I wish she weren’t so hot
MIA’s boat was turned away and her candidate lost in the EU elections. Which is a weird sentence. Feels like SciFi, popstars launching boats and cadging votes. I fear that celebrity may one day permeate reality, but not just yet. You can’t land a boat without papers and you can’t win many votes without a party. The Vanni Mercy Mission was turned away, because they basically didn’t follow naval law at all. As much as I’d like to, I cannot sail a container ship down the river Thames. Her candidate for EU Parliament Jan Jananayagam lost. As much as she’d like to, it’s hard to win an election without party support and a local agenda. I would say nonsense, but it’s nice that they’re at least trying. I’d say try something different.
MIA’s also been supporting a boycott, basically hitting the garment factories. Instead, I’d support building garment factories in resettled areas. I believe families are being resettled in Mannar now. The big thing is demining the areas, and then establishing proper civil services. But then they need (and can do) jobs.
The boat was stupid because they didn’t get permission, not even a letter. That’s not how airports work and that’s not how ports work. You can actually ship goods if you follow normal procedure and kiss a little ass.
Instead of a self-serving boat they could just donate money to some of the charities operating. The fuel cost of the container ship must be hundreds of thousands of dollars. SOS Children’s Villages is building an orphanage in Zone Four. Sarvodaya is taking charge of child nutrition. For the price of fuel alone they could, like, do something useful.