Thursday, January 12, 2012

A divergence of opinion – UNP and their Rebels have no common ground

I expected the election of the office bearers on the 19th December 2011 would have put to bed the in-fighting in the party, once and for all. The UNP could then perform the critical task of being an effective Opposition, against an increasingly dictatorial Government, something which is sorely needed at the present time.

Sadly this was not to be case as those on the losing side, instead of contesting the process before hand, have now resorted to doing that after the fact, which to an untrained eye smacks of sour grapes. They hoped for a different result, being sure of their outcome at the time of contesting. They were so shattered by the result, that they now blame the process and numbering of ballot papers insinuating that it was a back door way of finding out the way each person voted. This by implication is “those not in favor of the Leader would be outed and harassed by the Leader of the Opposition”. The secret ballot therefore was void, as they were forced to vote for the leader and his nominees if they hoped to keep their positions or other perks.

Instead of debating it within the party, the so called rebels began a concerted media campaign to attack the Leader directly using all forms of media, against the Constitution of the UNP. This last action has now created a situation of forcing the Leader to isolate and if possible banish the rebels from the party, for acting in a way contrary to the Constitution. He must act fast and not threaten to fire them but actually do so. The problem is that it will be entangled in another court case of preventing the leader from withdrawing the party membership of the rebels.

These unresolved problems are what keeps delaying the UNP from achieving its targets and so leaves the leadership NO alternative but to get rid of them. The thorn in the side is that Sajith Premadasa is the Deputy Leader and he is taking the side of the rebels, a very inconsistent position, which inevitably will challenge his right to be the Deputy, and also result in his loyalty being called into question.

When those who imply that they have power at ground level without proof of that fact, and the fact that they bring the party into disrepute, does not leave the leader much option but to un buckle them from the train and let them wallow in the wilderness; until of course they wish to be found or change their direction by their own steam. Once they realize the folly of their ways they will return to the UNP. This is the only practical way to go and I urge the leader to act without delay.

It is sad that both Dayasiri Jayasekera and to a lesser extent Karu Jayasuriya are unable to face the facts. They are not as popular as they think and blame the system for their inability to rise. It is ironic that despite the leader being flawed, he has been able to survive due to the incompetence of those who claim that right. Just get real, all the pretenders to the throne are far worse than the leader, and that is the reason he survives all these tin pot uprisings which only do the party more harm.

I say Dayasiri and Sajith factions do the party more harm than the leader. The sum total of the harm is unbearable to the party faithful. They are desperately trying to hang their hat, but the media blows the trumpet of Sajith and Dayasiri and so people get conned into believing in their infallibility and also leadership qualities.

This campaign of insulting the leader must stop!! And stop now!! Otherwise the UNP as the Grand Old Party will be reduced to permanent opposition. It is the Government who benefits from Dayasiri’s behavior or Sajith’s behavior and if there is anyone who one can construe as being in the payroll of the Govt. it is those two individuals. There cannot be any doubt of that, as it is inconceivable despite the many rantings to the contrary, that it is Ranil who is in bed with the Govt.

The fact that public are unable to think about what they read and instead believe what is fed, is where the ultimate problem lies. It must be changed hopefully by a few thinkers in the blogosphere. It is up to them to show reasoning and use an analytical process to prove the point I am trying to make in this scenario.

There is a mature way to go about discussing problems, even if it means dealing with obstinacy. The real problem has been the inability of the pretenders to pierce the armor of the leader due to lack of strategy, thought and implementation, which goes to show they are unable not just to govern, but also to lead a party to victory.

A simple process of inward reflection is what the usurpers need to correct their strategy and stance to better serve the greater good, which is to promote honesty and good governance, and NOT use the same tactics that the present regime uses to gain power. They make the fundamental mistake of using the old adage if you cannot beat them, join them. It does not work as you are always playing second fiddle to the barbarians and to be a true Roman you must have a point of comparison that is better and therefore inevitable. The speed with which you ensure the inevitability is the need of the hour, and to that end, rushing like bulls in a china shop breaking everything in their path is not the way to go. I therefore sincerely hope the rabble of rebels are able to see through the error of their ways and correct themselves first.

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