Democrat Party dissolution case

15 07 2010

PPT hasn’t been ignoring the dissolution case against the ruling Democrat Party. There’s just not much to say about it. However, this Chinese report is worth a read as background. It is, like most Chinese reports, derivative of others accounts and essentially pro-government, but this also allows an insight into events from the Democrat Party supporters.

One interesting point has to do with Abhisit Vejjajiva’s “calmness” which is said to be “justified as this is not the first time that a Thai political party faced a crisis of disbandment and the precedents had proved ‘disbanding did not bring about major change’.” Of course, this is simply not true, and the last dissolution case against the People’s Power Party brought down the government and allowed military and palace fixers to put the Democrat Party and its craven coalition in place.

At the same time, it seems that those who have faced dissolution and even 5-year bans get on okay, so long as they abandon Thaksin Shinawatra and sign up with the military-palace coalition of the willing elite. Think of the execrable Newin Chidchob. He was banned for 5 years, and remains the only politician ever caught on tape engaged in illegal electoral practices. But he jumped sides and brought money and members of parliament to the Democrat Party coalition. This allows him to daily engage in politics, meeting the premier regularly, running his own party on a daily basis and so on. He’s “calm.” So is Banharn Silpa-Archa, also banned, but now a government crony and running his party on a daily basis. The Democrat Party even deals with some politicians found guilty of corruption, in exile and banned – think Vatana Asavaheme.

As the Democrat Party already has its “back-up” party in place – most say it is the newly registered Thai Khem Kaeng Party – maybe they don’t need to worry. The only “problem,” as the report says, is: “is the bruising of some egos for the failure to sustain the oldest political party in Thai history.” But staying in power would probably be a soothing salve.


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