The Parliament is designed for for trouble (More On The Architecture
Crossovers are total bullshit. In a democracy where people vote for parties, it just makes no sense You elect a guy from one party, and he starts voting with the other party. It’s like buying an elephant and getting a pile of… bullshit. Milinda Moragoda was elected as a UNP MP who favored peace talks and fiscal management. Now he’s the Tourism Minister of a government waging war and bankrupting the country. He has betrayed the people who voted for and believed in him. If Milinda had ran as SLFPer in favor of corruption and war people wouldn’t vote for him. But he didn’t care, and he crossed over for his own personal benefit and power. It has nothing to do with the people who voted for him. Ranil is a limp dick for sure, but betraying the people who vote for you is something else. And it should be constitutionally discouraged. Switching for principle is one thing, but switching to the government gives MPs a cash incentive to betray their voters. So we really need a money-back guarantee. If I vote UNP I want UNP. So sorry if you don’t get a nice car, but frankly, fuck you and your filthy lucre. Milinda Moragoda, GL Peiris, Duminda de Silva (not surprising), Karu Jayasuriya – you have betrayed the people who voted for you. You have betrayed your democracy.
As an addendum, Ranil Wickremesinghe is well worth breaking away from. He is probably the worst political leader the UNP has ever had. He’s a good manager when in power, but he totally sucks at getting power. Guy can’t hold a baby, let alone a rally. He’s a closeted homosexual closeted with in a circle of ‘old school’ yes men. Abandoning him is a good idea, because he can’t win and he sucks at leading or inspiring people. Whatever. Leave the UNP, abstain, sit somewhere else. But voting with the SLFP, while claiming you’re still in the UNP? Please. You can’t have your cake and eat it too – especially when flour is so expensive for normal people. Y’all are liars, and with your ministries you’re now thieves.
What we have is a Parliament where MPs have pure economic and survival motivation to join the government. They simply get paid more to do so. The amended Constitution also requires only a rubber stamp from out megalomanic Chief Justice and then it takes an impossible 85 votes in Parliament to really throw someone out of the party. So it makes things corrupt. As voters, we vote for a party and then candidates, but we have no guarantee that that our votes won’t end up on the complete opposite side. It’s a total corruption of democracy, and people like Moragoda and Peiris – who know better – should be ashamed that they lack the principle to serve the people that elected them. You know, don’t forget who’s taking you home, et cetera. It boggles the mind.