Ranil can at least follow Churchill

DR.Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Ranil Wickremesinghe is celebrating his 40th year in politics. By now he has become the leader of liberalism combined with social capitalism. This combination of liberal democracy has developed recently, influenced by post-modernism. He has been influenced by the developments in Germany and Trudeau's Canada. The problem of liberalism has been exposed by Marxist leaders such as Marx, Lenin and particularly by Trotsky. In the struggle for democracy and social justice there is hardly a base in urban society in developing countries like Sri Lanka. The vacillation of liberal leaders arises due to the lack of stability in the social base. The professional middle class is no substitute as they usually help right wing, dictatorial elements to take power. In this situation it is the duty of the left and workers' leaders to intervene positively to carry out the tasks of democratic revolution. Strangely enough, during the Second World War it was Winston Churchill who countered the vacillations of liberalism of conservative leaders and mobilized the masses against the fascism of Hitler.

Churchill was not a leftist of any kind and he was thrown into 'wilderness' during the 1930s because of his opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of King Edward. However, Churchill took the lead in warning about fascist Hitler and in campaigning for re-armament. He understood the nature of fascism better than Chamberlain. On 3 September 1939, the day Britain declared war on Germany following the outbreak of the Second World War, Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, the same position he had held during the first part of the First World War. As such, he was a member of Chamberlain's small War Cabinet. His speeches and radio broadcasts helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult days of 1940–41 when the British Commonwealth and Empire stood almost alone in its active opposition to Hitler's fascism. Later he led Britain as Prime Minister until after the German surrender in 1945. If Ranil is not prepared to listen to 'Purawesi Peramuna' he can at least follow the example of Churchill.

The Labour Party

In July 1945, after Germany had surrendered but not Japan, Britain held its first general election in a decade. To the surprise of many, Churchill's Conservative Party lost in a landslide, having been successfully portrayed by the Labour Party as anti-worker and anti-welfare. But his seat he won defeating the combined opposition candidate. "They have a perfect right to kick us out," he purportedly said upon hearing the news. "That is democracy. That is what we have been fighting for." He returned to the premiership in 1951, remaining there until ill health induced him to resign in three-and-a-half years.

Mahinda camp believes that the turning point has come! Apparently they were waiting for the day to show their might in mass unrest. Criminal-attractions created by anti-SAITM, Polpot socialist attacks made by the student movement and misguided trade unions are the treasures of the Mahinda fascistic campaign. These are bogus affairs from top to bottom. May be it is a display attractive only to the miserable and marginalized. However, the fascistic Joint Opposition was partially successful in political and psychological terms when it used media to make people believe that it succeeded in ensuring large scale breakdown in the day to day affairs. Fascistic politics are not based on reality. Hence they are happy, so their programme is implemented. Recently they have increased many fold the sabotage actions.

Unfortunately, leaders of yahapalana government including Ranil, are undisturbed about the negative development taking place.

Some say Ranil is over confident and dismisses Mahinda group activities as primitive politics rejected by civilized humans.

However, Polpot youth socialists campaign against what they called Indian expansionist actions. Two controversial matters currently being negotiated between the two countries are the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and the Trincomalee harbour project that revolves around the lease of oil tanks. While conscious workers understand that if properly handled ETCA could be helpful to expand the job opportunities and open the Indian market for our goods, there has generated a formidable opposition amongst sections of the local business community and professionals. The general belief is that medical doctors, of the Government Medical Officers Association, are opposing because they fear that they will not be able to withstand Indian competition.

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