perspective , shall we ? as you know CJ successfully completed her P.hD in English medium in a English speaking country ,not from an ordinary university but from one of the best in the world . before completing a P.hD degree one needs to master set of skills , regular presentation is one such mandatory prerequisites , roughly every 3 to 6 weeks time , prospective P.hD student has to come before a panel of lectures and describe in detail the process and new finding of the desired project/Topic , during the session you are bound to get barrage of questions from each Letcher and there is hardly any chance of getting away from the grilling , this is the standard practice for the entire duration ( varies from 3 to 5 years ), apart from the continues presentations , a major thesis needs to be written and in the end , student needs to defend its entire contents , usually 3 copies are sent to 3 different universities and required their ratification before approval of the final work , please tell me Senguttuvan how could one get the P.hD , if that person is unable a give a speech (merely reading a paper) how is it possible to overcome mind boggling ,arduous sessions of a P.hD ?
      beside her excellent academic achievements , she was a lecture , dean of the faculty , and a judge , are you suggesting that she was unable to deliver a speech in english in her respective positions ?

      i’m astonished and dismayed the level which you’ve gotten in to with regards to CJ’s conduct.
      Senguttuvan , as Jayantha explained may I respectfully suggest you to listen to her recent speech which she delivered couple of weeks ago ,

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    Before the UNP is factored out, the leader of the UNP Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe has to be factored out sooner than later as he is already factored in the Rajapaksa’s government. It is really hard to think how he is surviving in the UNP party as its leader when he is already supportive of the government’s policies.

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    You can say whatever you want, but President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been guided by the extremely talented individuals who even give advice to the Chinese leaders. The President was adviced to get a help from the China in order to eliminate the LTTE, so the other countries will run to him to eliminate the LTTE, including India. Sri Lanka is not going down, it is in a better shape, it will get better. You are a fool, if you think you are a political guru, because you listen to the Westerners.

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    Looks like Mr peters and a few others who comment regularly to these articles have got a touch of the worst kind of flu – blind heroworshipping of leaders, no matter what they do.

    Let me pose a question mr Peters? Have we developed substantially after the war? Yes, roads have been built, but loads of people get commissions on the way for this construction. What about the quality of life except for the fact that bombs are not going off. No doubt that was one of the greatest contributions.

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