14 September 2014

The UNP gets ready to drop 'united'

Ranil's hands
A single individual does not a front make. Politics is about people. And leaders. And lieutenants. 'Right-hand men and women', as they say. In Passara, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed that he had 4 hands. He named them: Sajith Premadasa, Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Ravi Karunanayake and Daya Gamage. He said he needed 7 more. Talk about a leader dividing his own party. He's essentially saying that the likes of Karu Jayasuriya, Lakshman Kiriella, Ruwan Wijewardena, and Mangala Samaraweera are lacking in something, somehow. And to think the party name has a 'united' in it!

Velupillai WigneswaranWiggy, the man who thought Prabhakaran deserved a 200 year prison sentence, seems to be sprouting a tiger tail. The man wants Tamil youth to keep tabs on the Army. Wiggy seems to have forgotten that if not for the Army, a lot Tamil youth would be carrying guns and sporting cyanide capsules (if they hadn't blown themselves up or being killed in battle, that is). The man's shortsightedness knows no bounds clearly. It might do him some good to reflect on what 30 years of 'adventure' gave the Tamil people.

New UNHRC chief same old, same old
New UN Human Rights Chief Prince Zeil Al Hussein says his predecessor, Navi Pillay is one of the greatest officials the UN ever had. Automatically disqualifies the man for any respect. Pillay, everyone knows, was deaf, blind and dumb. If that's 'great' for the Prince, we can forget about the UNHRC becoming what it was meant to be.

The great ear-sacrifice
It was rumored that former UNP firebrand and now UPFA Chief Minister, Wayamba, Dayasiri Jayasekera had cut off an ear seeing Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and Harin Fernando on stage together. Dayasiri's office has denied that anything of the kind happened. But if ear-cutting vows are about the unbelievable happening, then how about UNP stalwarts pledging to be ear-less in the event that Ranil yields any of the many controls he already has? That way they can keep their ears.   

Abe-SaranaiWhen President Mahinda Rajapaksa became President, many of his detractors said that he would be a diplomatic disaster. Looking back, it is hard to think of any head of state who could, at the same time, maintain decent relations with countries that did not see eye to eye with each other. There's India and China, USA and Iran, India and Pakistan and now, with the state visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, China and Japan. Whaddaplayer!


Anonymous said...

So Ranil chose Ravi. Speaks volumes.

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Malinda Seneviratne said...

sorry to burst your bubble ms/mr anonymous, but i have not solicited or received a laptop, alcohol or money from temple trees (i assumed you meant 'from' and not 'for'). a laptop was offered to journalists from the media ministry, which i accepted and promptly gave one of our journalists. got any problem with that, mr/ms too-shy-to-name-him/herself?

Anonymous said...

With wimpy cyber bullies around, it’s ok to say one’s not entitled to anonymity as it’s unscrupulous. Then again “.. without anonymity in discourse, free speech is impossible, and hence also democracy. The right to speak the truth to power does not shield the speaker from the consequences of doing so; only comparable power or anonymity can do that.” ― Nick Harkaway- (maybe relevant for this kindof blog). Or it’s just that the anonymity tab itself should be blamed for being an easy option, it takes time to think.

Malinda Seneviratne said...

when a spews lies in anonymity, then the rationale laid out above is hollow. thanks, however, for naming your tribe!