deal: Who's taking whom for a ride?
My Dear Green Man,
I thought I must write to you soon,
before you take off on yet another overseas trip to
attend a seminar or meet some important person, but
the real reason I am writing to you is to inquire about
your new found love for Mahinda maama.
It was indeed surprising to see those
pictures of all of you smiling for the cameras and claiming
that you have reached what you call a 'historic' agreement.
It was even more surprising to hear that the Greens
had been offered Cabinet posts, but you weren't telling
us whether you had accepted that offer or not!
We have all heard the old saying about
having no permanent friends or permanent enemies in
politics, only permanent interests, but Green Man it
must be said that this latest move is still a shock
to a lot of people.
There are those who say that you are
taking Mahinda maama for a ride by promising your support
so generously without even the Premiership in return.
They say that you will promise him the sun, moon and
the stars-or G.L., S.B. and Milinda -- only to back
out at the last moment leaving him rather embarrassed.
Then there are others who say you
are killing two birds with one stone by getting some
plum jobs for your people while at the same time ensuring
that those who are clamouring for your ouster in the
Green party are kept happy, at least for the moment.
But we all know that it may well be
Mahinda maama who is taking you for a ride because after
he gets some Greens into his Cabinet, especially the
professorial types who were Blue to start with, they
are likely to desert you and weaken your team at the
time of the next elections, ensuring that you will be
the longest serving 'Vipaksha Naayakathumaa'…
What seems to be certain though is
that at the end of all this, the rathu sahodarayaas
have been left high and dry. To be fair though, Mahinda
maama gave them every chance of joining the government
but they were playing hard to get and now they have
to pay the price for that.
But Green Man, I must say that we
are all impressed with Mahinda maama's handling of this
delicate situation. If you thought Satellite was a handful,
Mahinda maama is proving a harder nut to crack, what
with his beaming smile and pat-on-the-back style.
Indeed, there are quite a lot of well-meaning
people who believe that Mahinda maama as the boss and
you as his second in command may be quite a reasonable
option for this long suffering country of ours, but
I think that is wishful thinking, as long as each camp
has its own agenda and is adamant on retaining absolute
control over everything.
Let us face it, Green Man. All this
talk about a 'historic agreement' makes for catchy headlines
and even more appealing photo opportunities, but isn't
this all about ensuring some hold on power for some
people all of the time?
If you can convince us that it is
not about that, maybe this agreement will be worth the
paper it is written on. But, with the likes of the learned
professor in your ranks, I am not quite sure you would
be able to do that…
PS-There is also something else that
worries me about this 'historic' agreement, Green Man.
For over fifty years since independence, perhaps we
haven't had the best of governments but at least we
have had a reasonable Opposition. Now, if this agreement
becomes a reality, there is a chance that the next Leader
of the Opposition might be our Weerawansa sahodaraya.
And we shouldn't embarrass him by asking 'For Whom the
Bell Tolls' because he may not know who wrote that either!