21 May, 2019

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UNP’s New Constitutional Principles: Radical Future Or Radical Farce?

By Kalana Senaratne

Kalana Senaratne

When regimes are dictatorial and dangerous, alternative forces which promise a better society and future do tend to be taken seriously by the people. This, quite simply, is because the future promised by such alternative forces tends to be better than the present. But one thing many people can’t do about the present UNP is to take it seriously. The UNP’s new constitutional principles – which it claims will shape and form the new constitution it hopes to place before the people once elected to power – tell us why this is the case (see ‘Full Text of the Principles’, Colombo Telegraph, 29 May 2013). Just a few thoughts on these principles would suffice, since apart from a few grand promises, the UNP’s guiding principles are generally known to the people and can be easily found stated in different words in the 1978 Constitution.

The new set of constitutional principles needs to be viewed in the context of the grand promise of radical transformation of party and polity which the UNP started making sometime ago. Grand pronouncements were made to the effect that the UNP has begun to tread a path of radical politics. But this, unfortunately for the country, turned out to be a farce. What transpired on further inspection was that the UNP’s promise of radicalism was firstly to keep Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as its leader. This ‘radicalism’ was followed by Mr. Sajith Premadasa’s own brand of radicalism when he recently admitted (on Derana 360 programme) that his attempt to oust Mr. Wickremasinghe may have a bit premature.

So it is this ‘radical’ UNP that now comes up with a document promising a more democratic country. But even before you proceed to the end of the Preamble of the document, it begins to appear why the grand promise of the UNP amounts to yet another grand farce.

For example, the UNP begins by stating that: “During the last several years under Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, the office of Executive President has been completely desecrated, by destroying all the checks and balances that were built into the system.” The UNP also states that the “dignity and integrity of that office has been reduced to a despicable state…”

While it is true that the incumbent has done much to desecrate the office of Executive President (and much more), what is alarming here is the implication of the statement: i.e. the UNP believes that the Executive Presidential system that the UNP introduced was actually one which had a lot of checks and balances. In other words, the UNP’s alleged radical programme begins by justifying the 1978 Constitution as well as the Executive Presidential system in particular, which it promises (somewhat dubiously) to abolish. It constructs the idea that there was a ‘pure’ form of Executive Presidency and a ‘pure’ 1978 Constitution which the Rajapaksa-regime has now desecrated. This is reason enough to make anyone cynical about the UNP’s promise of abolishing the Executive Presidency or radically changing the current constitutional framework. So the UNP begins its discourse by glorifying the very thing that it seeks to reform/abolish. And the internal contradiction becomes clear. And furthermore, what was that statement made recently by the likes of Mr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa that the Executive Presidency will not be abolished but be reformed? (see ‘Video: UNP says no abolishing of Executive Presidency’, Daily Mirror, 16 May 2013).

Apart from such total confusion, it is also to be noted that any call for the abolition of the Executive Presidency, has to be accompanied by a serious and radical transformation of a number of fundamental principles and policies underlying the current constitution. The abolition of the Executive Presidency will not mean much, and cannot take place, without a more meaningful and palpable restructuring of the State and its policies towards religion, devolution, etc. Without such changes, there will only be symbolic changes, a different set of words and phrases to explain the post of ‘Executive President’.

That the UNP is nowhere near of promising such a radical transformation becomes very clear when one observes its principles concerning ‘Restoration of the People’s Sovereignty’ and ‘Devolution of Powers’.

So, for example, the UNP states that: “Buddhism will be given the foremost place while assuring the rights of all other religions in compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).” But what’s the difference between this promise and the current constitutional provision on Buddhism (Article 9 of the current Constitution)? The only difference is the deceiving and perhaps meaningless reference to the ICCPR. Not that the ICCPR is meaningless, but inserting reference to the ICCPR is meaningless if you are still going to give ‘foremost place’ to Buddhism.

The UNP cannot explain why Buddhism should be given the foremost place if all other religions are also to be accorded non-discriminatory status as per the provisions of the ICCPR. To do so, it will have to adopt the line of the Sinhala-Buddhist nationalists. But the moment it does so, the relevance of UNP’s ‘radical’ alternative becomes useless. For the people, it would be far better to stick to the current regime and its Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist groups who would do the same job for them.

So too is the case about the UNP’s principles on devolution of powers. When the UNP said it is going to be radical about such matters, one thought whether its plan was to perhaps discuss a political solution on the lines of extensive devolution or perhaps some form of a policy akin to that advocated by the likes of Mr. S. Kajendren of the TNPF (i.e. ‘two nations, one country’). Not in a hundred years, the UNP says. What the UNP is promising is as unclear as the promise made by the present regime. For example, the UNP states that the country shall be a “unitary state” (but then, we have Article 2 of the current Constitution which sets that out in very clear and unambiguous terms). And this, to be sure, will not take you any further than the 13th Amendment under current circumstances. If then, what’s so different between the UNP and what’s being promised by the current regime (or the present Constitution)?

And in yet another meaningless fashion, the UNP promises that in this regard, it will take into consideration a number of documents such as the Rajapaksa-Ban Ki Moon joint communiqué, the UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka and the LLRC report. Also promised is the taking into consideration of the Tissa Vitarana Report and the papers exchanged between the SLFP and the TNA. The UNP also states that it will take into consideration will be President Rajapaksa’s speech of May 2009!

At best, what these documents promise you is the 13th Amendment. But if 13th Amendment is what can be promised, why not stick to the present Constitution and the present regime. Furthermore, there’s nothing clearly stated about devolution in a number of these documents except for the promise to implement the 13th Amendment. The UNP does not make clear whether its version of implementing provincial-level devolution includes the devolution of land and police powers, for example. Obviously it cannot do so, given that it was only recently that the UNP stated that it is open to change on devolution (see ‘UNP is open to change on devolution’, Daily Mirror, 22 May 2013). And it was stressed therein that the UNP would even think of constructing a new mechanism based on the will of the people. What that is going to be, if opinion polls are to considered somewhat accurate, tells us that the best one could expect from the UNP is either the 13th Amendment (sans land/police powers) or the reversion to a different model, perhaps district-level devolution. So there’s no meaningful difference between this UNP and the current regime.

Given that the UNP’s policies on some of the most contentious issues affecting the country are similar to those of the present regime, it is questionable how useful the rest of the constitutional principles (on the judiciary, independent institutions, etc) would be. Also, promising people that they will have rights such as a “right to good administration” is practically questionable given the absence of ‘good administrators’.

In a sense, it does seem that the UNP is stuck between the Sinhala-Buddhist community (which it has to please) and the international community (which it attempts to please by referring to the ICCPR, the Latimer House Principles, etc., in its document). Ultimately, it knows that the former will be the deciding force; hence the need to affirm the unitary character of the State, the need to give Buddhism its foremost place, the need to be extremely vague about devolution, the need to show that it’s confused about the Executive Presidency, etc. This is why the people will ultimately decide that rather than going with the confused and deceiving pseudo-Sinhala Buddhist nationalists, it’s better to go with the real thing: the Rajapaksa regime and the whole BBS/Sinhala Ravaya jingbang.

In short, the UNP tells us that it’s promising a radical future. What it seems to be promising rather is a radical farce. The UNP shows no meaningful hope in terms of radically changing the current political and constitutional framework governing the country. In fact, it seems to be mimicking the Rajapaksa-regime. What is necessary, it seems, is not a new leader for the UNP. What is required is an entirely different political formation; one which treats the UNP, not as an alternative force but as part of the current regime – for that’s what the UNP actually is.

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    A radical farce.

    A man who will not reliquish leadership of UNP, will be willing to dismantle the powerful Presidency? Once he gets there? Ha..ha!

    Just replacing MR with RW will not resolve much in this troubled nation.

    We need new people, with brand new ideas. And unquestionable integrity.

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      ‘We need new people’
      Who you got in mind Ben Hurling?
      Do you prefer SP to RW? If so give some reasons as to why.
      Not that I have faith in RW but the man is far better than
      the others right now.
      Having said that, I dont mind even a Devil than this despot.

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        i agree rw will deliver us from this evil

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        Ravana,

        Is your imagination so limited? In our search for bold, new leaders for Sri Lanka, you can only think of RW & SP.

        Persoanlly, I prefer RW. Compared to SP, corrupt MR or disastrous CBK. She by the way is hard at work. Desperately manipulating.

        SP screams well at public rallies. He works the Sri Lankan gallery well. But that’s about it, with SP. Nope, I am not willing to settle for SP either.

        I believe Sri Lanka can do far better.

        PS: Sri Lanka has abundant talent. You will not find that talent in UNP’s old boys’ club or in SLFP’s corrupt central committee. This is Sri Lanka’s problem.

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          Ben Hurling, Its not my imagination was so limited but cannot think nothing beyond that due to the present situation in the country or rather the country has been converted to such an arnarchy by the self made monarch. People are utterly confused with who are the genuine UNPers and who are the agents of the regime. Besides I strongly believe that UNP must be united with the JVP in order to defeat this regime leaving all their policies aside temporarily.
          Yes of course SL can do better but who you got in mind?
          I like your comments Ben, nevertheless.

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        New Constitution my foot! The morally corrupt clown RW is desperate for power and this is all BUNK and SPIN to delude the already deluded masses – in the same league of Rajapassa’s SPIN!

        Ranil’s dictatorship in the UNP is NOT the proper means to the goal of abolishing a corrupt Executive Presidency.The good intention is soiled by the corrupt crook RW who loves power and will cling to it!

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      Ben, can you point the finger at RW and say that his integrity is in question or that he has robbed public funds as MR has openly done? When the UNP could have stayed in power in ’94 because CBK led UPFA govt did not muster a majority, GD had persuaded India to prevail upon the Tamil Parties to give support to the UNP. It was RW who was opposed and left Temple Trees with his bag and baggage. Then he was called a Gentleman but soon afterwards he was lambasted and caricatured as a weakling by the very same forces. RW too could have done what MR has done and remained in power using the present Constitution. The difference is RW has acted as a Gentleman while MR has flouted all norms and displayed his true breeding. You can be assured that in the event RW assumes power there will be Law and Order to all citizens alike and no shielding of individuals as Politicos accused of Rape, Murder and Corruption being safeguarded under MR regime and RW will never put his hand into the govt funds for his or his family’s benefit. So what more do you want?

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        Gamini,

        I know RW rather well. No, he is not corrupt.

        But, he is stained by being a part of the corrupt, power hungry establishment that has been ruining this country. Ever since Independence.

        RW carries that baggage.

        Give you an example. I am no fan of the JVP. Yet, extra-judicial, cold blooded killing of Rohana Wijeweera was a crime. Does anybody know who did that? Nope. UNP culture. Just like SLFP culture.

        Do you think that culture will change when RW lands at Temple Trees. I am sorry. I do not think so. Prove me wrong. I would be the happeist.

        RW would have been the President already, if not for corrupt election deals between MR and brutal VP.

        That is now history. Fact, is he has been there for too long. He has missed too many trains. He has lost too many elections.

        He now seems like all others to the public. Just being power hungry. Hanging around for his turn to exercise absolute power.

        One Sunny Day!

        RW is a nice man. But, he has major PR short-comings. Unfortunately that counts in politics.

        PS: Billion dollar question for RW. Leave too early? Stay too long?

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          Ben we all know how Corruption and Violence crept into the UNP and you cannot blame RW for that. As I have said before the SLFP led govts have been busy trying to destabilize the UNP support base through Nationalization and killing the Private sector more than developing the country and also responsible for raking Religious and Cultural issues to survive. These have become the bane of this society today. On the contrary it is the UNP that have uplifted the Agriculture and the Living conditions of the masses. Let it be Education with Computer literacy, ability for the Poor to own material goods (Vehicles, Telephones, Radios, Better Houses, TV etc.) that were only for the Rich in this society, in the ’50s or even unrestricted travel overseas to any citizen, were all made possible by the Policies of the UNP. What the SLFP led govts bequeathed this Nation was turmoil and misery. I do not condone killing people but had Rohana Wijeweera adhered to the same principle he would not have met with such an eventuality. Besides how can you blame RW for such an excess when there were others who were calling the shots in the UNP at that time?

          You claim that RW has no PR. We all know that. RW has no false pretenses like MR who displays PR by snatching children off mothers and pose for photos to mislead the masses. If you are looking for PR then why look for someone else when you have the biggest humbug MR for the job. I concede PR is useful but with a society like ours, where the crafty are waiting to make capital of others for their advantage, this PR can prove detrimental. I believe what is more important at this juncture is to have an Honest, Educated, Dedicated, Capable and a Mature person as the Head of State as RW to deliver this country to uphold Law and Order and take this country to prosperity where all citizens benefit for a better living, rather than waste Public Funds on ad hoc projects undertaken at Hambanthota, just to boost the ego of this new rich type MR whose father was a Curd seller before he entered Parliament in ’56.

          Ben, if you want to cut your nose just to spite your face, there is very little that I or anyone else could do. But remember if this country fails to elect RW, it is not RW who will be the looser but the whole society including you and me. To criticize is easy, but to deliver is difficult. So make your choice!

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          What was RW doing at the old Fertilizer corps housing scheme when people were being tortured? Sleeping amidst the screams?All the dirty fellows in this govt were RW’s creations.Mervyn, Rambukwella,Duminda, Rajitha,Yapa Abeywardena, Johnston,
          RW’s record during 2002-2004 as far as the economy was concerned was putrid

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            Capri Con, your allegation regards RW at the old Fertilizer Corp was thrown out by the very Commission of Inquiry appointed by CBK. Then as for your comment, RW’s management of the economy as putrid between 2002 to 2004, RW managed to turn the Economy that had gone into recession for the first time in this country, in two years. So do not betray your Ignorance for the others to see.

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              Gamini,Please do keep me informed of any single instance that a political rival had been found guilty? Take the case of Uda Thalawinna case, Ratwatte was charged for murder.That was a deliberate attempt to sling mud at him and nothing else.As the court observed, if there was any intention to punish the guilty, the Ratwatte fils could have been punished.Ratwatte pere could not have been charged for murder, he was not there.He should have been charged for mis use of power, in that he used the Army for his election campaign.In which case Hakeem also would have to face problems because the muslims who were killed by the better trained army men were his thugs. Though CBk initiated that inquiry, she may not have wanted RW punished.Or take the case of the man from a supposed to be a very rich family, who siphoned off a large sum of money taken from the Govt to the US. He had been shifting from one party to the other to avoid prosecution.
              So do not believe what you hear in this corrupt island. They scratch each others back.God help the fools who vote for these jokers.( pere – father, fils – sons) they also assault you for the price of a bun and drink

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      Farce farce farce! However finding someone with ‘unquestionable integrity’ in politics might be a bigger farce. That species died due to natural selection.

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    Kalana,

    You have brilliantly exposed a farce . The UNP’s new constitutional principles are old insipid wine bottled and labelled differently. To propound a vision for this country, there must be courage, morality, honesty and boldness. The UNP is trying to be all things to all people, in its search for votes, and has let slip the dire need for radical change in this country.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Successful constitutional change needs to address not just the grievances of Tamil community but also those of other communities. Just because Sinhalese are the majority it is not the case that they automatically have no grievances. In fact it is quite the opposite. Past and present geopolitics have rendered Sinhalese with many problems. Why should they support constitutional change that doesn’t address their issues or worst aggravates them?

    Dr. RN says in a previous post that we have now appointed enough committees to come up with new constitutions. Aside from numerous “goodies” to the Tamil political parties, what have these committees proposed to address the fears of majority community that their rights will be protected? Therefore is it a surprise that all these committees failed to produce anything beyond a set of proposals that were soon thrown into the dustbin? Where is the compromise in these proposals if majority community’s concerns are ignored? How can any political leader in the South make these proposals part of his election manifesto or have a referendum on their adoption?

    Instead of lecturing the majority on good governance while conveniently forgetting the days when the current TNA leader himself proclaimed LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils, TNA should try to strike a deal with at least one of the main stream parties in the South on constitutional change that is acceptable to Sinhala people. Only time will tell how wise is present TNA strategy of relying on New Delhi and USA to deliver them TGTE in the Northern Province. How is TNA going to address the concerns of the majority?

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      Well articulated Navin.

      The fact is Sinhalese are in trouble too. They have major problems as well. TNA must realise this.

      And extend the hand of brotherhood to the Sinhalese.

      Extremsits may refuse. But, millions will grab it.

      PS: Tragic though. TNA is plotting again. Putting all their eggs in Indian and Western baskets. Hoping SL would buckle under pressure. TNA is self promoting their trecherous image here in Sri Lanka once again. Truly sad.

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        If the TNA is not forthcoming, at least the mainstream Sinhala political parties should put forward their proposals that will accommodate both Sinhalese and the Tamils. Even if we are unable to achieve a consensus with TNA on a compromise, striving to do so in good faith will draw us many friends and we will not have to worry every year about unfavorable resolutions at UN fora. MR’s strategy of waiting it out has a downside. If we do not make the first move we let others start off a game that will be disadvantages to us.

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    There should be a proper separation of powers. Cabinet should not be composed from Parliament and the concept of minimum government should be applied restricting the ministers to a minimum 15-20.Parliament should be restricted to legislative affairs. Religion should be a personal or non state affair. Electoral system should be the pure German Model.Both Sinhala and Tamil should be official languages with English as the link or international language. If Provincial Council system is maintained number of council members should be restricted . Appointments to the higher judiciary should be from carrier judges. Lot more things.

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    Who is this author and what are his credentials ? How can he talk without the benefit of having lived through the period after Independence and understanding the reasons for what was done ?

    The internet has removed the need for credentials anybody can write anything and have “learned” comments from all and sundry !

    None of you are going to influence an election, so continue blowing off steam for want of something better to do.

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    So the UNP doesn’t have at present, a viable candidate for the Presidency and it will not let a viable candidate emerge. Therefore it wishes to abolish the presidential system! :))

    If checks and balances have been overridden, surely the right solution is to reform, not abolish the elected executive presidency, and to do so by means of restoring the independent Public Services Commission which was abolished in ’72 and never restored in ’78?

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      Dayan and Narendran both being supporters of electing MR and praising MR, are now trying to offer the masses with alternates after everything has failed and gone wrong. What a bloody set of JOKERS, who are highly conceited, thinking they are capable of deciding for the masses now.

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    The vision for the new constitution for India that was being designed by the Constituent Assembly starting 1946 was defined by Jawaharlal Nehru as: “The first task of this Assembly is to free India through a new constitution, to feed the starving people, and to cloth the naked masses, and to give every Indian the fullest opportunity to develop himself according to his capacity.”

    The Founding Fathers of the USA also laid down an eternal vision for the country when proposing the constitution, that has stood the test of time and been capable of meeting the needs of a nation as it progressed.

    What is the vision that is being pursued by the many proponents of a new constitution for our country? How would this vision be specific in terms of what direction our country should take? Is it going to be a cut and paste job as in our previous two republican constitutions? Is it going to be high on big words and lofty sentiments, but designed to undermine them every step of the way?

    Is the contemplated new constitution to be designed by our current crop of politicians and politician cum lawyers? Where is the input from the philosophers, the academics, eminent jurists and other thinking elements of society? Who will lead and guide the process? How will we ensure a national consensus?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,

      This gimmick is about winning the next election somehow. A sort of a “Constitutional Reform Gilmart”

      Once in power it will be discarded. Just like “Mahinda Chintana”.

      Now that is called long term planning in this troubled nation.

      PS: What happened to that much praised document put forward by Ven. Sobitha? Shouldn’t all come together and combine efforts? If we are to have a new constitution?

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    When I first glanced at the photograph with a label under it saying “Kalana Senaratne” I knew the content was going to be as farcical, moronical and imbecilic as the writer’s appearance itself! It is strange how the appearance of these mutts betray their putrid thinking.

    Like a buffalo tied to a post and unable to escape the rope’s limits this mentally retard writer is repeating his rag of litany like an old scratched gramophone disk repeatedly falling on to the same track in a never ending grating loop. Has anyone heard of this bugger before? Where did he parachute from on this matter of grave importance and then write utter rubbish with the sole aim of smearing the lifesaving proposal of the people put forward by UNP? UNP has given all the people of this country a golden opportunity to impregnate their own ideas, aspirations, desires and methodologies in this new constitution going to be. The mud bathing and mudslinging buffalo characteristics and breeding of this mud-writer and others of the same ilk like Ben Hurling, Don Stanley, Narendran and Dayan the quack is clearly evident by looking at what they are writing here without utilizing this opportunity to put forward any constitutional proposals for discussion. On the other hand how can they write such serious things which require education and wisdom whereas what they possess is sheer stupidity, vanity, hate, jealousy and wheeler dealer attitudes towards life and country!

    UNP has been so generous, initiative, magnanimous, humble and opportunity-conferring to all the people of the country by giving them the chance to put forward their valuable proposals for discussion and to be included in the constitution. It is not that Ranil and his constitutional lapidary team has not got the vision, capacity, ability, wisdom and grit to write it themselves but rather they went the more democratic and humble way of inviting the people to participate and contribute so that what outcomes is the wishes and aspirations of the people themselves! There cannot be any other better way of doing this! This is the most historic and giant constitutional making step anybody has ever taken in the history of SL and quite in contrast to the utter diabolical lies disseminated against Ranil credit must go to him for being so democratic, broad minded, far sighted and pro-people. Quite in contrast to the horrible nonsense the regime happy stupid writer has written here, everybody believes Ranil is a man of his word and there he has promised to implement the new constitution within a specified period of time after a referendum if he forms a government. What more do a people of a country need? You give your proposals, you write your own constitution, and you are most solemnly and track record provenly assured of its implementation! Had this been promised to a people of anywhere in the world with the genuineness and authenticity of the sort possessed by Ranil there won’t be any second thoughts or hesitation in that nation. Besides, there are very clear and logical grounds and factors as to why there would be no any doubts it would be implemented: the entire disharmonic and discordant factors in UNP that were there in 2002-2004 period are now gone and the remaining SP and the leg pullers have been either tamed or chased away, there is no potential discordant generators or undue demand and bargaining saga creators, Ranil has total command over the party and no one left in the party wants to create another wave of internal conflict either, and above all the best chance Ranil has to succeed is to go pro-people and people friendly because it is exactly what has been missing during all these long years of rule in the country-people are searching for a leader who will allow people to really participate in the rule of the country through their truly elected representatives in a constitution that reflects their wishes and aspirations sandwiching such concepts of democracy as good governance, constitutionality, human rights, accountability, reconciliation, compliance with internationally accepted and agreed upon norms and values, checks and balances, rule of law, due process, natural justice, freedom from corruption, oppression and aggression of the politicians and the powerful, reasonable income for their sweat, opportunities for growth and prosperity, freedom from tax burdens state exploitation and undue pricing, good education and employment opportunities for their children etc.

    The employees of any institution if they have been given some performance development training know this thing-the planning. In a simple workshop to appraise the importance of planning the employees were given some balloons to make a pyramid out of them. The instructions were that “there are this many people in your group, you are given this many balloons, we want you to make a pyramid out of them within so many number of minutes, and we will give a prize for the best pyramid creating team”! There were several groups of people and they all went berserk in a pyramid creating frenzy-some were inflating balloons into various sizes, some were bursting balloons due to over inflation, some were holding on to inflated balloons being drafted by the blowing wind and some were very quick to create the pyramid without inflating the balloons-you know the total chaos! To make a long chaos short ultimately no one could win because no one did not have a plan to do the job-the design, concept, proper instructions, no leader to guide (I know these stupid mutts would now start barking at me saying “that is why we all are saying this Ranil Loser must be chased away and “some unknown, unseen, young-blood quantity must be elected as the leader of UNP!) and therefore each one constructed his own prototype of pyramid with the final product looking like an alien being fallen on earth on the roof of Mahinda Rajapaksha’s Lamborghini!

    So it is essential that if Sri Lanka is ever to depart from the present day chose and destruction caused by the Rajapakshas drafting a new constitution that has addressed all the ills of the present one and also projecting the future vision of the country is the absolute cardinal first concrete step without which we will only grope in the darkness and perpetual suffering and poverty. So now it is up to the educated and patriotic people to make their invaluable contribution towards this national effort and help to personify their aspirations by forming a UNP government lead by Ranil. Remember, Ranil is the last chance this country has who is a true, moderate, impartial leader who can meet the aspirations of all the national and international people. If anyone wants to know the difference of Ranil, just look at the disastrous racist, extremist, hegemonic, conflicting, war and hate mongering, narrow and tribal outlook fools raking in the political arena in the country one of the biggest mouthed crooks is Sajith Premadasa who has earned the reputation of a treasure hunter during this father was President!

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    On going current political-economic-social crisis in our country has uncovered fundamental flaws in between anti- national Capitalsim and national capitalist order.Peculiar version of UNP politics of depend Capitalism that emerged in the latter part of 1948,immerdiatly after Independence in Ceylon.Until 1972 republic constitution, that UNP wanted much believed old-depend on colonial Capitalism. They had no agenda for Republic of Sri Lanaka.
    In 1978 UNP had been introduce Republic version of Constitution had DUAL charcter;One strenghtern power of state by to delegated to excecutive created post of President to maintain neo-colonial political- economy-social order.
    Second, power of elected member Parliament become voiceless by the removed power of Parliament and by people’s voice brought into power powerless norms.
    But bad move by UNP second Republic come to end after 2005 turn into positive side by MR political version.So now we are in stage of developing independent path of national economy.We urgently want and need stregthen power of state for purposed achive peaceful path of National Economy and its development by after end of WAR 2009 MAY.
    In my view democratzion of our Constituntional system need address by to serve purposed of peace, stability and development.The World too will change and constituional designed for today will work in perfectly in economy development and rules put in place to protect people of Sri Lanka.

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    gamini and Gabriel do not believe in what you hear.The wretched constitution was nothing but JRJ’s.If MR is projecting himself as a King, it is an extension of what JRJ did.In the US and France the President is addressed as Mr. President.Your Excellency is rarely or never used, may be only in letters.The first to use the app HE was JR.Every bit of mud that could be thrown at MR is equally applicable to JRJ. Impeachment because you did not agree was started by JRJ. MR used the perverse conditions imposed by JRJ to impeach SB.prior to JRJ assuming office the GOSL was very careful about spending tax payers money.JRJ was the father of that corruption.What about bribes for the MPPs, that was initiated by JRJ.Violating the constitution, re cross overs – that was initiated by JRJ- Remember FP MP Rajendra.Remember Pilapitiya. If that was not corruption I do not what corruption is. RW may shout from roof tops of how good JRJ was. That will be believed only by -konde bendapu cheenas.What JRJ did not was not to eat excreta.I do not think any body in the present regime does it either.as kalana says this is cheap farce.Ms Bastians had put her finger in the right place – this document printed on toilet paper is to circumvent Sobitha Hamuduruwo’s proposal.If RW is honest in his position, why did he keep his mouth shut when the Muslim shops were attacked? Why does he not expose BBS, Ravaya and others? It was during JRJ regime that a political thug pulled a gum on the returning officer at an election.Was that man punished.

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