and lessons in these conference days
Failure and success the two
impostors were doing overtime last week. One was at the PA press
conference. Which one he was - failure or success - there are no
prizes for guessing.
to say that Lakshman Kadirgamar was saying that he hasn't glanced
at an English dictionary for ages. "After a long long time
I referred one this week'' -- he said, his voice rising to a high
register, "to make sure of the meaning of the word 'plenary'.''
While he was
at it he might have looked up the word hubris. The hubris went down
a notch when he was asked whether it is possible the opposition
waited until Ranil Wickremesinghe was out of the country to launch
their putsch. "Didn't the opposition have the guts to do it
while he was in the country?'' he was asked.
There was no
country-roads-take-me-home answer for that one. It was just a one
sentence comeback. "No it had nothing to do with his being
out of the country -- next question.'' Tune into Temple Trees.
The press conference
there is as dreary as the weather that day. Ten Ministers line up
along the auditorium wall, all looking as if they were from the
undertakers association at the wake of Mr Sourberry. And Mr Choksy
could well have been able to go before that mirror and ask 'so,
who is the sourest of them all?''
Out of the
ten Ministers lined up against the wall a very few spoke and when
they did, it was as if to say please put us out of our misery --
particularly when they all kept saying that "whatever that's
being done will be within the constitutional process.''
the week, it has been another press conference in Kilinochchi, with
Thamilselvan doing the honours. That of course was before the drama
had properly begun, and Mr Hubris and Mr Sourberry had all come
on the stage. Now they can all get together and celebrate the land
of expressive press conferences.
What if it
was mandated that expressions and sentiments at press conferences
were required by law to be synched, to match perfectly? Would Mr
Kadirgamar look up the word sovereignty in the dictionary? Probably
he would be looking for other ways to say "I am so pleased
we are back on the road to power, that the Shorter Oxford would
have to invent a whole new word for that condition.'' As for putting
on a brave front, the UNF ten had neither the braves nor the front.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, pummelled by jet lag, managed to put on a
to Ranil on his way to Colombo. He almost lost his job, and on his
return he sees all those faces have changed. Bubbly faces look forlorn.
Drawn faces of two weeks ago now look glowing -- and miraculously,
they beam from State television or photographs in Lake House papers.
This is not
the bookish time Ranil's father was at Lake House either. Now, the
Lake House has something hallowed about it, like the sacred scripts.
It workings are an eloquent testament to the impermanence of all