The London rumpus
Posted on June 7th, 2012

Editorial-The Island

Prabhakaran won many battles””…”””…”some very spectacularly””…”””…”but lost the war in the end because he made one fundamental mistake. He thought he could achieve his separatist goal by stepping up terror attacks on civilians and frightening the Sri Lankan leaders and public into submission. But, in so doing, he only helped them adapt to terrorism and later resist it with might and main.

Prabhakaran’s followers overseas are making the same mistake, we reckon. They succeeded in staging massive protest rallies and sabotaging events that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scheduled to address like the morning session of the Commonwealth Economic Forum in London on Tuesday. They, too, won several political battles but lost the war, as it were, on Wednesday. President Rajapaksa was received warmly by the Queen, and, above all, he braved LTTE protests and got on to the London streets to shake hands with a group of Sri Lankans.

It is being argued in some quarters that President Rajapaksa should be flexible enough to address the accountability issues troubling his government and devolve power extensively to the provinces to win over the LTTE activists on the warpath overseas. True, his government has to get its act together on the human rights front and come up with the goods where its homegrown solution is concerned; it cannot go on reneging on its promises to the minorities, but anyone who thinks the President will be able to make the LTTE less intransigent or amenable to a political solution through such measures is being as optimistic as a penniless person who orders oysters for dinner hoping to pay the bill with pearls to be found on his plate! The expatriate Tigers will never settle for anything less than a separate state because they seem to fear that a compromise will deprive them of a pretext for raising funds and seeking asylum or continuing their stay in the West, where governments have started deporting economic refugees.

The overseas Tigers may be patting each other on the back, having staged aggressive protests but in reality they not only failed to have President Rajapaksa uninvited by Buckingham Palace but also unwittingly helped boost his image back at home. Angry LTTE sympathisers shouting anti-Sri Lankan slogans have become a perfect foil for their bete noire Rajapaksa, who is wearing his patriotism on his sleeve and effectively marketing it to the voting public. He will return home to a hero’s welcome shortly with even his disgruntled supporters rallying behind his government in a bid to ward off LTTE threats. The first leg of PC polls is due in a few months and he will make the most of his London heroics to gain political mileage.

The crate law, stupid!

The government has decided to enforce the so-called “ƒ”¹…”crate law’ again with effect from next Monday. It wants some varieties of vegetables transported and stored in plastic crates, we are told. There is bound to be fierce resistance from farmers and traders once again and it is hoped that fruit and vegetable supplies won’t be disrupted as a result.

The Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade argues that if a law is not implemented properly it might as well be scrapped. If so, most of the laws will have to be done away with as they do not get implemented where government politicians are concerned. Not a single minister, past or present, has been arrested and prosecuted for bribery and corruption. So, of what use are the anti-corruption laws in a country where the most corrupt carry out their sordid operations with impunity?

The government would have us believe that its crate law is aimed at reducing the waste of perishables. Would it tell us how it intends to prevent large quantities of vegetables and fruits from being destroyed by farmers themselves unable to dispose of them? Paddy farmers cannot sell their produce and are without storage facilities. Dairy farmers are dumping their milk into waterways and on highways in protest as it cannot be sold.

Instead of finding solutions to the burning problems of food producers, the government is trying to enforce its crate law again! It is trying to stop dysentery with a loincloth or amude. Before trying to minimise waste of fruits and vegetables, let Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando urge his political bosses to prevent farmers from having to destroy their own produce by finding them markets or providing them with storage facilities.

 

6 Responses to “The London rumpus”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    Handling of vegetables is not rocket science! It is being done in other countries and the Sri Lankans do not have to reinvent the wheel. Let’s follow a successful practice and if something can be improved on those then only let the smart and bright minds take over and bring in better solutions.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    JHONSTON IS A MAN WHO THREW 20,000 COCONUTS INTO THE SEA. NO OTHER LEGISLATOR CAN MATCH THAT FETE. I REMEMBER THE HONOURABLE SPEAKER CHAMAL, SAYING IN PARLIAMENT THAT HE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM TO THE SAMURDHI RECIPIENTS. NOT A SINGLE PARLIAMENTARIAN, CHALLENGED HIS GALLANTRY, THROWING FOOD INTO THE SEA, WITHOUT PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY. AND 20,000 Coconuts at that. POMPOUS HUMBUG (;

    By the way did any Coconuts get washed ashore ? In which part of the Island did it happen ? Can someone please enlighten me.

    Jhonston proudly said he threw them into the Sea. He knows very well that, in his conscience he did not do it. Then what happened to the 20,000 Coconuts.????? He knows that Sinhalayas are Modayas, and they would swallow his stercus tauri. This is the calibre of Legislator we have today.

  3. lingamAndy Says:

    President Rajapaksa helped boost his image back at home!
    that was the whole purpose for this protests any way !
    Eg: why VP want PR to become president instead of RW , VP& co want Eelam or nothink else !

    cannot go on reneging on its promises to the minorities,- so far so good 13, 13+ goes on ………………….

    simple solution….

  4. Dham Says:

    Lingam Machang,
    Stop this 13+ nonsence and be my friend.
    Or get your 13+ rubbish and become a suicide bomb to kill me.
    Choice is yours.

  5. lingamAndy Says:

    haaaaaaaa ! Machcha Dham I do not want die ! What 13 , what is that ??
    be friends !!!

    what about EEelam machachan …. Hhahah ………. please give some think , please no bomb please !

    Be Friends !!!

  6. lingamAndy Says:

    Dham machan
    FYI, We Tamils living in Mother Lanka have more than any Tamil living in other part of the World ( TN to Malayasia)
    1) eg: We have own CM in East (soon in North & than in upcountry)
    2) Tamil name board in almost every road in Sri lanka
    3) Tamil in Sri lankan currency & almost all application forms (include GOVT forms)
    4) We can buy land in any were in mother lanka ( if for sale next door of MR’s home)
    5) 13 is already law ( Police & land included ) which never will be amendated (even with 100% majority in parliment) as this was done by our big brother India !

    so you want to know why your demila sakotharaya is shooting for ?
    You want real answer machchan ?

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