The Fifth Column

24th August 1997

Full tosses for satellite

" Thaaththa" Bindu Udagedara asked , "why did they release Sirisena Cooray?"

"That was a Supreme Court decision, Bindu , Percy Udagedara said.

"But didn't they say he was plotting to harm Satellite.."

"But the Supreme Court apparently thought that was not a convincing story..."

"So thaaththa, was Satellite happy with the verdict?"

"Well" said Percy , "there isn't much she could do about it, even if she was unhappy..."

"Why do you say that?"

"Because she always says that she will respect the decision of the Court; and besides, there are other things for her to be unhappy about...'' Percy said.

"What are those thaaththa?"

"Why, Bindu, her MPs were absent from Parliament and they had to adjourn sittings..."

"But thaaththa," Bindu asked , "aren't they paid for attending Parliament?"

"Yes, they are..."

"Then, why do they keep away from sittings?"

"Probably they are not paid enough; they must be busy somewhere else..."

"Or maybe they had all gone to see Satellite..."

"Why, what for?"

"Why, they said that she was not feeling quite well and having a headache. That is why she couldn't even meet Susanthika just after she returned..."

"I would be surprised if Satellite didn't get a headache..."

"Why do you say that, thaaththa?"

"Why, with people like G.L , S.B. and C.V. in your Cabinet, who wouldn't get a headache?"

"But thaaththa, she didn't show any signs of a headache during that interview..."

"Ah, that interview to mark her third anniversary? That was like Chauhan bowling to Sanath Jayasuriya..."

"Why do you say that thaaththa?"

"Why she was hitting sixes to everything that was thrown at her..."

"But thaaththa" Bindu asked, "then why is Mangala offering Ranil a similar interview with the same kind of publicity?"

"For two reasons," Percy said.

"What's that?".

"Firstly, he wants to show the rest of the world that he is very fair and unbiased..."

"The other reason?"

"And, more importantly, he hopes that Ranil will make a mess of the interview as much as Satellite did..."

Bindu didn't disagree.

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