Senior Minister on Conspiracy Affairs? -Editorial

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The experience we had so far was the Sri Lanka cricket team coming into the final with the parallel of jacking up of commodity prices. But this time it was different.
The Sri Lankan cricket team played the final of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup last Sunday and the Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) was assaulted by four unidentified goons on the same day and was admitted to hospital.

 It seems that the parameters have changed; from hiking petroleum prices to attacks on the Judiciary. What a steep progress for a small island like us!
 It was not so long ago the assaulted JSC Secretary went public saying that the Judiciary was pressurised by the Executive when it tried to keep its independence. Of course, the Executive right away refuted the charges.

According to Police Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana the attack could be an organised attempt by people with vested interests to create a clash between the Judiciary and the Executive. No argument that he has his right of expression. But as the law says it should be proved beyond reasonable doubt.

 When something terrible happens challenging the rule of law of the country, it has been the traditional practice of the government and the police force to blame it on conspirators, either foreign or local aided by western powers.

It has always been the easy way out. It appeals to the gullible public who are fed with information and news by state media.

 With the attack on the JSC Secretary, musings have been going on about a Pakistan type judicial activism that finally led to the firing of the Prime Minister.

It would be interesting to find out who are the people spreading these ideas. We are sure it is not any branch of the judiciary but the elements within the government. What for, a naïve ordinary man would ask. To create a public opinion that the whole thing is a drama created by the Judiciary to topple or unsettle the government.
 We saw the same thing happening with the trade union action led by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA). Finally all their demands pertaining to salary hikes and better allocation of the GDP for education were belittled to an attempt to topple the government.

 In fact, given the rate of conspiracies against Sri Lanka, the government can really afford to appoint a Senior Minister on Conspiracy Affairs!
Thus, it is clear that if the government really wants  to address the issues pertaining to the  rule of law and good governance that have always set a fertile ground for democracy to thrive, they need to get rid of all the bluffing and the cheap acts.

Otherwise who knows? The ‘goni billas’ the government propaganda machinery spreads, such as ‘judicial activism’ and ‘academic spring’ could become realities.
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  • jay gunasekara Wednesday, 10 October 2012 06:13 PM

    I have a candidate for the minister conspiracy affaires, It is the drummer boy gonwansa.the bird brained ex JVPer.


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