The making of diplomutts
Somebody has been ratting on Bogols. One
does not have to look too far to see who
that somebody is, surely.
Let's put it this way. You don't have to
have the brains of Palitha Kohona to know
that somebody has been gunning for Bogols
for quite some time. The evidence is as
clear as daylight, a phrase that is sadly
out of date what with the pollution that
fills the air turning it into a horrible
The evidence is there in all the stories
that have been leaked about the man - from
the Ritz Carlton in
to the Commonwealth Heads of Government
and now to the very heart of the Foreign
Ran for cover
Somebody has told that dubious entity called
Asian Tribune masquerading as a media (I
almost said modaya) outlet of some import,
that Bogols is gallivanting while letters of
appointment to several people as
consuls-general await the Minister's
Seeing the names of some of the prospective
consuls-general must have frightened the
poor man that he flew away to Singapore to
watch an air show.
Now anybody who knows a thing or two about
that particular display knows it is for
those interested in aviation for civilian
and military purposes.
What the Foreign Minister was doing at a
Singapore air show might passeth the
understanding of some. But I, Pachoris is
not put off by the sniggers and back-biting
of those who are trying to desecrate the
image of Bogols as he did to the memory of
Lakshman Kadirgamar by despatching the late
foreign minister's statue to the darkest
corners of Vihara Maha Devi Park.
I Pachoris can say with hand on heart that
there was a very good reason - well at least
two - why our Foreign Minister was in
Singapore for the air show.
The fact that he met his Singaporean
counterpart during that time is like saying
that his Ministry Secretary Palitha Kohona
met some Aussies from the great outback
during a visit to Australia recently, making
it easy to label it a semi-official visit,
thus saving on expenses.
Perhaps meeting his counterpart was purely
to inquire about the best tailor in town so
that Bogols could add a suit or two to his
The primary reason why Bogols took off in
what seemed like an 'undue hurry' to the air
show is because even he seemed to think that
some appointments stank. Is it surprising
that so many ended up with angina and
neuralgia at the same time on hearing that a
journalist of little distinction and less
intellect was to be made consul-general in
If the government wants to insult the
Canadians for taking time over banning the
LTTE, it is one thing. But to send this chap
into the midst of the Canadians does remind
one of an old Roman tale when Caligula
appointed his favourite horse as a senator
because the chappie thought that the
senators around at the time were a rotten
Actually I had not thought of the analogy
until that veteran diplomat now retired,
Felix Katepittu reminded us all of it at the
Paradise Club one evening.
That's as maybe, as some fictional character
used to say constantly. At least Caligula
chose his favourite horse who had had the
honour of being presented to foreign
diplomats now and then and so had a nodding
(and I use that word advisedly) acquaintance
with diplomats if not diplomacy.
I would be hard put to think that this
Jayasekera lad is the favourite journalist
unless the powers-that-be who have no great
love for the fourth estate having ruined all
the other estates, intend the appointment to
be an insult to all journalists.
While the Scarborough district of Toronto
waits with bated breath as they say for the
arrival of this distinguished journalist who
was extinguished from the Daily News with
the arrival of another Bandula to the helm
of Beira Gedera, Bogols is keeping the chap
waiting with his aerobatics in the
If the Minister's real intention was to get
as far away as possible without heaping more
intellectual garbage onto our diplomatic
service, then he shouldn't have stopped in
He should have taken the polar route to the
Arctic where the snows are melting faster
than the budgetary allocations to the
That is not surprising seeing that the
ministry duo Rohitha and Palitha in tandem
are in hot pursuit of a Guinness record for
accumulating the most airlines in the
shortest possible time.
Since the pair graced (did I hear Katepittu
say disgraced?) the Foreign Ministry they
have jointly accumulated more air miles than
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have
together piled on runs.
To buy a plane
There is one other difference though.
Neither of the two respected cricketers will
deliberately run the other out which, from
what we hear, is not the way things happen
at that Ministry.
It is also being said that Bogols went to
the air show for yet another reason. Now I
cannot vouch for this but as one who
believes in the freedom of expression and
the public's right to know, I Pachoris,
states here and now that it is being
rumoured that Bogols was looking at an
aircraft to buy so that the Ministry could
save money by flying Rohitha and Palitha
wherever they want at a lower cost.
I dismiss that explanation with the scant
attention it deserves for this reason.
Then the Ministry would have to buy two
aircraft. Because when Rohitha heads off in
one direction, Palitha takes off in another.
We have Rohitha and Palitha. But where's the