Trishaw drivers being pissed off is not news. Connected businessmen pissed off, however, is. Lately I’ve been hearing the same thing from across the social spectrum, even from people working with the government. Mahinda’s catchers and cronies are messing stuff up and they can’t move. Be it daily bread or 10-year investments, the government has messed everything up, and people are pissed.
I’ve talked to a few people and been surprised. These are guys who voted for Mahinda or work with the government now and they’re operators, through and through. When I say business people I don’t mean the old, traditionally UNP elite. I mean new money guys who’ve either adapted or were always connected, ie, people who do big business. Both these guys and small businessmen in the south are quite vigorously displeased, which I find surprising. It’s obvious that the average consumer is unhappy, but Mahinda’s business base is unhappy as well.
From board-room to surfboard, their complaints are actually much the same. Mahinda hasn’t appointed the right people for the right jobs, and these catchers are fucking everything up. He’s appointed cronies who are incompetent and greedy, and they’re bubbling the economy like a crack pipe.
From top to bottom the complaint is that Mahinda is surrounded by retards, but my question is, who appoints these guys? It’s obviously not that smart. The Governor of The Central Bank is an accountant, not an economist, and he hasn’t really proved himself to be exceptional. The CEO of the money-losing Mihin Lanka was promoted to the CEO of the now money-losing SriLankan. It’s like these guys keep failing upwards.
Honestly, the whole thing is starting to look like a bubble. There are a few people taking money out and not putting value back in. Everybody else is getting worried that they’re being taken for a ride.
As long as the economy was generally good people tolerated this shit, but now that it’s down, these vultures look less and less affordable. The question is how much Mahinda depends on them for his political stability (I think a lot) and how much he ultimately depends on the voting and working people of this country.