The water supply has been suspended to basically all of Colombo – from Kotte to central to Mount Lavinia. I checked the taps and stuff is flowing for now but this sucks. The news isn’t reporting it directly, but the last source of oil pollution into the Kelani River was a Coca Cola factory there. They were the source of ...

The National List is an interesting quirk of our Constitution, that 29 members of Parliament are appointed by the parties – not directly elected. The National List exists to enable professionals, academics and other generally qualified people to enter Parliament. The best rationale I’ve seen is here. The Nationa List, however, also allows losing candidates to be appointed in. How? ...

So, the dust has settled and the results are in, including the preferential votes. The chairs are set and, for the most part, we know who’s sitting in them. So this election, who were the winners and losers? WINNERS Democracy Sri Lankan voters have been called dumb (by Sri Lankans) and many international media/people want to file us under basket-case/dictatorship, ...

The UNP Wins. Slowly It’s the morning after the election and things still aren’t entirely clear. I heard some crackers at 7:30 in the morning, but I think my neighbors were just tired of waiting. The streets are quite empty the morning after. Shops are closed, business is slow. It’s like Avurudu, the nonagathaya, when no one does any work or goes out. In ...

Watching The Election #GenElecSL Watching the election results, it’s tempting to see the thing as a contest, where someone ‘takes the lead’. But it doesn’t work like that. Results come in basically at random. Right now, for example, the UPFA is leading by about 40k, but the margin last election in Colombo was 160k. This thing will be swayed dramatically when Western and Central ...

The biggest electorate in Sri Lanka is actually unelected. The National List seats 29 MPs, 10 more than the Colombo District. If you break it down by Provinces, the National List would be the second biggest Province in Sri Lanka, less than the Western Province (47 seats) but more than the Southern (25 each). That’s why President (and party Chairman) ...

These are the people that I’m going to vote for on Monday. My main criteria are 1) do I think they’re good people 2) do I think they’re smart and 3) do I think could effectively yell at them if they’re messing up. Basically decency, intelligence and accountability. Harsha De Silva (21) Harsha was actually one of the first people ...

What did the five fingers say to the face? SLAP. … President Maithripala Sirisena hasn’t spoken much this election, but he’s made it count. It doesn’t get any clearer than this: “From the private conversations that you [Mahinda Rajapaksa] have been having with our party members, it is clear that you are still spewing hatred and anger and you are ...

Sri Lanka is blessed with the first President to ever give up power, but it’s easy to forget that other politicians are not like him. We have to keep an eye on them. Even the UNP, undoubtably the good guys compared to Mahinda’s mafia crew, need to be kept in line. Good governance wise, they kinda shit the bed with ...

If you hire someone, they shouldn’t steal from you, or break the law. At a minimum. Why don’t we expect the same from our politicians? Why do we have the lowest standards for the highest positions? Recently the March 12 Movement collected hundreds of thousands of signatures – including those of President Sirisena and all major party leaders – on ...

There’s no way in hell I’m voting for the UPFA this time, because Mahinda is there. In case you’d forgotten, this is what Mahinda means: Mahinda everywhere: I’d almost forgotten, but Mahinda used to plaster his face everywhere. During the Presidential election you literally could not go 100 meters without seeing his face. It’s just arrogant and gross and speaks ...

How The Country Feels, Pre-Election I just read an interesting report from the Social Scientists Association. They polled 1,500 people across Sri Lanka on a variety of issues, from how they felt about the economy to the ethnic issue to the current government. It’s a short, well-presented report. What I’ll do is compare what the main parties are running on (IMHO) and how that compares ...

What Was Maithri Thinking? In Westeros, you win or you die. In Sri Lanka they don’t cut off your head, but you can definitely end up in exile. Ask Srimavo B, or Sarath Fonseka. Maithripala Sirisena, however, did not exile Mahinda Rajapaksa – the biggest and most dangerous loser on the island. He even gave him nominations in the General Election. Why? What was he thinking? The only ...

We have now reached the logical conclusion of the cross-over era, where all the party colors have mixed into brown. The After Party In this post-party era (the After Party if you will), the only significant differences are personalities. The SLFP is officially headed by Maithripala – who is a wonderful, unifying personality – but in practice they tend to vote ...

America legalized gay marriage today, in a historic ruling. God bless them. Why is gay marriage good for everyone? Just read this beautiful paragraph from Justice Anthony Kennedy: No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once ...

For all the contention over whether Mahinda will run for Prime Minister, there already is an SLFP candidate, by default. Nimal Siripala De Silva. While I’ve heard the gentleman from Badulla is intelligent, I’ve often seen photos of him asleep at various functions. Under Mahinda, that was an essential qualification for being Prime Minister, but these current times might require ...

Sri Lanka is having a really bad case of H1N1 swine flu that has killed 24 people so far. I’m wondering why more people aren’t worried about this. I’ve heard of a young mother being killed not much older than me, and the sickness has claimed 8 pregnant women so far. In my office, two people have the flu and ...

Sri Lanka is having a really bad case of H1N1 swine flu that has killed 24 people so far. I’m wondering why more people aren’t worried about this. I’ve heard of a young mother being killed not much older than me, and the sickness has claimed 8 pregnant women so far. In my office, two people have the flu and ...

Fazl Muhammed Nizar has been asking if women should be blamed for rape. Now he stands accused of rape and abuse himself. I know the accuser Ashwini and personally think she’s very brave for coming out. Rape is a crime and guilt should be determined in court, so I can’t judge what the author Mr. Nizar has done. I can ...

Today is a strange anniversary. It’s like a birth and a death. On this day Vellupilai Prabhakaran was killed, ending nearly 30 years of a terrorism in Sri Lanka. He took thousands of civilian hostages to try and save his cause but it didn’t work. The Sri Lankan military eliminated him and the LTTE while suffering great losses. Contrary to ...

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