Old Nation cover, back before it sold out
I was at Arpico (supermarket) when I saw Mangala Samaraweera, former Foreign Minister and Svengali, in the other line. He was buying light bulbs, pet food, and tinned fish. Then it hit me. This is why Ranil doesn’t want to give up power. As Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe gets all the perks of a government Minister. He also has power both locally and internationally. Unfortunately, he can’t actually do his job as Opposition Leader (winning elections occasionally) but he does collect the perks. But it’s not just that. I see former President Bandaranaike out randomly and no one pays any attention. She’s a former President but no one cares. Come from a place where you could be five hours late and people would wait, that must suck. In Sri Lankan politics there is no exit strategy. You’re either dead or dead to the world. Perhaps that’s why Ranil clings onto his post for dear life.