This poster was serious
As much as the entrenched government, Sri Lanka suffers from an entrenched opposition. Sarath Fonseka has forced this government to compete, but for four years Ranil Wickremesinghe has not. And now he hopes to be Executive Prime Minister. He doesn’t deserve it. If I vote for Sarath Fonseka, I want him to be in power. I supported Ranil Wickremesinghe, but now it’s time for him to go. In fact, he should have gone four years ago. The UNP should be running in this election, and they’re not. Ranil, if you can’t run then maybe you need to sit down.
In the last election I worked on the UNP website. They never allocated the domain properly and it was a mess of competing power centers. Basically, a bunch of Colombo people who went to school with Ranil. A weird cadre of people brokering connection and back-stabbing each other. I met Ranil once. He was in a swimming pool full of boys. He had no idea who I was or what I was doing.
Any amount of bad management, of course, is tolerated if you win. But he didn’t. So he needed to step down, four years ago. Since then the country has suffered, the UNP has suffered, and people have voted with their feet. The UNP lost tens of its MPs, a lot of good ones. I don’t think the voters are there anymore, cause Ranil doesn’t even feel confident enough to run.
Well, you know, that’s bullshit. If you can’t run then step down. Let someone who can run do it. There’s no shame in it. I’m pretty talented but there are jobs that I’ve failed at, as awesome as I am, other people seem able to function. The UNP is the party in Sri Lanka, the SLFP is a splinter group. I want to vote UNP and there are a thousand aunties and uncles who just look for the elephant symbol. They deserve better. They deserve a UNP candidate this election.
I’m probably going to vote for Sarath, but it scares me that this will somehow vindicate Ranil. I think Ranil is hurting this country as much or more than Mahinda. They are both entrenched, they are both regimes, and they are basically two sides of the same coin. If I vote for Sarath, I want Sarath, I don’t want Ranil. Much props for your brains and what you tried but, you know, thanks and bye. If you can’t run then don’t make everybody else kneel. Ranil Wickremesinghe, I want to vote UNP. Get out of the way.