I’m launching a series of 10-minute podcasts on this blog, to share with you new thoughts, ideas, insights, and curious musings regarding economic issues. This first one comes on the eve of Sri Lanka’s Presidential Elections on 8th January 2015). In this I talk about 3 things: the economic agenda contained in the two candidate’s manifestos and how they are overwhelming populist (disappointing, but unsurprising); the need to reshape the narrative around the role of the state and public spending in Sri Lanka; and finally about the misuse of state resources and how it means that all of us as taxpayers have subsidised one candidate’s campaign over another’s.
Click the embedded Soundcloud clip below to listen to the podcast.
For a more comprehensive comparison of the two Presidential Candidates’ manifestos, see this article by the Pathfinder Foundation – http://www.ft.lk/2015/01/06/the-election-manifestos-an-auction-of-non-existent-resources/
And for the CMEV report I refer to in the podcast, visit http://cmev.org/2015/01/07/presidential-election-2015-cmev-interim-campaign-report/