Why shuffle a pack of knaves?
Posted on February 23rd, 2018

A fortnight of jiggery-pokery in politics has now led to big talk about a Cabinet reshuffle.

Can any shuffling of this set of politically crooked persons engaged in bad government bring anything good for the people? The two weeks of a power struggle within a hugely skewed team in government, and the pretense of an attempted power grab by the suddenly booming team of the continuing scoundrels in politics, and a government that could hardly bring any benefits to the people.

The proposed shuffle is a move by the President, who leads this pack of knaves, to show he is not out of the reigning knavery in this largely defeated democracy.


This pack has everything from hearts that cheat the people, diamonds that hoodwink the voters, spades that shovel the dirt of corruption, and clubs that beat the people to dirty profit, with kings, queens, and knaves or jacks of these four types. Of course, there are jokers too – those who believe the people are meant o be fooled.

What can this pack ever achieve, however much it is shuffled? In the three years since they were elected by the people, after the election of the President, they have hugely ignored the promise given to the people to fight corruption – which was the slogan of their victory, over the crooked of the past. In fact, what they did was kicking that pledge away from their stuff of governance.

Yes, there was an amendment to the Constitution, which broke the plans of the former Big Man to be in office for decades, like some of those governing knaves in Africa. The Presidency was given a shorter term. There are more signals being sent that the President does not really know the meaning of the changes he introduced, when the heat of victory was still pushing him into action. The achievements were wholly limited. The pledge to fight the clan of the earlier robbers was largely ignored.

The Greens in the pack – the UNPrincipled, UNParliamentary, UNProgressive etc – as one left-wing leaflet in the mid-1940s described them, were proved correct in full measure. The PM persuaded the President to appoint a Master Knave on crooked banking to head the Central Bank. And the Greens can hardly look clean after that.

Of course, they had loads of other dirt too, in how the National Carrier – SriLankan -was hugely mismanaged through crooked relations and dirty manipulations. They had their “Hoaxwagen” fraud hugely exposed, and their Finance Ministerial Knave did help manipulate the Bond Scam and also profited by way of millions in Perpetual Rent for his luxury penthouse, in a mastery of ignorance. And, we can certainly ask today whether success in the production of soap with Kohomba fragrance, was any qualification for a High Commissioner to the United Kingdom?

But the Blue Knavery, promoted by the Big Knave was also the stuff of the hugely crooked. The key knaves in that team won the election, but made the leap to the profits and perks of ministerial knavery. Several of them were in fact beaten by the voters, but crept into Parliament through a dirty twist to the National List. They were the rouges of the past, joining a new team of pretended Good Governance, to ensure the roguery of the past would continue.

They were doing a Dance of the Blue Knaves, in a mock performance to help the Big Knave, but their dance brought no results.

But their knavery was displayed from the start in nepotism – of brotherly appointments, the deliberate delays in probes into the crooks of the knaves of yesterday, the protection of big knaves of the past, the manipulations to prevent arrests and the call to the court of the uniformed knaves of the past. Their striking knavery was to never let the probes into the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunga, and the missing Prageeth Eknaligoda to continue as they should have.

The new performance they did after the recent election, to make a leap into the camp of the Crooks of the Past, whose flower bud was blooming, was also a dance that failed to deliver.

This is the mockery that politics and governance are facing today. The shuffling of this pack of knaves, crooks, cheats, fraudsters, and political scoundrels can bring no benefit to the people and the country. The Big Knaves can make noises about a coming re-shuffle. They are now divided in the politics of the crooked, but united in the cheating of the people.

The re-shuffle may come, and the knavery would continue.

One Response to “Why shuffle a pack of knaves?”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oh My God, CHIEF THIEF Ranil Wikunanasinghe appoints himself as the LAW & ORDER Minister, so he can PREVENT ANY INVESTIGATION that IDENTIFIES him as the Mastermind behind the Bond Scam!

    The FOX is now RUNNING the proverbial HEN HOUSE!

    To put it BLUNTLY, Sri Lanka is TOTALLY SCREWED! Excuse’ moi mon AMI!
    Sri Lanka Prime Minister appointed as Law and Order Minister
    Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 12:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Feb 25, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the Minister of Law and Order during the unity government’s second cabinet reshuffle today.

    The Prime Minister will also function as the Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs.

    Minister Sagala Ratnayake who was the Law and Order Minister before has been appointed as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development.

    Minister Harin Fernando was given the ministerial portfolio of Foreign Employment in addition to his Digital Infrastructure Ministry.

    Handing out the new appointments President Maithripala Sirisena expressed hope that the changes will serve the people better.

    “I congratulate the newly appointed Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers. These changes as well as those soon to be made on the UPFA side of the government will strengthen us to better serve our people,” he said in a Twitter post.

    Following are some of the new cabinet assignments:

    Ravindra Samaraweera- Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife
    Sagala Ratnayake – Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development
    Lakshman Kiriella – State Enterprise and Kandurata Development
    Kabir Hashim – Minister of Higher Education and Highways
    Harin Fernando – Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Minister of Foreign Employment
    Ajith P. Perera – Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister
    Piyasena Gamage – State Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development
    J. C. Alawathuwala- Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
    Dr. Harsha de Silva – State Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs

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