did it and now Satellite can have the cake and eat it too!
My Dear Somawansa,
I thought I must write to you in these controversial times when
we see and hear a lot about you, although not so much over the state
I must say that for all your threats of leaving the government,
no one really believed you until you finally did it-there were many
who thought that you would perhaps relinquish just the cabinet portfolios
and cling on to the saree pota.
am sure you won some admirers by sticking to your decision but then,
so did Satellite because the lady did not yield despite all your
threats and the added disadvantage of losing her Parliamentary majority.
am sure your ex- cabinet ministers must be finding life a little
hard now, even though they pretend they are happier giving up their
little luxuries. But then, the top people in your party never took
up Cabinet office-perhaps because they always knew it was going
to be a short honeymoon with the Alliance.
What is more interesting however is what happens next. You have
reportedly said that a new era will dawn soon but I can’t
see any of that happening in the near future, especially for the
long suffering masses.
is clear that the Greens don’t want to topple the government
because the people are not sufficiently disgusted with the Alliance
to throw them out just yet. You too have merely said that you will
sit in the Opposition but there has been no talk of toppling governments
and forming your own.
Somawansa, it does look like Satellite can have the cake and eat
it too. She gets rid of the rabble rousers in her Cabinet and none
of the major opposition parties can muster enough support to get
rid of her minority coalition. Not unless you get your good friends
such as Mangala to defect from the Blue camp, anyway!
course you have learnt that in politics there are no permanent friends
or permanent enemies, only permanent interests which is why you
are now openly supporting Mahinda for the top job when just one
year ago he was actively canvassing against an alliance between
the Blues and the Reds.
So, when you say that Satellite will be the last from Bee family
to hold the top job, one cannot help feeling a little bit sorry
for the Crown Prince who was the main driving force behind the formation
of the Alliance at the last election. But then, being on the losing
side is his hallmark; he must be used to it by now…
So, Somawansa, we will all watch you with interest in the coming
weeks. But you will do well to remember that the people don’t
care whether you join the Blues or the Greens; they just know that
the cost of living was sky high even when their sahodarayas ran
PS- Dear departed JRJ must be having a hearty laugh from wherever
he is. His decision to release your comrades from prison nearly
thirty years ago is finally paying dividends-you are splitting the
Blues like no one had ever done before!