blue? Then get some tips from the Green Man
My Dear Satellite,
I thought I must write to you, especially because so few people
must be writing to you these days, now that you are no longer at
the helm. The only letters you get, I suppose, are letters from
the registrars of the courts of law, summoning you for this, that
and the other!
of course, Satellite we all know that is the way it is when you
are out of power and out of place which is what you are now. And
I am sure you must be wondering how unfair all this is.
here you are, the leader who revived the Blues, led them to so many
election victories and led the country through eleven long years
though of course nothing much happened during that time-and now
they are trying to not only to discard you but also to discredit
you, all for a little piece of land in a village called Madiwela!
just look at the other side, the Greens, and what do you see? There
is the Green Man whose lifetime ambition it is to become the country's
longest serving Leader of the Opposition. He has led the greens
to more election defeats than John Kotelawela and Dudley Senanayake
put together but just last week he survived yet another attempt
to kill him off politically.
course he may not know how to smile at crowds or wave at them but
you have to concede, Satellite, that the man is a master when he
comes to survival within his own party. If memory serves me right,
they tried to get rid of him when he lost in '99 too, but not only
did he survive, he also returned as Prime Minister two years later
to give you headache after headache.
that to the treatment you get from your own ranks for getting the
Blues to where they are now: your cheques are withheld, your security
is compromised, they are querying the need for you to have an official
residence in Colombo and now they are asking you to appear in Court
you should get yourself a good lawyer, Satellite- perhaps that Choksy
chap who has been hired by the kasippu and beedi companies to defend
their 'right' to ply their trades anywhere they want. Tell those
who are summoning you that the land deal was approved by the then
Cabinet where you-know-who was Prime Minister and that should silence
them, at least for a while…
But as you well know, Satellite, the law works in mysterious ways
in this country. There you were, a decade ago charging everyone
with criminal defamation and here you are now, receiving summons
yourselves. Being the good Buddhist that you are I am sure you will
call it 'karumey' and not worry too much about it.
course, Satellite, even 'karumey' works in funny ways in this country.
For instance, there is your former lieutenant, SB, still spending
his time behind the bars of Merchant Ward for calling the law an
ass. Then there is your worthy relative, Colonel Maama and his offspring
walking free after being accused of conspiracy to murder, because
of what is politely called "lack of evidence"…
So, Satellite, if I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about all
these summons coming your way. Remember, you are still the leader
of the Blues, even though you couldn't get your man appointed to
Parliament for Kadir's seat. The party leadership is one thing that
you should hold on to-if you have any doubts about that, just ask
the Green Man!
PS- And don't worry too much about your place in history either,
just because you did nothing for the country during your eleven
years at the top. After all, history tells us that we in this country
appreciate the true worth of a President, only after a few years
of his or her successor being in office. And that's generally true
of everyone since JRJ, isn't it? So, who knows, after a few years
of MR, there may still come a time when people may actually want