Beware Sri Lankan “Moderates” Bearing Good Governance

How those preaching good governance are just shills for a foreign extreme-left neocolonial agenda.

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Sri Lanka’s wannabe John Oliver, only a lot less funny. Also, he’s a “moderate.” From here.

Let me start by asking you some very moderate, reasonable questions.

Isn’t rule of law good? Isn’t corruption bad? Isn’t ethnic harmony good? Isn’t racism bad? Isn’t trade good? Isn’t economic stagnation bad? Isn’t it better to have foreign allies? Isn’t it bad to be isolated? Isn’t development good? Isn’t debt bad?

Isn’t a fresh young leader good? Isn’t an old stale leader bad? Isn’t media freedom good? Isn’t censorship bad? Isn’t a small cabinet good? Isn’t a jumbo cabinet bad? Isn’t animal welfare good? Isn’t elephant abuse bad? Isn’t investigation of crimes good? Isn’t covering up crimes bad? Isn’t democracy good? Isn’t dictatorship bad?

Those who ask these questions seem very reasonable. Of course, all those things they list as being good, are good. And all those things they say are bad, are bad. What sensible citizen would want racism, or want to be sanctioned by foreign countries, or want criminals to go unpunished?

But when Sri Lankan “moderates” ask these reasonable questions, what they are really asking is this: Isn’t Ranil good? Isn’t Mahinda bad?

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So this is what they voted for: While Mahinda spoke about expressways and skyscrapers, Maithripala talks about bras

So it turns out that people voted not for a new politics but for the same old politics — as long as it was carried out by new faces. Most of the faces now at the top of Sri Lanka’s political pyramid aren’t really new at all though. They are in fact the faces of characters we have known for ten, twenty, thirty, forty and even more years. They are the same faces, just older, more saggy, more sclerotic and balder than when they first appeared.

And when the country’s once booming economy and rapid development was handed over to these old, old, old, stuck-in-the-past characters with ulterior motives, anyone could predict accurately the state of affairs we would see at the end of this tumultuous year.

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Deconstructing Sirisena: Sri Lanka’s first dictator

As we approach 200 days of the “100 day regime” of “perfect governance,” we see Sirisena for the crude, conniving politician that he truly is. Let’s unravel the Sirisena web of lies.

Maithripala Sirisena came onto the presidential stage in a manner so contrived that it looked scripted right out of the shadowy halls of the NGO dens of Colombo — as it turned out, it was exactly that. Here was a man from deep within the Rajapksa government, who apparently at great risk to himself, suddenly came out to denounce his leader, his party, and his nation. He said he had seen untold corruption and felt the need to stand up for “good governance” and to stand against “selling of the country” to certain foreign powers, meaning China.

Based on Mahinda Rajapaksa’s mistakes in communicating his plans and explaining his actions, and on the background of an anti-national drumbeat of derision and allegations — which were never confronted head-on by the Rajapaksa government — from the disloyal opposition led by Ranil Wickremasinghe, the swing voters and urban pseudo-middle class fell for Sirisena’s lies hook, line and sinker.

Sirisena said that Mahinda had bought helicopters, horses and Lamborghinis for his sons, all at taxpayer expense. Sirisena said that Mahinda and his ministers used artificially inflated Chinese loans to fund “corruption” and to sell the country to China through this indebtedness. Sirisena said that he would usher in a new, “perfect government,” to be led by Wickremasinghe for 100 days. Sirisena said that after those 100 days, he would dissolve parliament for a fresh, clean, new parliament to then continue with the “good governance” regime.

As we know now, Sirisena was lying.

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Desperate and scared, Ranil and his pambaya go for the nuclear option

The imminent arrest of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, our war-winning defence secretary, highlights how weak the unelected prime minister Ranil is. The anti-national coalition which came together to win on Jan 8 — on the back of dispicable lies, as it turned out — expected to have cemented their grip on power by now. Instead the whole house of cards has come crashing down, as the foundation of lies on which it stood crumbles under the weight of truth and patriotism.

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Environmentalism under “good governance”

During and after the presidential election campaign, we heard a lot of noise from the unelected, illegally-appointed prime minister, his obsequious followers on twitter, and all the anti-national media, about the Colombo Port City.

“Environmental damage” was the main complaint, which in this case overtook the staple allegation of corruption that was usually used to denigrate every other Rajapaksa development project.

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The storm has passed

Thanks to the hard work of Dinesh, Wimal, Vasudeva, GL, and a few others behind the scenes, it looks like Sri Lanka’s representative democratic system survived the onslaught of the storm of tyranny that was the 19th Amendment, a monstrosity created by the unelected de facto prime minister Ranil.

The final heavily-modified bill was passed with an overwhelming majority on Apr 28, 2015.

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Ranil tries to sweep away democracy and liberty

Ranil is angry. Ranil is irritated. Ranil is stressed. Why? Because of those pesky Rajapaksas of course. In a recent, highly un-prime ministerial episode, Ranil ranted to a handful of fellow anti-Mahinda activists, making two points.

Firstly, that those protesting in parliament were doing so to help “horu” and “rodu” – as the protest was sparked when Mahinda was summoned for questioning on a flimsy pretext by Ranil’s good friend the Bribery Chief Dilrukshi Wickremasinghe.

Secondly, that all the Rajapaksas (and their supporters) would soon be swept aside like the “rodu” on the “paapissa” that they were.

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Are we better off today than we were 100 days ago?

The long-awaited day has arrived. Today marks exactly 100 days since Gamaralage Maithripala Sirisena became president of Sri Lanka. At the heart of his campaign was the promise of a 100-day programme of change which would take Sri Lanka from an authoritarian presidential state back to a Westminster style parliamentary democracy.

Here’s an analysis of what happened and where we are headed.

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