Thursday, September 26, 2013

UNP – Don’t be too hasty despite the pressure on all fronts – try another approach!

After a further shattering blow in all three provinces, despite the upbeat vibes at pocket meetings and rallies, the UNP finds itself yet again questioning the leadership and blaming all on that fact.

So first look at what both the UNP and the UPFA stand for today, not the past. The UNP stands for a United party of all people’s on this land irrespective of race and creed, on one symbol, the Elephant, to govern within the law, and to make changes to the law as proposed (not finalized) in their attempt at drafting a new constitution, to abolish the Executive Presidency.

The UPFA stands for a divisive, Sihala Buddhist racial divide, where little power as possible is given to minority races or minority religions, and the modus operandi is to play to the gallery to garner votes from their base, using fear of the Diaspora, and International Interference in the domestic affairs, as further evidenced by the President’s statement to the UN yesterday. Rule by fear and not logic.

We must agree, that electorally, the latter policy of the Government has triumphed, over a basic insecure, Sinhala Buddhist majority that appear to believe the racist rhetoric, which has further alienated the Northern Tamils, into an overwhelming five sixths majority for the TNA. They were not bought by the infrastructure development of the North, and the painstaking persuasion, by including the likes of turncoats like KP into their fold, which further drew even moderate Tamils to the TNA fold.

In affect we have a divided nation, Rajapaksa won a battle at immense cost of lives and limb and dough, but lost the war, and the whole plot. Worse is still to come, as TNA will demand a Governor more amenable to them. The Govt. will give the opposite.  MR will give the 5 Districts, in the North, 5 District Ministers bent on destroying any amity with the TNA.

Fast forward a year on, TNA will demand the activation of the 13th, Govt. will refuse or remove it from the Constitution, using its two thirds majority and without the Consent of the Northern Province!

The TNA will tell the Govt. to take a hike, when the Govt. threatens the North by cutting off funds for development and day to day operations. They will then obtain all the funding from the Diaspora, AID, India to carry on all the activities and more, and will effectively do separate deals with Tamil Nadu.

This will result in the North growing at a compound rate of 25% per annum, shattering world records, so that in 5 years their GNP will be double or three times that of the South. They do not need the South, and southern workers will be the coolies of the North, and Sri Lanka will be one Nation, but effectively two!!!

The Wealthy Tamils in the South will also become much wealthier in the South with doing business with the North, and so even the economic power balance will shift to the Minority races, and religions!

All because Rajapaksa has no vision, wanted permanent power for him and his family, and set a rotten precedent of fiefdoms, ruled by local lords, who were permitted to make all the money they can illegally depriving the majority.

In order to go back to my original point, I had to paint this inevitable picture, if the UNP is to reinvent itself to face this potential outcome, and prevent it, by being able to explain simply that it is NOT the UNP that was to divide Sri Lanka, but that UPFA are already well on the way to have already divided Sri Lanka.

Who can lead that party to give this message clearly and simply and turn the tables on the UPFA for doing exactly what they accuse the Opposition UNP of doing, and the UNP showing the way that they are the ONLY party to prevent such an outcome from happening and keeping the Country truly UNITED !!!

Any guesses, certainly not Sajith, who just wants to be a Rajapaksa in mufti, or Karu who is passed his prime, and damaged goods by playing musical chairs.

It can only be the new generation of Youth who can reinvent the Party as a young party with all the international values of Youth!!!! New technology, inclusive of all the World’s nationalities, green energy, conservation, environment and sustainable development being the themes. ONLY then will the thugs, the goons and the underworld be thrown out, lock stock and barrel, with all those who live off of it.

Religion and race will have NO PLACE in Government. The real values of Buddhism will have pride of place, and not the established hierarchy, so people will be able to follow the true path. This will ensure religious harmony, globalized mindset, and true sense of Nationalism, which puts country first, so that it is the Paradise it always was, but never could be! If that is not a contradiction in terms!

This new dawn, is the only way forward for Sri Lanka and the UNP, to prevent implosion. 


Anonymous said...

without a course correction, it looks like the country is heading back to ethnic division and tensions with the Tamils and Sinhalese entrenching themselves politically, and the Mossies looking to see how they can get themselves in the mix. the ideal solution would be to ban ethnically based parties and allow parties to exist based on ideas rather than representing ethnic groups. that is unlikely to happen, and all sides are entrenching themselves on an ethnic basis.

the way forward for the UNP is to stand as a truly national party, but unfortunately they will have to form coalitions with ethnically based parties because they are sequestering those votes away from the UNP for themselves. the problem is with that is that the ethnically based parties are repugnant to sinhalese and the UNP loses the sinhalese vote if they align with the ethnically based parties. so the UNP is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

the only hope is for the UNP leader to take on a much more 'people friendly' public persona and to create ethnically based party VPs of each ethnicity -- regularly clad appropriately in ethnic garb -- broadcast through all forms of media and constantly encouraged through daily events in the hope that the electorate tires of divisive ethnic politics and wants to try for the people friendly alternative of the UNP big tent.

it's an uphill battle

Anonymous said...

while encouraging national policies it's important to also create a narrative of the blunders of the current government that can be documented with clear and compelling evidence and that the masses can understand and relate with.

the masses can understand roads, property appreciation, cheap fertilizer, etc.

the masses don't get the abstract concept of 'good governance' hence it must be told in terms they understand.

they don't care if the entire state is ruled by 1 family. that's what their history books teach them has always happened in SL and now it's no different.

what they do understand is murderers, drug dealers, rapists, thieves, etc. occupying positions of power under the leader, but the problem has been trying to tie these people to the leader.

at every opportunity the case of duminda silva should be brought up and endless streams of pictures of him should be shown with MR, GR, BR, CR, etc. and other cases as well. choose the issues people understand.

so come up with an overall narrative that the people relate to, reform the party to reflect the opposite of the narrative, and get on with it

Anonymous said...

a few issues the masses may understand which should be tested in independent polling and documented assiduously in the preparation of future policies:

1. inflation
2. crime
3. jobs
4. wealth inequality / ill-gotten gains
5. religion
6. family
7. isolationism - the superiority of their race over all others in the world (hard to solve the national question with this disposition)

don't dwell on the family-owned state and fiefdoms as that is an expectation of the populace.

a simple thing to do would have people in all of your districts go out and poll people about what is important to them and make plans accordingly.

good luck!

Anonymous said...

also note that all elections cannot be won.

If there is low inflation, low crime, jobs, non-apparent wealth inequality, respect for religion, and family integrity the opposition party isn't going to win regardless of who is the leader.

Anonymous said...


2 more important ones to harp on. document failures in both of these regards and viable solutions that are appealing to the masses and you could be onto something

Jack Point said...

I wrote something on the same subject that you may find interesting: