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Is it time to put the SLFP out of our misery?
Political parties are an essential part of modern democracy. They are essential in that in many instances political parties are the bridge that connects the voter with politics. Parties have the ability to formulate policies and programs that reflect the choice of their members and also provide them the opportunity to select the people who will be their delegates in government. Since democracies tend to have many political parties, they provide the voter with options in terms of representatives and programs.

A political party in a democracy is the agent of its members.  What a political party should not be in a democracy is to be the pawn of a few at the expense of many. It must not collude with opponents at the behest of a few to deprive the choice of many.

Unfortunately for the members of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), their party has been hijacked by the few, for the few and in the name of the few.  Their party has failed them and the country and the rules are stacked on the side of the few.
What and where to now?

Is it time to put the UNP out of our misery?
The short answer is yes.  If political parties have relevance because they represent us in decision-making bodies, the UNP has long since abdicated that role.  When it happened is debatable but it did happen. If 1978 is not ‘too long ago’ then the constitution that J R Jayewardena shackled us to can be called the beginning of the end of political parties and reasonable representation.

It took time of course but this is the principal device that have made political parties irrelevant. Sure, we vote for the elephant (or the swan) or the hand (or the chair or the betel leaf) but the day after we vote party symbol, color and name cease to matter.  In name one or the other party or rather a coalition led by one of them rules us, but that’s just eyewash.  We don’t know, for example, if Maithripala Sirisena is a UNPer or an SLFPer, really.  And anyway, the real constituency of any party, including the UNP, is not the voter but the financier.  The big boys and girls in business call the shots.
What and where to now?