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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

Better Late than Never: Ed Miliband Rectifies the Error in His New Year Message

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…

According to my sources at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, UK, Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party seems have rectified the mistake that he made in his New Year message, while wishing only the Tamil community in the UK – and, of course, by erroneously identifying them as the sole representatives of Sri Lanka.

The controversial New Year greetings did ruffle few feathers of the majority in the other communities, especially the Sinhalese. While sensing the resentment among the members of the Sinhalese community over the issue, the officials at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London had taken up it with Mr Miliband, in a letter addressed to him, highlighting their concerns.

In response to the letter, Mr Miliband has reiterated his warm wishes to the Sinhalese, Tamil and wider Sri Lankan community in the UK, on the auspicious occasion of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

In the letter, Mr Miliband has also recognized the collective contribution made by all Sri Lankans to the economy, business, public services and of course, culture in the UK.

In addition, the Labour leader has particularly referred to his meeting with President Sirisena in London recently and applauded the efforts made by the latter in strengthening the harmony among the communities in Sri Lanka.

The quick response, on the part of the Labour, leader reflects the urgency that he felt in addressing the issue, especially when the general election is less than a month away; in short, Mr Miliband cannot afford to see his opponents cashing in on what appeared to be an appeasement of one community at the expense of the sensitivity of another.

With this rectification, the Team Miliband will certainly breathe a sigh of relief in sticking to the age-old cliché at a politically-crucial time – better late than never!

- Asian Tribune -

Better Late than Never: Ed Miliband Rectifies the Error in His New Year Message
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