Manic Suthep says forget parliament, forget elections

15 06 2012

Suthep Thaugsuban was deputy premier under Abhisit Vejjajiva, and for much of the period of the military-backed Democrat Party government, he commanded the security apparatus that repressed, murdered and censored with gay abandon.

Suthep and friends

Suthep is a local godfather-like figure from the south and has been associated with yellow shirts and the notorious blue shirts who motivated violence in Pattaya in April 2009. Most recently, he has been agitating groups of ultra-royalists outside parliament. He is interviewed in the Bangkok Post and is, as usual, candid in his expression of his political views.

Suthep argues that the current extra-parliamentary “movement” he and other PADocrats are organizing to “thwart attempts to whitewash ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s wrongdoings and change administrative rules.”

He argues that politics has changed in recent years: “… it used to be fights against juntas and injustice and for more rights for people.” Funny, PPT doesn’t recall Suthep being involved in such struggles. We seem to recall that he was quite opposed to some of them.

But today, he says, the threat is from “[p]oliticians and political groups try to achieve absolute political power.” Yes, we recall Suthep being a member of the government hoisted into power by the military after the ousting of an elected government.

But we presume he means Thaksin and the fact that he keeps winning elections (or his parties do). Suthep hates the idea that elections produce results he doesn’t like, even if every election since 2000 has essentially rejected his own failed party.

Yes, when in power and premier, Thaksin was an arrogant sod who abused that power. But that does not justify the actions of the Democrat Party and its allies who have been involved in military coup, judicial coup, murder, mayhem, repression, censorship and so on.

Suthep’s view seems to be that the political rules (that his allies in the military wrote and embedded, should be chucked aside if he can’t get what he and his sponsors want.

His excuse for this is that Thaksin and his lot “want absolute power for political efficiency but that is against our belief in the constitutional monarchy. They want to gain absolute power by any means.” As far as PPT can tell, while we are not sure that Thaksin has evver come close to “absolute power,” his “any means” have, so far, mainly been through elections. We see no very convincing evidence that Thaksin is any less wedded to the absolute monarchy than Suthep himself.

Suthep then mumbles something quite untruthful when he says: “We oppose this [Thaksin and his lot] because all parties should participate in politics.” Of course, his party’s recent history is a rejection of this notion. Like the People’s Alliance for Democracy, the Democrat Party shows no particular inclination for democracy unless it is “their democracy.” What was that about absolute power? What was that about having the military’s weaponry behind your party?

Then the manic Suthep adds a neat claim that he has made time and again with absolutely no evidence:

Meanwhile, former Communist Party members are moving to turn Thailand into a republic run by a single political party. This may go along with Thaksin’s intention. Both have joined forces and are threatening the Thai people and Thailand.

To be fair, we have to admit that while manic, Suthep is not mad, as this claim would suggest. Factually, there are as many former communists working with PAD, the Democrat Party and other ultra-royalists as with red shirts and Thaksin. Suthep’s deceits on this are long-standing and include the discredited anti-monarchy plot diagram.

He is simply craving the power he and his lot can’t get through parliament and elections. He admits this when asked: “Do you admit that you cannot carry on the fight in parliament?” His response: “I admit that.” In other words, parliament is to be ignored, parliament and the constitution are to be ignored.

Suthep also admits that the judiciary is his side’s strength:

Lack of control over the judiciary is their [Thaksin and allies] weak point because what they have done is against the law [sic.] and the judiciary can take action against them.

As far as we can tell, nothing that the current government has done is illegal. What Suthep means is that the judiciary can be used for yet another judicial coup because the royalist elite controls the judiciary.

Then he makes another admission that Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra should think about, for they risk being puppets for Suthep and his ultra-royalist buddies:

We do not want to overthrow the government. We will not mind if Pheu Thai wins another election and Ms Yingluck Shinawatra stays as prime minister for a new term. If the government, Pheu Thai and the red shirt network stop pushing for the “reconciliation bills” and trying to change the constitution to restructure the administrative system, we will stop our movement.

There you have it. Parliament doesn’t matter. Elections don’t matter. All that matters is that the royalist elite gets what they want, and they believe, with good reason, that they can get this from Yingluck and her government. All she has to do is bring the red shirts under control.


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