Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Leaving at last........

Sixteen dissident ministers are leaving the cabinet tonight. 

During this festival season we advise people to be aware of pickpockets. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Stupid logic of UNPers

According to United National Party parliamentarians and their lap dogs, it is alright to rob the central bank. It is alright to remove the central bank from the finance ministry and take it under your wings. It is alright to appoint your mate as the Governor of the central bank, although he is NOT a Sri Lankan citizen. It is alright your appointee to have a son in law who owns a primary dealership in government securities. It is alright for your appointee, the governor of the central bank and his son in law the primary dealer of government securities to live under one roof. It is alright for your appointee, the governor of the central bank to allow his son in law to bid for the government securities. It is alright for him to get double or triple the amount of treasury bonds auctioned, for higher bid. It is alright for your appointee, the governor of the central bank to prevent the government banks participating in the primary bidding in treasury bonds, making it a one horse race. It is alright for the son in law of your appointee, the governor of the central bank to sell back those bond to the government banks with a fat profit margin.  It is alright for son in law of your appointee, the governor of the central bank to make Rs 11 billion in profit in one calendar year by just fiddling with government securities. 

Yes sir, it is alright to engage in all the above and still you are clean. You get the vote of confidence.

However is it bad to break the collective responsibility of the cabinet members. It is bad to understand the fraud and vote with the no-confidence. Yes sir, it is a cardinal sin and for that all the cabinet ministers who voted with consciousness must be kicked out of the cabinet!! 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Kurunegala conspiracy

If you appoint a weak leader, he removes  able leaders around him. That is how a weak leader protects his leadership from the natural born leaders. 

We could see that phenomena taking place in the United National Party at National level and the provincial levels. Weak leader removes the capable leaders at the national level and give the prominence to  like-minded  sissy-boy weak leaders at the provincial level. Subsequently, the those weak provincial leaders do anything and everything to get rid of the better leaders at the provincial level. 

When Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe became the leader of the United National party, it was a cake walk for him as the real leaders of the party were assassinated by the LTTE terrorists. From the first day, Mr Wickramasinghe was busy getting rid of real natural leaders of the United National Party. Natural leaders such as Mr Keheliya Rambukwella, Mr Wijepala Mendis, Mr Sirisena Cooray, Mr Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mr Bogollagama, Mr Imitiyaz Bakeer Maker, Mr Lakshman Seneviratne, Mr Gamini Lokuge, Mr P Dayaratne, Mr Upali Amarasiri, Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Mr Jhonston Fernando etc. were chased out of the party while remaining folks such as Mr Aluwihare and Mr Budhdhika Pathirana were sidelined. 

Kurunegala district was home to some brave and efficient leaders of the United National party. Genial and patriotic figures such as Mr T. B. Welagedara and  Mr Lional Jayathilaka, diplomats and foreign ministers such as Mr Bogollagama are products of Kurunegala district. Firebrands such as Mr Jhonston Fernando and Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera are also from Kurunegala. 

We could see the natural born leadership phobia is taking place at Kurunegala district and it destroy the party. Brave and efficient Jhonston Fernado and  popular youth leader Dayasiri Jayasekara were chased out. Mr Indika Bandaranayike also followed suit. 

Only one real leader remains in the Kurunegala District United National Party membership. That is Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. He was educated at Nalanda Vidyalaya, Colombo and used to open bowling for the first XI. Being a medium pace bowler and a good athlete,  he could face challenges and reply in kind. During the 88/89 insurgency, Mr Perera defended his borrow "amicably". 

These days, whenever the United National Party back benchers demand the leadership change, the Sirikotha goons offer to sack Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. All of a sudden Mr Perera has become the sacrificial lamb of the UNP! Perhaps a sissy boy  from Kurunegala district is jealous of natural born leaders. Perhaps that sissy boy is persuading someone at the top to remove Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera.  


Saturday, April 7, 2018

'Tis the season to be old self, Fa la la laa, laa laa laa

Thank god, Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe's old self is back. 

During the no-confidence motion week, he was behaving as a stranger. Usually, he ignores his party members and do not talk to them. However during last week, he was listening to all and sundry except Athuraiye Rathana thero. He was giving promises to everybody. Promising to re-structure the party and appoint a new leader. 

Telling the truth we were scared of that strange behavior

During the parliamentary debate on no-confidence motion, opposition MP Mr Wimal Weerawansa has warned his fellow UNP MPs. Mr Weerawansa told them that the although Mr Wickramasinghe is listening to the UNP MP's today, from tomorrow itself he will be his former self. True to Mr Weerawansa's prediction, thank god, old Mr Wickramasinghe is back in PMs seat. 

Prime minister has refused to heed to his backbenchers demands in getting the ministers who voted for the no-confidence motion, out of the cabinet. Mr Wickramasinghe has instructed those backbenchers to withdraw  the no-confidence against those "rouge" ministers. Instead of naming a new leader, he proceeded to appoint a twelve member leadership council (yes, just like the one he appointed few years back). Who is the new leader then? Who else, none other than Mr Wickramasinghe himself!

As the citizens of Sri Lanka, we are happy that Mr Wickramasinge is back to himself again. We look forward to see Mr Wickramasinghe staring a new scheme to rob the Central Bank. Perhaps this time, he could rob Employers Trust Fund too!

PS: It seems Mr Fowsi was lucky. Prime minister has kept the promises he gave to Mr Fowsi and allocated Rs 43,000,000.00, Yes, Rs Forty three million, to buy a new vehicle from Tax payers money. Congratulations Ela Fowsi!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Who let the backbenchers out? Who Who Who.....

Having got the upper-hand during the recently conducted no confidence motion vote, the United National Party  backbenchers are behaving rather bizarre manner. 

They lost no time writing a letter to their leader demanding the expulsion of cabinet ministers who voted for the motion. They want to have those portfolios for themselves.  Knowing that their leader does not take their requests seriously, the backbenchers have handed over no-confidence motions against said ministers. 

I am sure the Prime minister will ignore such stupid demands. Let's see what happens if the prime minister also decides to back his fellow MPs. At most, all what he could do is to make a request to the president to remove the ministers. If the president refuses that, the prime minster could do nothing. It is similar to the situation where the president wanted to get rid of the prime minister. He asked the Prime minister to go. Prime minister decided to stay. President could do nothing!

Our constitution is rather silly one.  President is the head of the state and the head of the cabinet. He appoints a prime minister. Then the prime minister recommends the MPs to be appointed as the Ministers. Once the president get the prime ministers recommendation, he appoints  cabinet ministers. 

When the prime minister wants to sack ministers of President's cabinet, he indicates that to the president.  President could either sack those ministers or ignore the request of the Prime minister. 

If the president sack those ministers, he will be powerless in his own cabinet. No one is there to back him. Therefore one could understand that there won't be any sackings of ministers. What would poor backbenchers do now?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Confidence and No confidence

Backbenchers of the United National Party have handed over sixteen individual no-confidence motions and one no confidence motion covering several Ministers to the Speaker's office. They demand the Ministers and deputy ministers voted against the prime minister must leave the cabinet. Probably most of the backbenchers are fed up being without any portfolio and trying to chase away the existing minsters to grab their positions. 

According to our constitution, you can't hand over a no confidence motion against an individual minister without naming the government. To be accepted and proceeded by the speaker as a valid no confidence motion, it should contain a last paragraph saying that they have no confidence on minister in question as well as the government. When the Joint opposition handed over the no confidence motion against the Prime minister, they have to include the last paragraph of no confidence against the Government as well. It is a technicality. Without that, a no confidence motion is not valid.

At the moment, the Backbenchers of the United National Party are behaving like a bunch of pre-school kids and demanding this and that. They do not understand that the prime minister can't sack any minister without the consent of the president. The do not understand that they cant hand over a valid no confidence motion without citing the Government. 

By any chance, if the speaker's office decided to  proceed with those ill advised no confidence motions against the ministers who voted with the Joint opposition, it would be an interesting situation. The joint opposition could  let the motions pass in the parliament with majority vote and petition to the supreme court to include the missing paragraph - no confidence against the GOVERNMENT! That will give a god send chance to the President to appoint a fresh cabinet led by a new prime minister.

Arresting the culprits, what people should know

The yahapalana government has arrested former director of military intelligence, major general Amal Karunasekata today (5th April 2018) evening. He was getting treatment at the Army hospital and the CID has arrested him at the hospital, the media says. According to the government sources, major general Karunasekara was arrested in connection with the abduction of the journalist Mr Keith Noyar on the 22nd May 2008. 

Yahapalana chaps came to power saying that the former government was giving luxury treatments to KP of the LTTE and they will put KP behind the bars.  Today  KP remains in his luxury accomadation, while the man who was instrumental in capturing the LTTE terrorist KP in Malaysia, major general Karunasekara  is in custody. 

Yesterday night at Baybrook place, armed thugs have broke in and vandalized the head office of Sirasa TV. The cameraman of Sirasa have video recorded the whole incident and showing the highlights in their news bulletin.  Not only that, going a step further, Sirasa TV have identified the thugs involved in the attack. One could clearly see a Colombo Municipal council member and the deputy mayor of Kolonnawa urban council and the registration plates of the vehicles they came in their footage. 

We live in a country where we ignore our national interests and hell bend in pleasing the foreign powers and Tamil diaspora. Therefore the general public of this country should understand the following.  Men behind the discovery of LTTE terrorists and their arms caches will be taken in to custody, while none of the thugs who attacked Sirasa TV will be arrested. 

Will he keep his promises?

During the no confidence debacle Prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe was listening to everybody and promising the sun and moon. Most of all, he has promised to LISTEN to the party members. Coming from Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, it is colossal! 

United National Party back-benchers were keen to grab the opportunity. Yesterday night itself, thirty two of them have signed a letter demanding Mr Ranil WIckramasinghe to sack those cabinet ministers who voted for the no confidence motion. Naturally according to the promises made by Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, the back benchers are expecting a favorable response. 

Media reports say that the cabinet ministers who have voted for the no confidence motion are not going to resign. What would Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe do? Will he keep his promise and heed to the request made by his back benchers? Or will he ignore them as he used to do in the past and move on? 

In fact the problem lies with the constitution. Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe has no cabinet to sack the ministers. He is the Prime minister of President Mithreepala's cabinet. According to our constitution, the Prime minister has no right to sack the ministers. He could make a recommendation to the president to sack the ministers. If the president do not sack his cabinet ministers, Prime minister could do nothing. Imagine a situation where the prime minister recommend the president to sack the ministers but the president refuses to do that. What will happen if such a deadlock between the president and the prime minister takes place?

On the other-hand if the president sack the ministers belonging to his own party and fraction, what will happen to president's own security and political well being??

Facing such a scenario, will the prime minister at least recommend the president to sack those ministers?? If not this may be the first of many promises he is going to  break in days to come!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Democracy is dead, long live the Prime Minister!

Prime minister Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe has won the motion of no confidence against him yesterday night. Throughout the day, during the parliamentary debate, he was ably defended by his former enemies turned close friends such as Mr Mangala Samaraweera and Dr Rajitha Senaratne. Not so surprisingly, all the so-called minority parties voted against the no confidence motion, proving the fact that they are just an extended arms of foreign interests. They made the hay while Mr Wickramasinghe was in trouble.

Members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- Mithree section was a divided lot. Some powerful leaders such as Mr Susil Premjayantha, Mr Anura Yapa, Mr Jhon Senevirathne, Mr S.B Dissanayake voted for the no confidence motion, while 22 members comprising the minority MPs opted stay away from the vote.   Once again it proved the fact that President Mithreepala has no political principles, but thinking only of his own survival. It is high time for someone to hand over an impeachment against the president!

It is apparent that most of the agitators who raised their voice against the Prime minister changed their mind just before the vote. As observed by most of the interested parties, millions of rupees would have changed hands. Money talks, we listen with interest!

Having won the vote, now it is the worst time for Mr Wickramasinghe. He has to deliver the goods. Electronic media are broadcasting the promises he made to the minority parties. Those are very harmful for the national security integrity.  On the other hand, members of the United National Party have openly saying that they support the Prime minister because has has promised to elect new leader to the party. Imagine one fighting a ferocious battle to win that and handover all the spoils to a new leader??

If the Prime minister is adamant in fulfilling all those promises he made to the minority parties and his own party members, it is a very interesting phenomena. He has to take decisions to destroy the country by fulfilling the promises made to the minority parties. He has to resign from the party leadership next. Cost of wining the battle is too much. Victory is not so sweet when your soul is mortgaged to the devil!

Knowing Mr Wickramasinghe, one could assume that he is not serious in fulfilling his promises. He may forget about the democracy in his party and democracy in country at large. As Mr Vimal Weerawanse reminded us yesterday, he will be old Ranil again tomorrow! He will walk a tight rope making more and more enemies. 

Mr WIckramasinghe has won the battle, however will he win the war??

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ignorance of a Parliamentarian

Dr Harsha de Silva spoke in the parliament yesterday. He was asking from the house, "wherever in the world a government minister votes against the government in a motion of no-confidence"? (please watch the video from the 27th minute). Dr Harsha was telling us that the participation of members of the government against the government itself has never occurred before. Poor man is thinking that only opposition members vote against the government during a vote of no-confidence.

We must remind him that sensible governments does not bring no confidence motions against their opposition. Almost always it is the the job of opposition to bring no confidence motion against the government. 

Poor Doctor should know that in the United Kingdom (where he canvassed unsuccessfully against the "Brexit" referendum using Sri Lankan tax payers money), under the fixed-term Parliaments act 2011, only a motion explicitly resolving "that this house has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government is treated as a motion of no-confidence! Yes Doctor, not against the opposition, but against the GOVERNMENT!

In our parliamentary system, political party or parties who have secured the majority in the house is invited to form a government. Unless it is a minority government, the ruling party or collation has more than half of the seats. 

Any opposition who tables a no confidence-motion must secure votes from the ruling party members if they want to succeed. If the opposition can win the vote only by their own votes, they do not have to sit in the opposition!

Dr Harsha was talking about the history. He has forgotten that in 1964, Mr C. P. De Silva, a minister of Mrs Sirima Bandaranayike's government and thirteen other government party members voted along with the opposition. We must remind Dr Harsha De Silva that  during the 1964 no-confidence motion, his colleague Mr Mangala Samaraweera's father Mr Mahanama Samaraweera also voted against his government.  

Yes Doctor, sorry to disappoint you, but the government Ministers do sometimes vote against the government. Some treat them as heroes while others treat them as traitors. Defectors always claim that they are voting for the betterment of the country while their enemies claiming perks, loads of money and women are involved. 

Nasty world we live in, isn't it?

Never quit....

Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe is NOT going to quit. That is what we hear in the media.

Apparently, Sri Lanka Freedom Party has appointed  minister for Transport and aviation Mr Nimal Siripala De Silva as their represntative to meet Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe and ask him to resign from the post of Prime minister. It is reported that Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe has turned down Mr Nimal Siripala De SIlva's request and informed that he will face the no-confidence motion in the parliament tomorrow. 

It is a well known fact that Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe is a seasoned campaigner in the parliament and an expert in manipulation of members of the parliament. 

I am sure there is no connection between The minister for Transport and Aviation Mr Nimal Siripala De  Silva challenging Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe and sudden industrial action of the Bandaranayike International Airport workers and crippling the day to day operations of the airport. 

As mentioned by the leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, members of the parliament are being offered handsome gifts. Going rate is from 8 to 20 million rupees. 

In 1964 the United National Party has brought forward a no-confidence motion against Mrs Sirima Bandaranayike's government. Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe's father Mr Esmond Mr. Wickramasinghe was instrumental in getting the required votes to bring down the government. He managed to obtain the required numbers. Mr Mangala Samaraweera's father Mr Mahanama Samaraweera was one of the ministers who took whatever given by Mr Esmond Wickramasinghe and voted against his leader Mrs Bandaranayike while Rajapakses joined hands with her. 

 Today Rajapakses are challenging Mr Esmond Wickramasinghe's son Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, while Mr Mahanama Samaraweera's son Mr Mangala Samaraweera and Mrs Bandaranayike's daughter Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunge are trying to save him. 

If Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe loses tomorrow he will be chased out of the politics by his fellow party members. However with the billions of rupees "earned" from the Central Bank Bond Scam at his disposal, chances are very slim for him to lose the vote.  

Monday, April 2, 2018

Universities are closed.....

Non-academic staff members of the Sri Lankan Universities are on strike. They demand the Government must implement the salary increments promised by then Minister for Higher Education Mr Kirialle without further delay. Said promise was given more than a year ago. Alas, we have a new minister for Higher Education now. The new minister Mr Kabir Hashim is not interested to discuss the issue with the union leaders. The ultimate result is the closure of all the Government Universities for more than 30 days. 

Day by day, the higher education of Sri Lankan youth are getting delayed. Not a single member of the government is interested. People say that the powerful ruling party seniors have no children. Those few who have children send their kids abroad for the higher education. Therefore the leaders of the government are not worried. 

Our University non-academics have several unions belonging to both the  ruling party and the opposition parties. Industrial action was not started by a single union.  All union leaders were in agreement when they started the strike. One could imagine the situation  of the members belonging to the the ruling party union, the Jathika sewaka sangamaya today! 

While the government is ignoring industrial action, the membership of the non-academic unions are facing severe hardships. They haven't got their salary this month. There is no hope of getting the next month salary too. How they are going to Sinhala and Tamil new year.... one wonders. 

Rats and mice jumping off the sinking ship

Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe is a lucky man. He is the leader of the United National Party. There are loads of mainstream and social media personal at his disposal. Those media chaps are being handled by competent spin doctors. 

They are the people who came up with shiploads of fake news during Mr Rajapakse's government. They planted stories of golden horses, Buckingham palaces  in  America, man eating sharks, Lamborghini cars ect ect. Gullible voters of Sri Lanka were deceived.  Ultimate result was establishing a new government.

One can deceive to achieve high office. However when one is occupying the high office one has no option but to perform. If the person who deceived all the way up to the high office is not capable of delivering goods, what will happen? That's exactly what happened to Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe. Whatever the project he started as the Prime minister was an utter failure. Sometimes with unbelievable bad luck too.

The best example is the Volkswagen saga. One of Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe's stooges Mr Harsha Silva was boasting that he got the world famous Volkswagen automobile company to start a new car factory in Sri Lanka.  Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe gave a government land ( in fact it was disputed land belonging to the government trustee) to a self appointed local agent of Volkswagen Automobiles. Just few weeks after that incident, so called pollution emission scandal hit the Volkswagen Automobiles and now the then worlds biggest automobile manufacturer is bankrupt. Just  Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe's luck.

Going back to the original point, one wonders what will happen to Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe's spin doctors and media gang. Silence observed in social media suggests that the rats and mice are jumping the ship!

Will he resign....

Serial loser Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe is in crossroads. Tomorrow (4th April 2018) he has to face a no-confidence motion in the parliament. One by one, all his backers are leaving the sinking ship. 

Opposition MPs belonging to newly formed Sri Lanka Podujana peramuna ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදුජන පෙරමුණ party claims that the have the support of 116 or more MPs in the parliament. Minimum number of votes needed to kick Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe out of the Prime minister post is 113. 

Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe is NOT a natural born leader. He has no idea what is happening at the grassroots level. He can't win elections. He is not a good organizer. He does not listen to people.  Having said that, we have to admit the fact that Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe is very good in manipulating the party leaders and stick in to the leadership of the United National Party at any cost. For this purpose he has a gang of fake news creators and mainstream and social media misinformation spreaders. 

Fake news creators are "inventing" news items harmful to Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe's enemies and opponents. Rest of the gang pick up those misinformation or fake news as their references. Altogether they use pack if lies to make a web of illusion.

However, when faced with a real life situation, both the leader Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe and his gang of fake news creators and spin doctors are useless. They can't face the scenario heads on and take the bull by the balls.... 
All what they could do is to try buying off the MPs by offering them unbelievable amounts of money and other "things". They managed to salvage the lost cause in the past. Yet, this time, the news is no good. The tide is turning at unbelievable rate and force. Therefore the only option available to  Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe is to RESIGN!