Ludicrous upper class twits

17 01 2013

We couldn’t think of the right headline for this post, so just went for the first thought that we had at PPT after read a post as the Facebook page that is associated with tea-sipping elite scion and Democrat Party bigwig Korn Chatikavanij, headed Thailand edging closer to a police state.

We think Korn and his “staff” have spilled their marbles and aren’t even scrambling to pick them up; they have lost touch with anything called reality. Apparently, they are joined by 44 other members of the Democrat Party in making quite ludicrous claims. That’s a lot of loose marbles. Why do we say this? Take their first claim as an example:Marbles

One of the hallmarks of the Yingluck administration’s one and a half years in office has been to induce a culture of fear and intimidation to maintain apathy among the media and the opposition in the face of eroding liberty and the destruction of freedom of speech in Thailand…. Such shameless acts of intimidation by the Yingluck administration has gradually edged Thailand closer to a police state.

This lot then use examples of two alleged “bans” on the film “Shakespeare Must Die” and the television soap series “Nua Mek 2,” both of which are claimed to be attacks on the Shinawatra clan but also have scenes considered to offend lese majeste. Their other “evidence” of a “police state” is all about the Department of Special Investigation’s actions related to murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban and various other charges or investigations of the Democrat Party.

As our readers know, PPT doesn’t condone censorship of any kind and we are not great fans of Tharit “The Eel” Pengdit and the DSI. That said, these claims are patently ridiculous, suggesting that studying at Eton and Oxford risks the seemingly contagious affliction of upper class twit, appropriately enough associated in one case with a stock broker.

They are ridiculous because the most repressive government for 30 years was that led by Abhisit Vejjajiva and the Democrat Party. It is they who closed almost all opposition media. It is Abhisit and the Democrat Party who locked up hundreds of political prisoners. It is Abhisit and the Democrat Party who used lese majeste and computer crimes laws to silence political opponents. In fact, one of the lese majeste charges from their police state was sentenced in the past few hours for implying something about the king! Others remain in jail on this most draconian of charges. It is they who were put in place by the military, supported by them and a demon seed junta constitution. So all their bleating about a “police state” is twaddle and nonsense.

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There are also three footnotes to the story worthy of mention. First, readers get a picture of the nature of dim-witted elitist babble when the post turns to “Abhisit Vejjajiva as with many other members of parliament affiliated with the Democrat Party, … [who] voluntarily made monthly donations to the Democrat Party by allowing the Secretariat of the House of Representatives to automatically deduct a certain amount from our salaries and issuing a check in that amount to the Democrat Party” being harassed.

The claim is a DSI probe is “a dangerous precedent for Thai society for it will discourage people to engage with and build political parties that truly reflect the needs and interest of the public. We attest that political parties that are not financed by the majority will only work for the interest of the minority.” Democrat Party MPs funding themselves does not sound like “the people” funding them, although we realize that these twits think they are the only people that matter.

An interesting second footnote is on the “Team Korn” dopey posting is that long-serving TIME magazine correspondent Robert Horn makes a comment on another comment (that appears to have been removed). Asia Provacateur has a take on this and some information and allegations regarding Horn’s links to the Democrat Party (and as เหตุใดนักข่าวนิตยสารไทม์ประจำกรุงเทพฯ นายโรเบิร์ต ฮอร์นจึงหาข้ออ้างให้กับการจำคุกนักโทษทางการเมืองไทย?). In the past, PPT has posted on Horn’s royalist and pro-Democrat Party stories (here, here, here, here, and here).

Finally, note “Team Korn’s” little debate in the comments section with Andrew MacGregor Marshall which is further evidence of the complete detachment from reality amongst the elitist upper crust.


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