31 October, 2020

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TINA……….Again

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

The recent plethora of events proves conclusively what many of us have been saying for longer than we care to remember: there is no alternative to the practice of the highest of moral and ethical codes and an unequivocal adherence to principle in governance.

Nothing less will suffice.

What has emerged from the, oftentimes overstated, pages of what have hitherto been treated as scurrilous scandal-sheets, is increasingly displaying, not merely the ring of truth, but proving to be understatements in quite a few instances. It is undeniable that that the level of probity has to increase as the rank of those governing us goes up. Instead, it appears that the level of arrogance and expressions of entitlement verging on the absolute have begun to emerge with increasing frequency among those with pretensions to leadership positions, if not roles

If the above sounds like “Pie in the sky (when you die)” let me, once more, reiterate the fact that the qualities I have described are not “airy fairy” concepts dreamt up by some writer of children’s bedtime stories. They constitute the very lifeblood of any civilized and democratic system of governance. If that sounds like its written in stone, so be it because that has proven to be absolute fact in the matter of governance of the kind that we all believe should be the foundation on which any civilized society is built.

Particularly in the case of a country whose economy is organized on the capitalist model, the checks and balances that an ethical and moral code and the exercise of principle is a sine qua non for justice and equity to prevail and for the very survival of civilized society. The rule of law to which at least lip service is paid by the vast majority of Sri Lankans cannot exist unless the three elements I have described earlier exist. Why do I say this? Because the basis of capitalist society is the exploitation of the many by the few and it is only the constraints placed by structures based on the three elements I have described that prevents something worse than the law of the jungle prevailing. The reader needs to think about these concepts and not be distracted by the philosophical gobbledegook spouted by those practicing fraud on a scale never witnessed in Sri Lanka even in the dark days of “Empire.” Then, I am certain, there will be very little room for the slightest doubt about our current predicament and what needs to be done in the matter of a complete house-cleaning in “The Land Like No Other.”

What has made matters so much worse in the post-2015 period has been the absolute abuse of Sri Lankans’ trust and the arrogance that has accompanied it. After all, those who risked life and limb to throw the Rajapaksa Rabble out of power did not do so to simply ensure that the masks changed but the players practiced the same deceit and dishonesty. To make matters even more intolerable, our rulers have chosen to treat us as a bunch of cattle without any grey matter.

The icing on the cake has been the increasing evidence of collusion by the current lot with their predecessors in the matter of covering up the sins of the Rajapaksa Regime in what is becoming increasingly evident as a quid pro quo arrangement. In fact, some of us had, much earlier begun to smell this particular rat but were naïve enough to believe that this was a mere hiccup on the way to good governance, giving it the opportunity to right the ship and create a society where equity and justice prevailed. Sad to say, we under-estimated the new lot’s capacity for fiscal criminality.

If all of those politicians who epitomize venality get away with treating us with monumental contempt and we let them, we will have no one to blame but ourselves for the inevitable precipitous slide deeper into the abyss that the Rajapaksa Regime constructed so efficiently over the period of a decade.

If the MR2 (Maithripala/Ranil) government is incapable of “doing the right thing,” they have to be dumped and the sooner the better. If this doesn’t happen, a desperate populace could return to the man who, in the name of decisiveness proved to be a merchant of divisiveness and death. Hitler didn’t ascend to power the first time he reached for the reins of government. He suffered ignominious defeat and it was only the chaos prevailing among those opposed to him and what he stood for that enabled this monster of modern history to do what he did to the world at large and particularly to the minorities who didn’t meet his blonde, blue-eyed (Nordic) standards. Let’s not allow history to repeat itself in this country with the Muslims and Tamils replacing the Jews and gypsies.

For starters, tell the Prime Minister and the President that you are “mad as hell and refuse to take it anymore.” Then get on the streets and demonstrate your displeasure with intelligence and chutzpah. Begin with ridicule, something that politicians absolutely abhor and fear. Then recruit men, women and children to demonstrate their (and our displeasure) educating them, if need be, about what ails our society and what can and must be done to rectify that state of affairs. Persistence and dedication to the cause is essential and when you are at risk of losing heart remember what probably the greatest anthropologist of all time had to say about voices in the wilderness:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

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    Emil Aiiya, Who is Tina ?…………I thought Aloysious gave it to Mela and Oneliya,,,,, !!!!!!!!!, Where is Dr Ranil………

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      …. Emil Aiiya, Who is Tina ?
      Sumane, Sumane, That Is Never Asked! Say sorry to Emil Aiiya!!

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        Hey boys,
        Before you all get worked up, TINA is not a lady.
        It stands for ” There Is No Alternative.”
        Which is true of course.

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          old codger, You are just a young codger, to have not noticed my That Is Never Asked, Tina. There seems to be too many Tinas to rouse you up!
          There is no alternative Tina is the original damsel! Mine was a special one just for Sumane!

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      Sumaney:
      We are all reconciled to treating your submissions as one of the lowest forms of humour and many of us were taught not to laugh at the disabled, mentally in particular. Aren’t you lucky?

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    Mr. Vander Pootn: suggest who should come. I prefer someone completely different to this 225, should be some dictators who love the country, take over the reign. Prosecute all thse thieves, conmen -LGBTQs and subsequently hand over the govt to some good hands.

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      Jim softy:
      That sounds like a dream in technicolour, except for the viciously sexist reference to “LGBTQs.”
      Perhaps you could tell the readers of this publication more about dictators who cleaned shop and then handed the government back to the people, perhaps beginning with Hitler and ending with goodness knows whom.

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    Emil. Aiiya, ……………..Dr Ranil has produced a Tina ……….It is in the other CT in Colombo…… Dr Ranil says all rogues in his Government will be sacked, and sacked from the UNP too…….How cool…..Good news for the dudes who do / did the Marketing for Yahapalana……… But one snag though……..Latest news is, A Son a of Secretary of big A Ass Yahapalana Minister was caught with over 300 grams of Cocaine, on their way to a Beach Party………..The Minister has been trying his ass off to get the boys off the Hook by calling the Galkissa Cops who have locked the Boys up……I am not allowed to divulge names ……….A clue though , this Minister is fond of Youth………..,And could have been the ideal Minister of Yahapalana Youth Affairs , just like the Yahapana PM Dr Ranil, when he was young………

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      Sumaney:
      More incomprehensibilities parading as comment. The statement, “I am not allowed to divulge names” given where it comes from is truly priceless!

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      If you asked RK to resign because of Charges against him, wot about Gammampila who has the charge of robbing a foreigner and he says by affidavit, he(Gamamn.) sold the shares owned by that foreigner and he can’t REMEMBER wot he did for the money he got.. from that share sale.
      Wot about Weerawansa, he got TWO-PASSPORT Case, Viagra case, building Manson without showing money he earned to build that and so on…
      Rohitha Rajapakse says he got a “Manik Mallak” from unknowm outsider through his Daisy Aunte to buy massive peoperties.

      Sumane how are you?

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    Emil Aiiya, As a gun English journo of yeste year, I thought u will be still up to speed with at least the Goss about Yahapalalana Life Styles of Colombo Elite , Anglicans and their big Ass Ministers……………. However, now I am happy to name the names for your benefit……..It is also a Samare, who has a dual role , with the official one being the Private Sec to Yahapalana Minister Samare…………The haul is a beauty……….., 30 Grams Cocaine,….. 450 grams Kush Pill and 100 grams of Weed ………..Plus 18 Bottles Red Label, i .15 Litre ( ? ) I guess ………And 400 Cigarettes….. Plus ASP Upul’s ID Card…….What a Yahapalana Concoction ………Now Samare says he knows Nothing, He Saw Nothing , just like Sergent Shultz from Stalag 13………Little Samare was on a trip to Mt Beach for a Party……..How cool……..His 3 mates in the Car with him are all Malaka’s mates too……….That is even more Cool……..Yhapalana ministers are not only on the Take……………..Wonder whether the number plate is from Mangalan’s Private vehicle……. Or is it one of those donated by the Yahapalana Tax payers.. like the one Poodle Club Baby Minister sold for 34 Million bux to a Muslim businessman………….Now please don’t ask where I got this info……….

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      Sumaney:
      I couldn’t proceed beyond the first line because in this one you have reached even lower in the matter of incomprensible stupidity! Sorry, bud, but then you can’t help yourself, I suppose.

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        Emil Aiiya, I copied all that from Island , which I thought is your Old Rag……..Never mind……Have a Good Day………

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    If you asked RK to resign because of Charges against him, wot about Gammampila who has the charge of robbing a foreigner and he says by affidavit, he(Gamamn.) sold the shares owned by that foreigner and he can’t REMEMBER wot he did for the money he got.. from that share sale.
    Wot about Weerawansa, he got TWO-PASSPORT Case, Viagra case, building Manson without showing money he earned to build that and so on…
    Rohitha Rajapakse says he got a “Manik Mallak” from unknowm outsider through his Daisy Aunte to buy massive peoperties.

    Sumane how are you?

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      I am Okay mate…..Thx…..That Foreigner is facing Fraud charges in his own Motherland which is in the First World… How can a Lankan , even a Lankan Lawyer can do fraud on a Fraudster………especially when that Fraudster comes from the land of Oz…. It is like trying to rob Ronnie Briggs…….. BTW why don’t you start a Ranbutan Plantation which we can enjoy eating, unlike Emil Aiiya’s Durian……..

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    “If the MR2 (Maithripala/Ranil) government is incapable of “doing the right thing,” they have to be dumped and the sooner the better. “

    Thanks.

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