It is almost
a fashion for Sri Lankan political leaders to speak periodically of
consensus, cohabitation, bipartisanship and national governments. The
idea of a political union between the two main parties has often been
romanticised and is permanently in vogue, though nothing concrete has
been achieved so far despite the popular support for such an initiative.
the recent political history, bipartisanship between the two main
parties was advocated and supported by former Under Secretary, Foreign
Commonwealth Office, Liam Fox. In 1997, Fox managed a political trot,
but the cohabitation between the PA and the UNP reached some six years
ago remains not worth the paper it is written on, if the acrimonious
relations between the signatories are anything to go by.
substance, loads of hot air
The Corridors of Power