Ramzee Tony also made a good case last election, in acrostic no less (view larger).
At this point I’m tentatively supporting Sarath Fonseka, if only to vote for the opposition. However, I think On Politics has a cogent explanation of why he supports Mahinda Rajapakse. Money quote: “the anti-MR alliance right now is haphazard, dishonest, opportunistic, gut-less, goal-less, doesn’t have any credibility, and have fielded a candidate with dubious credentials as a politician. I don’t see any reason to kick the present somewhat-efficient otherwise-crook guy out, just to elect a whole bunch of LOSER crooks.”
I have to say, I agree with him on many of the points. I could even see myself voting for Mahinda, but the waste and spending kinda gets me down. I mean, if Mihin and the hoardings are what we see, I shudder at what lies beneath. However, as Mr. Politics says
Rajapakse wasn’t only effective in finishing the war. He went on many development projects. May be Basil had a cut in them. But still, they contributed to country’s economy. For instance, MR started the desperately needed power projects, which were postponed by both Chandrika and Ranil governments, because of various political pressures. This should have prevented a possible power crisis in near future. Possibly, the gross economic benefit of this single project is much higher than the total money that the brothers stole from the us. If not, adding the economic benefits of finishing the war war would definitely weigh the equation to Brother’s favor.
Furthermore, I think he’s right in his evisceration of the opposition’s campaign
If UNP and/or JVP made a democratic alliance, accepted their faults, presented a viable economic plan, then at least one could have thought that they are serious about country’s future. Current set-up only shows that they are only serious about kicking MR out AND that they don’t have a clear alternative other than just a random horse to put into the race. This is a revenge mission. Not what I want for my country at the moment.
I still feel like we need a change, and I fear the family politics and feudal culture getting entrenched. I think a weak President plus a fractured Parliament would be good, for then we’d have the competition for peoples opinion which otherwise only comes at election time. My ideal situation is a Fonseka Presidency and SLFP Parliament, or Mahinda and a UNP Parliament. I guess my worst scenario is Mahinda plus SLFP Parliament, though a close second is Ranil somehow surviving and continuing the cripple the UNP (what should be the real opposition, not these random horse traders).
Regardless, if you’re considering voting, I think On Politics makes a good case for voting MR. It’s certainly better than Provincial Councilor Ajith Perera’s ten reasons for voting Sarath, which include his ability to row a canoe.