The public servants are up in arms over their permits getting cancelled, the doctors are getting ready for a token strike, the farmers are getting ready for a death fast, the bank employees union is getting ready to stage a walk out for banning banks from leasing business. Unions are totally against the ETF and EPF amalgamation. The reduction of the VAT threshold for small businesses has destroyed many of the small businesses and the lower middle class dream of owning a car is now a thing of the past.
Without increasing the taxes to a reasonable level Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha’s incompetent advisors (Ratwatte, Paskaralingam and Samarawickrama) are doing the same thing that they did in 2004, resulting in the then UNP government losing the election. The government is not even 3 months old. With all the benefits getting cut if the local elections are held early next year UNP will get mascaraed.
The trio wont mind because they were jobless anyway, they have nothing to lose. It is the poor supporters who were supporting the UNP for years in the hope of getting something who will get played out again.
Ratwatte got his brother who did no know anything about running an airline appointed as CEO. Paskaralingam is known in all circles as Prabath Nanayakara’s agent and Samarawickrama was doing big road deals with Rajapakse through his agent Jehan Amaratunga, who is now Chairman of People’s Insurance and Director People’s Bank. Samarawickrama is trying to appoint him as the next BOI Chairman. When many UNPers have not been given anything, leave alone a meeting with a minister.
Political Observers say the Prime Minister is on a suicidal mission, despite having spent nearly 12 years in opposition he has still not learnt the art of survival.
Good Governance Group