A Warm Heart, a Cool Head and a Deep Breath, is a collection of speeches by Milinda Moragoda from the years 2000-2003. The speeches cover an extensive range of issues affecting Sri Lanka and provide a clear insight into Milinda’s philosophy and vision as a politician as well as his prescriptions for change.
It is Milinda’s belief that in the political arena there is sadly little focus on substance and issues. By disseminating his ideas and approaches to formulating public policy, he hopes to stimulate discussion and debate among ordinary citizens on important issues affecting their lives. Another reason for his decision to publish these speeches at this early juncture in his political career was to place on record his ideas and stands on issues. In order for his ideas to reach a wide Sri Lankan audience, this book was translated into both Sinhala and Tamil.
A Warm Heart, a Cool Head and a Deep Breath was published by the International Democratic Union (IDU) and was launched on 19th June, 2003 in Thessaloniki, Greece by the Norwegian Foreign Minister and Vice Chairman of the IDU, Jan Petersen, during the 20th IDU Party Leaders’ Meeting. This was followed by the US book launch on 25th June 2003 at the International Republican Institute in Washington DC by US Senator McCain, who wrote the book’s introduction. Senator McCain, like Milinda is dedicated to creating a new political culture free of acrimony and divisiveness, where in Senator McCain’s own words, politicians work for “a cause greater than oneself”.