The Speaker That Says Nothing

Karu Jayasuriya is blocking democracy in Sri Lanka. Its blood will be on his hands.

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Perhaps the wig impedes his hearing, but we can try

Update (11/5): the Speaker has said something, something good. So thank you.

On Friday, the President appointed a Prime Minister with no majority, and the Speaker said nothing.

On Monday the Crime Minister appointed a Cabinet with no authority, and the Speaker said nothing.

On Tuesday thousands of people turned out for democracy, and the Speaker said nothing.

On Friday, 118 MPs handed over a resolution condeming the illegal PM, and the Speaker said nothing.

I think you get the point.

The Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, could at any moment have convened Parliament and allowed our democractic system to work. For whatever reason, he is the key person blocking democracy right now.

Instead of doing the right thing, he has delayed and asked for permission from the criminals who created the mess and, in the process, given the same criminals time to bribe MPs for up to $2.8 million USD each. Every day he delays our democracy declines, and at this point it’s all on his head.

It’s very simple. Very very simple. Convene Parliament. Let our representatives speak. That is your only job. Just put on your funny wig, find the mace and convene the damn Parliament. Or else there won’t be one left, just a place for the corrupt to also get a free lunch.

At this point the people can reasonable conclude that Karu Jayasuriya is either A) corrupt or B) senile. I don’t know what else would explain his inaction. His inaction is the key force preserving and deepening the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka.

But maybe it’s an honest mistake and he’s just been asleep for a week. So we should wake him up.

Karu Jayasuriya. The people have spoken. MPs have spoken, though they have Basil on the other line. It’s your turn. Use your authority and let our democracy exist.

Convene Parliament now.

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