own Crown Prince who'll never be King!
My Dear Crown Prince,
I thought I must write to you because the other Crown
Prince that we know of, Charles, married last week and that reminded
us that our own version was still the most eligible bachelor in
these parts of the world.
course, I am not for a moment suggesting that you run off and tie
the knot immediately. What prompts this letter is the fact that,
like Charles you appear destined to be the Crown Prince forever
and never the King!
do feel sorry for you, Crown prince. We do recall the eighties when
the Blues were reduced to eight seats in Parliament and your mother
was forced out of the House when Junius stripped her civic rights.
You were there, keeping the Blues alive and holding the fort when
everyone thought the Blues were politically dead forever.
all those long years Akka was of course making matters worse for
you because she was mesmerised by that actor chap who saw himself
as a third force in this two party system. And then, when the going
got tough for her, she got going to England, leaving you once again
to do battle with Junius's successor.
what amazes me, Crown Prince, is your ability to back the wrong
horse. After seventeen long years, just when the tide was to turn
in favour of the Blues you were lured in to the Green camp and sure
enough, they lost the election.
have now managed to get back to the ruling party but you now find
yourself upstaged by Mahinda who smiles at anything that moves and
makes the most of being a Prime Ministerial peon, hoping that he
can do what Preme did before him and become the next candidate after
Akka's two terms are over.
reaction, Crown Prince, is to cosy up to the sahodarayas and sing
their praises saying that your alliance cannot survive without them.
I am not an admirer of Akka's political wisdom, Crown Prince, but
when she says that the sahodarayas are slowly but surely trying
to erode the Blues' political base and become the alternative to
the Greens, she cannot be more correct. Why, she even told them
to get out if they want to and they haven't done that, have they?
know you think you could get them to support you in your battle
against Mahinda to become the next leader, but that might be too
high a price to pay. Akka got their support and they call her a
'bibikkama'; I am sure they will think of something more imaginative
if they fall out of favour with you!
about it, will you, while you spend this holiday season. As far
as we are concerned, it doesn't matter to us whether Akka, you or
Mahinda leads the Blues but we would like a strong and vibrant Blue
party to remain-and not be marooned by an invasion of Reds!
PS-I hear Rosmead Place is to be converted to a hotel and that Horagolla
has been declared a Wild Life Sanctuary. It seems appropriate that
the Prime Ministerial residence is up for grabs to the highest bidder,
but does it also mean that Bandaranaikes are an endangered species?
What would SWRD and the Queen Bee-who would have been eighty-nine
today-say to all this?