The Sunday Leader Vs. Ranil Wickremasinghe

01/06/2010

The Sunday Leader, the self-proclaimed unbowed and unafraid newspaper known for yellow journalism since the beginning of time, is kneeling before Sajith Premadasa, causing him to groan with pleasure, as it ventilates its pent-up frustrations on the wretched state of the United National Party, and its leader, the biggest loser of all time in Sri Lankan politics, Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, on its pages. Or rather, Sajith Premadasa is crying out loud in pleasure as he’s having a threesome with The Sunday Leader’s Publisher/Chairman Lal Wickrematunge and Editor-in-Chief Frederica Jansz while Ranil, who’s known for voyeurism, is watching. However, since there’s no evidence to suggest he’s a masochist, we have to believe that he isn’t enjoying this…..
The first question that arises is why it took so long for The Sunday Leader to turn on Ranil. Was it in the spirit of democracy? Couldn’t be, since if that was the case, the decision to declare war on Ranil is an undemocratic one and The Sunday Leader cannot make such a decision especially since their office is a pilgrimage site to foreign journalists and NGO personnel. Or was it because the sexual insecurities of the newspaper’s management; more comfortable with a man whose testosterone level is equal to that of Hilary Clinton, than with a real man looking like a Gorilla with hair on his chest? Didn’t they see the fact that all the successful chicks in world politics were more dick than this guy Ranil? …..
But I think it’s just plain stupidity. Need Proof? Here’s something Frederica Jansz wrote in her editorial titled “What Matters Is the UNP Not Ranil” on May 30th, 2010. “An all powerful Executive President has now nearly succeeded in capturing a 2/3rd majority in Parliament. Never has such power been concentrated in one individual — his party and his family.” Is this ignorance or stupidity? It is stupidity, for only the stupid can forget how powerful J.R. Jayawardene (the most unpopular politician to ever win an election) was after his victory in 77…..
She writes “The oldest party in Sri Lanka has a duty to sit together and deliberate rationally the kind of leadership required to take the country and the party out of the woods. There will be many experienced members such as Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Dayasiri Jayasekera and Lakshman Seneviratne who can stake their claims. Premadasa could be one among many.” What is this but just plain stupidity? Of the first three, only Dayasiri Jayasekera has the popularity needed. Who is Dayasiri? Is he one of those rare breed of politicians with a great vision who would take Sri Lanka out of the woods? Or is he just one of the many who talk relentlessly without making any sense and with no substance whatsoever? Is this the man The Sunday Leader wants to be the UNP leader? …..
Here’s something funny. Jansz writes “Young Sajith Premadasa who has been fighting the Rajapaksa political machine almost single-handed is being mentioned for leadership.” Jansz writes as if Sajith has actually beaten the Rajapakses when he has never even come close to it. Really, what qualifications does Sajith have to be the party leader other than being the son of a former president and being the only one within the UNP who seems like an alternative (although not an alternative) to Ranil Wickremasinghe?
If The Sunday Leader wasn’t just plain stupid, it would’ve declared war on Ranil right after he lost the 2005 presidential election. Instead of doing that, it kept supporting him. It supported him during the CFA. It supported him after the CFA. It supported him when 18 UNP MPs left the UNP, it supported him a while after Mahinda crushed the LTTE, and now it’s trying to shoot Ranil dead, which is again the wrong decision. If there ever was an alternative to Ranil, it was Karu Jayasuriya right after the 2005 election. He was the perfect UNPer – a capitalist, an advocate of the free market and to a certain extent of liberal values, yet firmly a nationalist. Now they want Sajith to be the party leader, and they think he’d be able to be the president. This, according to what Jansz writes in her platitudinous editorial, is to save democracy in Sri Lanka. Yeah sure, especially when the sole reason for The Sunday Leader to believe that Sajith Premadasa could beat Mahinda Rajapakse is because it thinks Premadasa can out-Rajapakse the Rajapakses. Didn’t he support the war? Isn’t he a socialist? Isn’t he a nationalist, or doesn’t he pretend to be a nationalist? ….. Apparently,
Frederica Jansz is very good at mathematics. She writes “The last great UNP victory was in 1977 — 33 years ago. Eighteen years of continuous UNP rule…” Me, being terrible at maths, thought 1994 – 1977 = 17. How dumb I am. Frederica, I’m surprised that you still haven’t asked SB to come back, fight for the leadership and then be the president to save democracy in Sri Lanka.

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