12 September 2013

The politics of hope

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pointed that each and every candidate contesting the forthcoming provincial council elections wants to be the Chief Minister of the respective province.  The problem of course is that only one gets the post.  It's the same when it comes to presidential elections.  Many want to be the president and secretly work towards that goal.
In most cases it is about getting to be 'No 2'.  It's the same with the UNP.  People reckon that one day, Ranil Wickremesinghe will have to go, one way or the other.  The foolish want to hoof him out; the wise maneuver to become No 2.  It's the same in other places.  People want to position themselves to move up the ladder more quickly.  No 3, eyes the No 2 spot, and No 2 is waiting for No 1 to slip. 

There are times, however, when it is not clear who is No 2. Indeed, there are situations when No. 25 (or No. 147) can jump to No.2.  It helps if No. 1 happens to be daddy boy.  Or the favorite uncle!