Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bugger the Constitution


Bugger the Constitution

I think we are buggered by our constitution.
It is like Thompson and Thomson in Tintin.
Both UNP for 17 years in power and the SLFP for 21 years used its undemocratic style for personal image building.
They actually entangled in its maze and have become slavish of it.

What was intended by JRJ or its last adaptor the Ma Ra was a hidden agenda.
Even CBK who said it was Bahu Butha (there is no proper English, translation, it is something like devil's incarnation but I prefer Bugger the Constitution phrase, instead) really loved it.
She in 2000 in her proposed constitution tried to enter the parliament for the third time as an executive PM.
It was defeated by Ra (toddy) Nil (blue) in the nick of time.
Good on him for that stance, even though he was castigated for Pee-Toms.
I for one, did not want the executive PM as well as proposed devolution of power to LTTE and the PeeToms (Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure)
It would have been a disaster.
CBK was ready to dish the country out for the sake of her crave for power.
Mangala was her aide, then.
Now enter MaRa and SF.
The rest is history.
Maithree was an aberration in our democracy.
I thank Ma Ra for not appointing him as the dummy PM.
The dummy of course can come into power if the incumbent go mad, become terminally ill, insane (it is difficult to diagnose insanity in politicians when in power but the recent events show even out of power one can become insane, except of course Ra Nil who held onto opposition leadership in spite of constant hacking of him in both inside and outside of the parliament-except the brief period as PM twice) or assassinated (Ra Na Sinha -Running or Duwana Lion).
The above is to show that even though we have a presumed perfect constitution, the jockey decides the outcome.
No jockey wants to lose except of course, the last one with astronomical spending for campaigning-expenditure and astrologer's blind faith.
The poor voter become a disgusted punter after the election, losing his bet.
I think the current situation is no different.
The voter is taken for a ride.
Even though there is provision in the constitution for referendum, no political party wants to put it to public vote.
That is the most bizarre execution or buggering of our constitution.
We have used it once and that is also for the most UN-constitutional episode in our history to extend the parliament by six years
We have done it before for two years (Thompson and Thomson SAGA again with the help of so called leftists) to hold non-aligned conference in 1977.
There was this 3-Cs under Ra Na P.
These are necessary for reconciliation and are the very ingredients lacking

Consultation,

Compromise,

Consensus.

For making the constitution and amendments to it there was never the occurrence of these three in combination of three, two or in solo.
Consultation we do not need (USA or Banki Moon).
Compromise we do not need (either minority or religion).
I prefer a constitution without a religion.
The consensus is mandatory.
The present hell hole the parliament cannot deliver it.
In summary this 2/3rd majority and referendum or both are the most undemocratic tools in our constitution.
These instruments make the constitution rigid and unworkable.
There is no overseeing power delegated to the judiciary.
Our judiciary has become a puppet on a string in constitutional making, only interpreting the bizarre lines and passages.
Just like our GLP who is always confused (sometimes we can get a better sense from a drunkard on the street) when interpreting a word, let alone a line or a passage.
He does not understand what he says, so how can we get a better sense out of this constitutional nonsense.
In democracy simple majority is the guiding force.
One man, one vote (not multiples) but no absconding (sitting on the fence), like the monks and the senile leftists who did not vote in the second reading in the last amendment.
I think voting by a members should be made compulsory including those who give bogus medical certificates.
They ought to be in the house not in the water hole (good example P-Vasu) of the parliament.
They should not sleep while sessions are on or a particular speaker of a different ethnic group speaks, even they cannot understand a word the speaker says.
They should have a working knowledge of all three languages.
When the next election is completed, they should have a crash course in languages and working of the parliament.
If any member touches or lifts the MACE should be evicted for three months and after summary hearing should not be allowed to contest again for 10 years or two sittings of the parliament, which ever is longer.

In summary,
1. We should bugger the present constitution.

2. The fact that it had 20 amendments means that it is a big burden on our voter and there is a big fault or hole in it for our viable democracy.
3. We should uproot it lock, stock and barrel.
4. 38 years is a long time and now is the time to reassess its validity.
It has outstayed as a democratic tool.
5. No more amendments, including the 20th (which will be watered down in due course).
6. New poll.
7. No for national government (UNP and SLFP Combo is unworkable).
8. Set in motion a caretaker government and thrash out a new constitution and put it for referendum for once and done away the referendum for good after that.
It is just a waste and label in a country where most individuals have a short memory and unscientific upbringing.
By the way politics is not a science but a numbers game like gambling.

Do not expect to get it better in this country.


It is already moribund.



Bugger the constitution

Bugger the constitution
Which buggered us
For 38 years
With a tool called,
Two third majority
And another tool called
Referendum which is not worth
The ballot it is printed on
And casting a vote on it
Is a colossal waste
On the common sense
Of a not so common voter behaviour
Which is flimsy and fragile
And evaporating by the minute
With very poor memory in store

Bugger the buggers of democracy
Who bugger the parliament,
In broad day light,

Bugger the citizenry
Who buggered
Their vote of confidence

Bugger the buggers of legislature
Who buggered the lawyers
And the lawyers
Who let them be buggered
By the lawyers
Of legislature
In broad day light

Bugger the citizenry
Who let them be
Buggered by
Law makers,
Lawyers
Who take the oath
In the name of protection
Of the constitution


Bugger the constitution
Which buggered us
For 38 years
With a tool called,
Two third majority
And another tool called
Referendum which is not worth
The ballot it is printed on
And casting a vote on it
Is a colossal waste
On the common sense
Of a not so common voter behaviour
Which is flimsy and fragile
And evaporating by the minute
With very poor memory in store

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