Wimal Weerawansa protesting in front of Parliament
This is a story of two protests. Today Wimal Weerawansa of the extremy side of government fronted a protest at the UN office. Ranil fronted a protest outside Parliament. Here are two photos? Which looks better? The optics for Wimal are standing with a large crowd of average peeps vs Ranil standing with a bunch of MPs, not an especially popular bunch. Someone told me when Ranil had popular support after Chandrika seized the Ministries, I was told that he went home and slept. The optics are all wrong. Wimal looks like he’s leading the revolution. Ranil looks like he’s leading the old boys choir.
Ranil’s protest in front of Parliament
That said, Ranil got more votes than Wimal in the last election. But that by being the head of the oldest party in the country, Wimal running on basically no party at all. I’m not saying that I like Wimal better, but he just seems to be working harder than Ranil.
I personally think the UNP position on the Constitutional reforms is weak sauce. They’ve focused on being anti-Mahinda rather than pro-something. It just comes off as sour grapes. If there’s no term limits for the opposition leader who are they to call for term limits on the President? How can they talk about democratic succession when their own house is so messed up? It looks all wrong.