By Gomin Dayasri
The government, having sliced off large tracts of opposition MPs, represents most every party in Parliament other than the ITAK. Mahinda Rajapaksa purchased the purchasable MP’s from the UNP, the reliable and regular supplier to the government of MPs’ as the need arises. It’s an eternal spring that does not appear to run dry with Ranil Wickremasinghe being the source of the running water that needs no tapping.
The President has temporary closed that leaky tap and instead searched for the economic powerhouses in the Grand Old Party. He threw a fly in the line to catch the big fish. Sure, they bit the bait and came on board to be served alive as a tasty dish and provide him with in-flight entertainment on long flights.
For those fat cats any crumb is sufficient to surface for a bite having survived for years in troubled waters without sighting a cape of good hope in the green zone. It’s a room for rent in government quarters occupying until UNP regains, to go home.
Rajapaksa is set to enter any space the UNP leaves bare. It is the hard rock bottom of the UNP constituents the President is unable to drill. The loyalty of the faithful is such they keep turning at the polling booths to keep the party alive knowing well another defeat is beckoning, only to see the voted deserting for benefits. There lies the floating foundation of the UNP edifice. The budget perhaps the most innovative in recent years is more to attract the investors than the inhabitants.
The greatness lies in the Rajapaksa’s flexibility and maneuverability to take a Right turn, keeping the Left in a secure corner.
The Left has caused itself to be left behind by accepting occupational therapy in the transit lounge by Tissa, DEW and Vasu. The fire brands have been loyal palace guards in the royal household holding the honors of Ministers and Presidential Advisors - those wild fires of the Left did not require a fire extinguisher to be tamed, it came spontaneously on offer of office.
Across seas, across borders the final resting place of the Old Left is the Old Right. With the principled becoming unprincipled, the Left before demise sure disgraces itself.
Never before has a SLFP led budget served the affluent so handsomely. For them to remain in a divided UNP becomes meaningless. As President descends on UNP territory, its home base erodes without anything to offer. As life becomes harder for the less affluent, UNP lacks the magnetic force to attract them. Mahinda closer to elections probably would move to win them back.
SLFP suffers from a permanent inferiority complex having being an off - shoot of the UNP at its origins. Any rubbish from the UNP is more valued than its own home products. For upward mobility within the party and to get on the fast lane, entrance from the UNP enclosure is more rewarding. Naturally discomfort is felt in layers of the SLFP that marches to the tune of a Left/Right staccato never keeping to the centre road. In hard times in the Opposition it turns leftwards, in office enjoying comforts it moves rightwards and always mocks itself as a Centre Party.
Mahinda Phenomenon is phenomenal in splitting political parties that are with him and against him- easiest prey is the Old and New Left that has nowhere to turn but rightwards with its leaders cocooned in the comforts of the by products of neo- liberalism, which it denounces. In the UPFA the monolith lies with the President’s SLFP pivoting pirouetting and parroting the Mahinda Chinthanaya. More a Party splinters, to stand-alone become hazardous as the memberships dwindle and the proximity to the President and his Party becomes a necessity for survival, causing more multiple splits.
In the SLFP, Mahinda Chintanaya can become a dead dodo as rapidly as Bandaranaike Policies as the party revolves around strong personalities than sound principles. Bountiful luck has been an added value in the Presidential drive except in the hard fought war where leadership and motivation came from the Presidents office.
Nature has been kind to him without droughts and power cuts. The primary plantation produce has shone in the world market and the oil prices are not spiraling upwards. Foreign employment sources remain stable. There is foreign currency to waste in the vault. Governing without governance is a straight drive with a feeble Opposition dismembering itself to be an opposition incapable of opposing. The luck has to hold in the more difficult days ahead!
The western powers were neutered and India neutralized in the course of the war and their sounds are now mere shrieks, more sound bites than poison arrows. No Government had the Left, Right and Centre in abundance under one umbrella before it carried the Mahinda TM (trade mark). Government brings shame on itself from time to time, in the absence of any other to disgrace. The rumblings, if any, are from the docile and hostile Media - last frontier of the brave.
Mahinda Rajapaksa alone could cause his own defeat by over extending himself. Leave him alone; he knows best to look after himself. It’s the fawning toads that lead him astray.
Ranil Wickremasinghe has to be saved from his friends. Mahinda Rajapaksa has to be safeguarded from his servile sycophants.