Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has lamented the deterioration of parliamentary standards. Speaking at a school function, in Karandeniya, the other day, he said Parliament did not set an example to children who were the country’s future. He must have struck a responsive chord with the people who are appalled by their MPS’ misconduct. What is this world coming to when the Speaker fears for his safety in Parliament and has to come into the Chamber with police escorts? Those who went berserk and attacked a group of unarmed police personnel and damaged the property of Parliament in the aftermath of the 26 Oct government change must be brought to justice without further delay. That some of the Speaker’s rulings were not acceptable to the culprits cannot be cited in extenuation of the offences they committed. Deterrent punishment is called for.
Nobody will accuse Wickremesinghe or any other political leader of misconduct in Parliament...they only launch into occasional diatribes against their opponents and the media. But they cannot absolve themselves of the responsibility for the sorry state of affairs at the national legislature...because they do not seem to give two hoots about their members’ misconduct. Garbage in, garbage out! The troublemakers in the House did not contest the last general election as independent candidates; they were fielded by the UNP and the SLFP and their coalition partners. The problem is best tackled at source, we reckon. Denying rowdies nominations is half the battle in cleaning the Augean Stables that are the legislature.
The Island, Sri Lanka