The UNP has lost everything except Colombo. I volunteered for the UPFA candidate Milinda Moragoda, and this sucks. I think he had a better plan. We tried and failed.
The center held. Before I thought it was the UNP’s to lose, and it turned out to be true. Last night tho, as they were getting hammered everywhere else, I thought it would happen in Colombo as well.
This overall hammering didn’t make me happy. It showed how weak the opposition has become, largely through the machinations of one stubborn man, Ranil. I did, however, want them to lose Colombo, cause I thought Milinda could have done something really cool.
Neighborhood committees, digitally empowered, collecting data, solving problems, man. But people voted for the old party, tho there’s little they can do.
Why did Milinda lose? Partly history. Colombo has been UNP for 50 years. Also because he didn’t muscle thru, he didn’t use posters or massive rallies and ran a cerebral, intelligent campaign.
By contrast, thugs like Duminda Silva shot people and got shot in the head, but still organized Kolonnawa enough to win. Perhaps cerebral politics doesn’t work, perhaps it was too soon, or perhaps it just wasn’t what people wanted. It was worth a try.
I wish the new UNP administration well and hope that they can develop Colombo to its potential. I took a lot of flak for supporting a government candidate, but in the end we must be the only people to ‘cross’ and get nothing for it :).
Perhaps because I didn’t cross in the sense of gain. I liked the man, I liked the plan, I volunteered my time and I voted. That’s democracy. Sometimes you try and sometimes you fail. I guess it’s better than getting shot in the face.