Editorial

Delusion Unlimited!

Summary

It’s hard to think of anything more delusional than the UNP thinknig that it is positioned to un-delude.

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Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ruwan Wijewardene, has stated that his party will dialogue with the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) with a view to forging an election pact.

‘It’s for the sake of the country,’ Ruwan says.

Intention: Good.

True Intention? Well, securing some semblance of political relevance. That’s good too.
‘Sake of the country,’ he says. Now where have we heard that before? More pertinently, what else have we heard from all political parties, not just the UNP and SJB which are essentially twins separated rather late in the day with the latter getting most of the organs while the former got the skin — grotesque, both.

What’s more interesting however is that Ruwan’s comments followed a ‘program’ (yes, the UNP can still have such things!) in Ratnapura. It was an effort to reorganize the party. Good move, that. The theme is what takes the cake: ‘Mulaava paradavamu — Ek vee negitimu!’ (Let’s defeat the delusion, let’s rise together!).

It’s hard to think of anything more delusional than the UNP thinknig that it is positioned to un-delude. The UNP was. Past tense. It’s wallowed in a not so glorious past and envisaged a not so glorious future for Sri Lanka. When it had a hold on the present, it made things worse (note: those now in the SJB were party to all those crimes).

If, however, the determination to defeat delusion takes the form of deep self-reflection, one might say, ‘good first step!’

Good luck Ruwan!

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