Why we are not surprised IV

22 06 2011

It is about a month since we had our third post in this series. It’s time for the fourth post, as a series of summaries of unsurprising news reports.

1. Bangkok Pundit has an important post on ballot irregularities. His comments should be read in conjunction with the comments, which refer to other claims of ballot problems for overseas voters. We are not surprised that the Election Commission could make such a “mistake” with the Puea Thai Party logo. PPT can confirm the comment made on BP’s post that claims the EC documents sent to voters use a different logo for Puea Thai than that in the ballots. That can only confuse voters, especially for party list. Remember when Election Commissioners were jailed a few years ago. We are willing to bet that these commissioners are treated better.

2. Acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn is reported to have said that “he was a government official and not a member of any political party.” PPT has never expected that this unscrupulous person was anything less than a Privy Council and Army connected toady. He’s paid to be a professional sycophant. But who pays him? If he is a government official, why is he shadowing Abhisit Vejjajiva on the campaign trail? Isn’t this a form of corruption? Has he quietly resigned from his acting position? We wouldn’t be surprised to find Panitan pilfering the public purse.

3. Can readers remember the reports of a week ago when Army boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared that he’d keep quiet until the election? We are not surprised that just a week later, the mega-mouth general has been at it again. This time he has rejected the Puea Thai election policy to make the three southern border provinces a special administrative zone. He couldn’t help himself.

4. We weren’t at all surprised to learn that the leader of the Bhum Jai Thai Party Newin Chidchob has demanded that all the supporters of his top-ranked Thai Premier League team Buriram PEA vote for his party. Okay, he’s not the official leader, but everyone knows he’s the boss. Newin has spent billions and a couple of years building what he said was an apolitical effort to lead a great soccer team. Everyone knew that this was a way to get “automatic” support for Newin’s party. Does any of that spending count as election campaign spending? Probably not for this EC.

5. Former People’s Alliance for Democracy, pink shirt, multi-color shirt leader and anti-red shirt Tul Sitthisomwong, who is now a leader of the so-called Civil Network Against Thaksin’s Corruption Pardon just ended a four-day signature campaign that asked people to file complaints against Puea Thai’s Yingluck Shinawatra. He gathered a paltry 4,000 signatures, but beamed when he claimed “[t]he majority does not necessarily equate with righteousness.” We were not surprised when he stated: “If and when [Pheu Thai] becomes the government and takes any action, we will come out in opposition again.” Of course they will!