New Parliament, and it’s inherent divide.
There are now literally Ministries for every member of the government. There are 105 government MPs, and there are 105 Ministers. Everyone in Parliament has been paid off with a Pajero. Or six. Mahinda recently passed a bill approving a 657 million rupee ($6.57 million) bribe for Karu Jaysuriya, Milinda Moragoda, GL Peiris, etc. There are now 105 Ministers. The bill passed with 107 votes. So there are two guys voting their, er, conscience. The other 105 are voting their paycheck. As a brief interlude, you corrupt fucking bastards I’m filling your jeep with every liter I buy. Ahem. Now, Sri Lanka is in a situation where almost half of its 225 MPs are Ministers. I think we’ve gone too far down this road to return to sane government. We need to just make everyone a Minister and get it over with.
Also know as the feeding trough of the well connected. There are 225 Members of Parliament. They’re generally divided into the Government and Opposition. The President picks a few to have close meetings and decide policy with. A Cabinet. Note that the word is ‘Cabinet’ and not ‘Walk In Closet’ or ‘Yala National Park’. The Sri Lankan Constitution just says that the Cabinet should be decided by the President, so of course he will appoint everyone he wants to keep loyal.
That’s why everyone in the government is now a Minister. It’s a natural decision for someone behaving in a pure economic sense and not as say, a man of integrity, leadership and respect in using the Peoples money. My money, your money, the money that drives your buses, buys you milk powder, and puts petrol in your bike, trishaw, or car. For every 100 Rs you pay in Tax – 54 goes to pay government salaries (LBO). Including the supposed public servants at the top.
Public servants should serve. A nation at war should save, control inflation, keep the economy going. Not pay off itself with titles, automobiles and cash. Or to put it in French, you corrupt, greedy pigs. We’re fighting a war, don’t have proper airplanes, and you’re recruiting 50,000 of our boys to sacrifice their youth (Daily Mirror)? This is how you lead? You’re asking the youth to eat Maggi noodles, man lonely checkpoints and leave their families while you shop for new cars? Lead by example, tighten your belts and take the fucking bus to work like everybody else. You’re like a mafia full of fucking captains. Get some foot soldiers and rob people in a decent manner.
No one is going to give up this power once they have it, so the only solution is to make everyone in Parliament a Minister. All 225 of them get a title – and they all get an across the board benefits cut. Give them a reconditioned Toyota Corolla, 150 Liters of Petrol and tell them take the bus if they come up short. And give them a living cash wage, like 75,000. Right now they’re drawing a nominal salary and bleeding us dry through corruption and official Mercedez Benzes. Just pay them a good private sector wage and audit the accounts and prosecute the corrupt ones.
So everyone gets a Ministry. Hell, everyone can get a Plus One for this party. A Ministry for you and your brother, or brothers if you’re high up enough. We’re running out of shit to pretend like we’re doing, but I can think of a Ministry of Abduction, Ministry of Apologies, Ministry of Accidentally Telling The Truth. Of course there’s the Ministry of Sound, Ministry of Nation Upkeep and a Ministry of Pol Sambol. 225 Ministers the President can ignore to simple run Sri Lanka as his family plantation. To speak French again, you guys are so dirty that I use my left hand to do any government business.