Abhisit’s doggeral

23 08 2011

PPT was bemused by some of Abhisit Vejjajiva’s reported comments on Yingluck Shinawatra’s policy statement to parliament. Okay, the comments are in The Nation, so they might be not be reliably reported, but if they are, they suggest that Abhisit’s view of politics and political debate is that they are a bit like an Oxford debate, where one takes a position without passion or commitment.

Take this line as an example:

Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday called on the Yingluck government to stick to promises made during the election campaign and give clarity to its policies and their implementation.  He said the people expected the government to solve the high cost of living as a priority.

Didn’t Abhisit recently claim that his government left the economy in great shape? Wasn’t it the Puea Thai Party that campaigned about the rising cost of living? Of course it was. And yes, the people will want the government to act. But do they really want to hear Abhisit, who brought them the high cost of living, making such lame statements devoid of responsibility?

Here’s another line:

Abhisit referred to the country’s political crisis and said it was necessary that the government restore people’s trust in politicians.

Has the man no shame? Here’s the man responsible for much of the political crisis telling the new government that they have to restore trust. What arrogance!

Then Abhisit donned his royalist garb and demanded that:

the government to make clear what it planned to do about people accused of offending the monarchy, and whether they were still involved with the [Puea Thai] party.

This is Abhisit using the monarchy politically, something he claims is wrong.

The unfortunate outcome of the question is that Puea Thai’s Chalerm Yubamrung “announced to the Parliament that the Pheu Thai government would not amend Article 112 of the Criminal Code – the official name of the lese majeste law.”

Abhisit appears in debates as a smart lad – his media is always saying what a great debater he is. The problem is that he doesn’t do anything but debate. There are no principles, no positions; just speaking and debate.



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