Coming together means forming consensus

The Prince of Kandy Going to the IMF and letting them decide the policy is not what the general public want. As the formerly brave patriotic forces that littered our opinion space seem to have lost their voice let us take it upon ourselves to outline a policy alternative. Put as simply as possible; the ... Read More

My actions impact the equilibrium

The Prince of Kandy In the study of certain subjects, there are certain universal truths that teachers try to instil in their students. In medicine there is ‘first do no harm’, in accounting there is the notion of double-entry, and in economics (and important to this piece) there is the concept of demand and supply. ... Read More

Against the consensus view

The Prince of Kandy Given the recent passing of Mangala Samaraweera, it is important to set out at least a few things so as to show disagreement with the consensus view. Samaraweera was a polarizing figure with his stance on ethnic reconciliation drawing adoration from some and hatred from others. Here I will contend that ... Read More

Shall we decide?

The Prince of Kandy Also published at https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/shall-we-decide/ This is being written in two veins. One to point out the massive corporate hypocrisy of our media landscape. Secondly and most importantly to at least maintain the adversarial façade of our political landscape. Rajandram Rajamahendran was not a nice man. His achievements in cricket are mainly ... Read More

Sounding poor

The Prince of Kandy Also available at https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sounding-poor/ We live in a nation where actual political choice, which lies between the SJB and SLPP, have at least from a media image perspective pivoted themselves to the lower ranks along our socio-economic spectrum. The two major parties in rhetoric pander to the poor. This takes the ... Read More

Colombo’s property woes

The Prince of Kandy Also available at https://www.ft.lk/opinion/Colombo-s-property-woes/14-718614 Though the media and financial players in Sri Lanka will not openly admit it, we are in the middle of a property crisis. The benchmark of Commercial Property in Sri Lanka the World Trade Centre (Overseas Realty PLC) has dropped to about 80% occupancy levels from levels ... Read More

Alas a little too much a little too late

The Prince of Kandy The following article was also published on the Daily FT on Wednesday 21 April 2021 and at http://www.ft.lk/opinion/Alas-a-little-too-much-a-little-too-late/14-71654 The recent media focus and political activity on the Port City though incredible in terms of magnitude are far too late and sensational to have any impact on policy. What will come into ... Read More

Is Port City not important?

The Prince of Kandy The following was also published on the Daily FT on Monday 12 April and at http://www.ft.lk/columns/Is-Port-City-not-important/4-716223 To reform the proposed legislation instead of expressing an opinion on the proposed Port City framework it would be more effective to comment on the lack of media coverage on the issue. Even media content ... Read More

Why can’t we be like this forever CSE?

The Prince of Kandy Thanks to COVID-19 a lot of things that should have happened in Sri Lanka a long time ago have happened. The Amended Electronic Transactions Act was recognised[i], and a lot of things went into the digital space. The stock exchange has also revamped their website and through guidance has made it ... Read More

Deficits and Implied Taxation

The Prince of Kandy I am not saying it is a life and death matter when you print money. During my period it isn’t that we didn’t have excess printing but every time the treasury secretary asked me if we could accommodate the government with an excess of treasury bills I always got a date ... Read More