Please be prepared to watch the display of Karate antics and many more Bank robbery dramas and circuses by 8968 “People’s Representatives” inside 351 Monkey cages in 2018 and thereafter, at National, Provincial, Town and Village levels.
Posted on January 13th, 2018

Sudath Gunasekara


                          Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage”.  H L MENCKEN”

(Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the “Sage of Baltimore”, he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. He commented widely).

In the above heading the Monkey Cage” he refers to” is the Parliament. He also has called the proceedings of the House to a circus.

Looking at yesterday’s stupid brawl in Parliament one is surprised as to how wonderfully MENCKEN has foreseen the Sri Lankan Parliament. In this context one wonders whether we can call it the supreme legislative body of the nation any more.

The whole rumpus is attributed by many to the fault of the Speaker who deviated from the main agenda of the day. Firstly by not tabling the CB Commission Report as agreed upon at the Heads of Parties in the previous day and secondly by allowing the Prime Minister to make an ad hock silly statement where he was talking on a subject completely outside the agenda fixed for the day. You don’t need to be a parliamentarian with 47 year experience to understand that this is wrong and it clearly violates the Parliamentary procedure. Finally the way he danced on the floor of this august assembly ‘shouting Kavuda Hora, Kavuda Hora and Kavuda Hora’ has reduced him to a third grade clown on the Maradana pavement. Behold! This is the Prime minister of this country!

Now you see the appropriateness of what Mencken said years ago about the Parliament and its members?

I am sure millions of voters who have taken the pain to stand on long queues for hours to elect these people to Parliament expect much more from them.

I am lost to understand as to why we pay millions and billions to maintain a set of clowns like this. If this is how the National Parliament discharges its functions one can imagine how things happen in Provincial councils, MCC, UCC and Preadesiya Sabhas all over the country at the lower levels, packed with men and women with even lesser attainments and more notorious records. Also think of the 4000 odd additional members elected this time to the Local Government bodies. I remember the President once saying that he doesn’t like this100% increase. If so why did he not object it in the Cabinet? Mr President You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time (Dec 11, 2013 Abram Lincoln) I hope you will realize this at the forthcoming Local bodies Elections.

Any way we can watch how 351 Monkey cages at National, Provincial, Town and Village levels (1Parliament 9 Provincial Councils and 341 local authorities (MCC, UCC and Pradesiya Sabhas) in the periphery) with 225 (1 P), nearly 450 (9 PCC) and 8,293 (341 LGC) members will display their Karate antics in the near future inside these monkey cages, at the expense of the tax payers money with no service to people or the country, within the framework of a new genre of democracy which I would like to define as Government by the politicians, for the politician and of the politicians” and may be termed Sri Lanka democracy. This they will of cause call yahapalanaya

3 Responses to “Please be prepared to watch the display of Karate antics and many more Bank robbery dramas and circuses by 8968 “People’s Representatives” inside 351 Monkey cages in 2018 and thereafter, at National, Provincial, Town and Village levels.”

  1. Christie Says:

    It is Indian puppets in a cage in our country.

  2. ranjit Says:

    Very interesting article Sudath. When ever monkey’s gather in the monkey cage there is always some funny dancing and funny slogans can be seen for the spectators to enjoy. 225 monkeys who gather there meant to serve the public but when they go in they serves themselves ignoring problems and issues of the poor masses. Clowns in the circus makes us laugh but the actions of these monkeys makes us angry because they utter all lies. I haven’t seen a spineless, weak speaker of the house like the current speaker in my life. He is so weak and one sided. Speaker shouldn’t be like that way. He should not waver but stand tall and take decisions as he is the boss in the cage. Sirisena, Ranil and this guy brings us shame in front of the eyes of the world. This Sanhindiyawa won’t work. They should resign and leave without taking our blessed country backwards. Time has come for the citizens to act. We need to put them in a different cage with iron bars on it for their lies and crimes against humanity. Srilanka parliament is beautiful but the monkeys inside are ugly.

  3. Nihal Perera Says:

    It is the fault of the naïve and ignorant voters who keep electing these monkeys over and over, without thinking about the consequences. The current corrupted political culture of SL will never change, as long as Lankans keep voting like idiots for the same bunch of conniving, self-serving, politicians, regardless of which political party they are from.

    I only hope the younger generation of voters will think differently, and have the wisdom and foresights to get rid of deadwood politicians like RW, Sirisena, Mangala, etc. Otherwise, there is no hope for the future of the country – sadly.

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