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The Liberal Party began as a think-tank called the ‘Council for Liberal Democracy’, the first institution to criticize the all embracing statism of the colonial and immediate post-colonial periods. In espousing free economic policies together with wide-ranging political freedoms, the Council, and then the Party, opposed both the authoritarian crony capitalism of the United National Party and the socialism of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Both major parties are now in theory in favour of wide freedoms, but to ensure that these are understood and entrenched there is still need of coherent Liberal activism.

 
A Reform Agenda 15 – Education for Employment and Reconciliation

I come back to Education because, with every day that passes, it is more and more obvious that we must engage in quick reform of the system. We need to change structures to allow for quick decisions. We need to change syllabuses to ensure that our youngsters get basic knowledge and also the ability to access necessary information. We need to encourage thinking skills and initiative, and also group learning that will promote cooperation rather than competition that puts us each in his own little compartment.


What we must get rid of is the continuing dependence on officials who have little understanding of the ground situation in the various schools which have insufficient teachers, inadequate provision for counseling and few extra-curricular activities. That requires strengthening school based management, but we have to make sure that, when principals are given greater responsibility, they are made strictly accountable, and that they must show results that can be accesses and questioned by all stake holders.

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Political Principles and their Practice 11 - Avoiding Majoritarianism

Finally, in this Chapter on Democracy and Representation, I look at how countries can avoid the impression that their governments look after only particular sections of society. Making it clear that government is inclusive, and bears equal responsibility for all groups in a country is an important part of ensuring the unity and thus the sovereignty of any country.


Avoiding Majoritarianism


The idea that the winner takes all after an election has caused serious problems in many democracies. It reduces the need for constant consultation that will contribute to continuity of policy. In pluralistic societies, in particular, it leads to neglect of the needs and aspirations of minorities. Minorities need not just be racial and religious minorities. Particular regions and social groups, even though they are a part of the racial or religious majority in a country, can be neglected by a government based on a parliamentary majority that springs from a limited proportion of the vote.

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Political Principles and their Practice 12 - Types of Law

Chapter 3 - Law and its Institutions


We have looked thus far at Parliament, the legislative branch of government, which is supposed to pass laws and also monitor the work of the executive. Then we looked at the executive, the active functioning branch of government, and considered the various duties it should perform.


Third we should consider the judicial branch of government, which was considered the only other one at the time the theory of the Separation of Powers was enunciated with regard to government, There are I believe other elements that the public also needs to ensure its security, from society in general as well as an over powerful government. But there is no doubt that the judiciary is the most important restraint on those who would violate the rights and freedom of the people, and we should therefore look at it in some detail.

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Prof Wijesinha lashes out at minority govt., regrets promoting change

by Saman Indrajith


Liberal Party Leader Prof Rajiva Wijesinha told Parliament yesterday that the LTTE would find it easier to renew its efforts of regrouping to revamp its separatist objective thanks to present impasse and mismanagement of the government and the Foreign Ministry.


Participating in an adjournment debate on recent US State Department report of LTTE renewing its operations, MP Wijesinha said: "The Foreign Minister dances with the GTF, which is not bad in itself, but that is not where he should concentrate. Work with the Diaspora is essential, but more essential is working with those who have suffered in Sri Lanka. I know that reconciliation has been entrusted to his heroine and the new best friend of the Prime Minister, but there has been so little in five months that I can understand why dissatisfaction is growing, and why perhaps the LTTE will find it easier and easier to renew its efforts at terror and separation.

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