Mmm, frosting. On dirt. The Mahinda campaign rests on a series of wedge issues like Sinhala chauvinism and Buddhist supremecy. Like abortion or gay marriage, these issues affect like 1% of the population. However, they get people really excited. On real issues like cost of living or peace process, they have no comment. All they have to offer is hate – hating Christians, hating the West, hating Tamils, etc. On this website there are a few commenters going crazy over Christian Conversion. Conversions A) don’t really exist and B) aren’t an electoral issue. 1.5% of people in this poll rate ‘protecting my religion’ as a high priority, but that doesn’t stop this Australian guy from posting like 30 times a day. Like the abortion debate, people will go to the wall for these wedge issues, but they don’t really matter to the electorate at large.
What matter is Cost of Living and the Ethnic Conflict. On both counts Ranil has a record of delivering. Inflation dropped dramatically when he was PM and growth rose. He also created jobs and encourage investment. Here’s a leetle Flash presentation on the economic gains under Ranil. Click to go to the next slide.
On the ethnic issue he also signed the Cease-Fire Agreement and brought peace to Sri Lanka. He hobbled the LTTE to the point that they’ve now lost their hold in the East and peace alone led to a boom in Sri Lanka. Mahinda, however, has no record and no vision besides his own reflection. The JVP will point the way – to failed states like Burma and North Korea. These are the issues that matter to Sri Lankans, but a vocal minority will continue to rant and rave about non-existent Christian Conversions and getting Tamils and Muslims to eat it in a Sinhala/Buddhist state. However, the majority of Sri Lankans don’t care about these issues. They just want peace and prosperity. The Mahinda campaign doesn’t have answers on these issues, and neither do a lot of commenters on this blog. Real Sri Lankans suffer under the burden of poverty and war. All they can say is ‘Let them eat hate’.