The Sri Lankan Prime Minister is (unofficially) a ceremonial post. Mahinda just parks old stalwarts there, like DM Jayaratne. I don’t know what he does, but every now and then he comes up with some statement that confounds and/or offends.
Recently it was that he takes the most helicopter rides (as Minister of Religious Affairs). He also said that his doctor recommended against such frequent air travel. I don’t even know what to do with this information.
Before that it was that Sri Lankans should stop eating bread, and that the government should ban the import of wheat flour entirely.
What I’m trying to figure out if Mahinda is cunningly playing the media with distractions, or if this stuff is for real. I fear the latter.