PM’S lament

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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 leg­is­la­­cause 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

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