Actual Law Vs. Ours

PM and Chris Huhne

The British PM and then Energy Secretary Chris Huhne walking to the Energy office. Strange country.

Sri Lankan law is loosely based on British law, with the big difference being that we don’t follow it. Sri Lankan government officials and their relatives are effectively above the law, free to commit crimes as far as rape and murder. In one example, sitting MP Duminda Silva previously dodged charges of statutory rape and now murder. Even lower level government officials have gotten away with murder (Re: Tangalle) and political sons have an open license to beat people up.

Compare that to Britain. A Cabinet Minister resigned and is now going to serve jail time for a much more minor offense – lying about who was driving a car to avoid speeding points. In a divorce gone terribly and publicly wrong, the once powerful Chris Huhne was shown to be just another citizen under the law, one who couldn’t lie to get away with a crime, even an exceedingly minor one.

Compare that to here, where rape and violence abound and the laws simply don’t apply to the connected. We should be ashamed.

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2013-03-12 12:57:19

RT @indica: Actual Law Vs. Ours: British MP gets canned for lying about speeding. Here they get away with murder. Literally

2013-03-12 13:14:15

RT @indica: Actual Law Vs. Ours: British MP gets canned for lying about speeding. Here they get away with murder. Literally

2013-03-12 13:18:10

Spot on Indi. We should all be ashamed for electing these goons. Tbe parliament is full of thugs and criminals (with the exceptions of people with integrity like Sumanthiran, Harsha de silva, etc)

2013-03-12 13:56:36

Sigh. It’s this that makes us miss living outside Sri Lanka.

jc nars
2013-03-12 20:48:50

Nail on the head.
A country that could’ve gone on to fulfill its promise of a beautiful land on earth is now a fucking banana republic.

Rahul Dravid once said that managing failure is a lot easier than managing success…how true

2013-03-13 05:14:43

You need to have a leader with morals.

The difference is that David Cameron (British PM) has morals.

“In a speech to celebrate the 400th birthday of the King James Bible, he said the New Testament had helped give our country “a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today.”

2013-03-13 16:22:28

A country that raped, looted and killed millions all across the world?

2013-03-14 20:26:09

yes, hundreds of years ago, whereas we seem to be only now entering that stage… curious, no?

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2013-03-14 20:42:07

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, World War I and World War II were “hundreds of years ago”?

2013-03-13 22:53:14

So he doesn’t think the old testament is the word of god?

2013-03-13 10:59:28

In Britain…there’s a group of people called the “Roayl family”…who are above the law. :D

2013-03-14 18:45:57

Huhne was just unlucky.

The way for a British minister to escape conviction for a speeding fine is to get his driver to take the responsibility and blame a ‘terrorist threat.’ That’s how Jack Straw, Home Secretary did it. I reckon his cunning stunt qualifies him for a position as a Sri Lankan politician.

But, having said that, at least UK politicians live in fear of the law, as opposed to SL where the law lives in fear of politicians.

2013-03-14 23:26:55

Huhne was a political threat and disposed of. Britain is as, if not more corrupt, than Sri Lanka. Its just more organized and much less obvious. The british establishment are master tacticians. There you are either establishment old boys network or not. The former is above the law, no question, ample evidence.

2013-03-19 17:39:12

Sri Lankan law is based on Roman Dutch law and women’s property rights were not too great under those laws.
See post Roman Dutch Law and Womens Property Rights: Caroline Corner 1908

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