by Gomin Dayasri
He called Aussies ‘sissies” when they feinted excuse to play us in Colombo at the World Cup which sledged them in Lahore. Now from his grave he turned the Brits to ashes over a talk to commemorate his memory, by out foxing the Con-Lib government to send a sob letter with a lame plea, parents make to schools when children play truant.
The Defence Minister’s letter of excuse carries a protocol phrase “of an extension of a scheduled visit to the Gulf ” that prevents him from delivering the talk on international security but artfully will do so next year (if permitted). Words are as Brit as are pubs and darts: chips and crossword puzzles. Surely if you take Fox at his word, his diary or organizer must be acting queer.
The English do say one thing to mean another, such is the language. The good man said it with stress under duress; probably does not believe his own words or want to be believed. Sounds more a burp from the British Ministry of War of an Orwellian Doublespeak (2010).
L.K. if living, would have mocked U.K. for being short of proper words or long on clarity of thought.
The British government is virtually placing Sri Lanka on quarantine for their Ministers though the red alerts have been taken off for tourists. It’s a unilateral declaration of “cold war” on the diplomatic front and an “arrival visa” for their countrymen to enjoy the sun and surf safely in peace after the war with the decimated LTTE, still declared a banned terrorist organization, ended. They probably feel in their distorted post - colonial minds, bestowing us a privilege too much to entertain an impartial minister or an unbiased minister may become infected with our virus.
The issue at large is the alleged war crimes. It takes precedence over terrorism, peace, democracy and the safety and security of the domiciled locals, in their warped pecking order. That is Fair Play or British Justice.
Its elementary my dear Fox, the Conservatives are down grading terrorism to uplift the Tamil Diaspora vote. You had to follow party discipline but it means more…all of Britain does not live on picking the floating vote, if there are more of your tribe. Unlikely you will get that vote mate, unless you pander to the Diaspora. Do stick to principles, taught at school and forgotten in Parliament.
It is believed No 10 Downing Street intervened to ground Liam Fox after the Foreign Office failed to convince him to stay at home. A Fox associate told the Guardian newspaper that Fox was to pay for his ticket and hotel expenses to deliver a lecture in memory of his long time associate at his widows request. Whitehall knew Kadirgamar was the target of a terrorist sniper but the British did not want to be present when a eulogy is said of him. They do bow to the heirs of terrorism and fail to honour a friend downed by the telescopic sniping of a banned terrorist.
There are 300,000 votes to be shared between Conservatives, Labor and Liberal Democrats. Reach the leaders of the Diaspora and it can be a captive vote, a decisive factor at a close election. That vote is not going to fade away but increase over the years with its biological multiplication. So is the lust for it. It would be juvenile to think the attitudes of the British governments are going to shift towards Sri Lanka as against an increasing vote base. We have to learn to live with the good bad and ugly of the UK Governments and treat them accordingly. Would any of our Ministers decline to visit Great Britain on an invitation or on an inclination, if tit for tat is a possibility? Give ticket-will travel, with some foreign exchange in the hip pocket.
In the time of J.R. Jayewardane we cast a vote in favor of UK at the UN against Argentina in the Falklands war, while the rest of the world voted the other way. The other vote in favour was from Her Majesty’s Government that part funded the Victoria project.
Head of State was not afforded sufficient security to address a gathering at Oxford in the fear of a disturbance and returned home without an apology. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government does not respect a friendly head of a sovereign nation on its soil or permit a Minister to land on our soil. They are more comfortable with an unruly mob waving LTTE flags. The mob has a registered vote at a General Election - that makes the difference. Nothing tastes sweeter to politicians than the taste of votes.
They come uninvited, like David Milliband, once did. Of course, the pilgrim had to pay respect to Prabakaran. Did David not tell Wikileak, he spent 60% of his time courting the Tamil Diaspora? Good luck but don’t play foul, using us as a punching bag, to pick votes.
There is no difference between Conservative and Labour. They are fighting for the same vote. Diaspora has only to split the vote, to have all sides knocking on their doorstep; outsmarting the hosts to divide and rule. Don’t take the British seriously on war crimes: say, it is unadulterated domestic politics at play.
The Tamil Diaspora is doing what is desirable, in their view, in their interest. Understandable.
Major political parties in the UK are trying to siphon benefits off them. Understandable.
But let not the British governments be heard to place war crimes or its investigations on purported high moral grounds, as they make out. That is bluff intolerable.