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Empty seats and hollow rhetoric

Island Editorial It is said that a man can be judged by the company he keeps. It may also be said that a nation can be judged by the parliament it elects, at least where this country is concerned. Foreign dignitaries in the Speaker’s gallery on Tuesday, when Parliament had a ceremonial sitting to mark … Continue reading

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Wimal’s ‘farce’ and Speaker’s “Promise”

Wimal’s ‘farce’ revisited Daily News Editorial Joint Opposition and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena, after a week’s enforced vacation from parliament, had apparently begun from where he left off when he was given marching orders to leave the House, by the Speaker, during the last sitting day. On that occasion, what got Gunawardena into trouble was … Continue reading

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Politicos and Medicos are Servants of the People

Sunday Leader Editorial The recent rumpus in parliament about senior parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena defying orders of the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and being suspended from attending sessions of parliament and a section of the medical profession not observing normal procedures following an order made by courts and contesting it in covert ways have focused public attention … Continue reading

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O’Level MPs and “Mature MPs”

Parliament The revelation made by a former University don, that only 94 MPs, out of our 225 member legislature, have not passed their GCE O/L examinations will come as no surprise to many. Also the claim by Peradeniya University Ex-Chancellor Prof. M.O. A. De Zoysa that only 25 percent of our parliamentarians are graduates. Addressing … Continue reading

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Vulgar theatre (of “Honourable” MPs)

Island Editorial Friday’s unruly behavior in Parliament is nothing new to Lankans who are largely acclimatized to rowdy scenes in the legislature. Although these events do grab headlines and television and radio time, as happened on this occasion, many will agree that they are hardly newsworthy – except perhaps to make people wonder yet again … Continue reading

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