Notes from the news I

28 11 2013

Things are moving quickly at present, so we can only provide some notes and links for readers to follow.

Note 1: We wanted to get to this one much earlier, but events took over. At the Bangkok Post a few days ago, op-ed scribbler and yellow-shirted booster Veera Prateepchaikul makes himself “the people.” He says “they” – he means himself – are crying out for regime change. His cry is a full-throated shout of support for Suthep Thaugsuban’s actions, legal or not. It is a cry to stop pro-Thaksin Shinawatra parties winning elections by fixing elections. Veera and his ilk cannot believe that the majority of the population reject their elite politics. The result is a call to change the system so that his lot can be in power.No vote

He doesn’t know what the protst leaders want – who does – but he’s salivating for a return to elite control: “Even the protest leaders themselves have no idea of the full extent of the reform they wish. That, perhaps, is to be worked out later by academics.” For him, elite domination is a “noble objective.”

Of course, Veera recognizes that he and the protest leaders are not on about democracy, so his posterior cover is to tell foreigners that they can’t really understand the Thai situation: “Many may ask why can’t the anti-government protesters accept or recognise a democratically-elected government. If they have spent enough time in this country and tried to understand Thai politics, they will find that Thai democracy has a different meaning to that in Western countries.”

“Thai-style democracy” is not democracy at all, because, well, of Thaksin. That’s it. But we wonder what he says to Thais who don’t recognize anything democratic in the claims and actions of the protesters and their leaders? Grin and bear it?

Veera hates Thaksin, red shirts and voters. They are the reasons for demanding change – well, not change, but a return to elite rule.

Veera also managed to come up with an op-ed to justify breaking the law. Funny that, we seem to recall he was a rule of law junkie when the red shirts were demonstrating.

For the really looney stuff, look at this op-ed in the Bangkok Post that manages to make democracy the problem. Damn Thaksin and his lot! The buffaloes keep voting for his parties! Ipso facto, elections are a problem too.

GimmeeNote 2: The Democrat Party has surprised no one an announced support for their man Suthep. The Nation reports that Democrat Party leader and forever hopeful prime minister – just because he was born to it – Abhisit Vejjajiva found it necessary to confirm that “his party is determined to overthrow the ‘Thaksin regime’, saying the government had lost legitimacy.”

We guess he has plenty of experience with lost legitimacy, having never won an election, having been hoisted to power by the miltiary and having ordered crackdowns on protesters that caused thousands of deaths and injuries. This time Abhisit affirms that his craving for power means that all his MPs may quit parliament “in order to conduct the campaign.” He stated: “If it leads us to win the battle, we won’t hesitate [to do it] with unity…”. He claims that “unconstitutional means” won’t be used. He may as well just shout that parliament is dead and I want to be PM again, gimme, gimme, gimme!

Yingluck ShinawatraNote 3: Meanwhile, also at The Nation, Yingluck stated that “the establishment of a people’s council to reform the country could not be done under the current Constitution.” She urged protesters to leave occupied government buildings and enter into talks with the protest leaders to seek ways forward. That sounds quite reasonable, but will be rejected.

Note 4: Readers will no doubt remember the pained complaints of the Abhisit government and its supporters when red shirts were accused of being too pushy, demanding and scary in dealing with the Chulalongkorn hospital in May 2010. There seems – as yet – no such outrage when the Suthep lot turn off water and power at the police headquarters and the Police Hospital next door. The Bangkok Post reports that People’s Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) and the Dharma Army – these are essentially Chamlong’s Srimuang’s yellow shirts – potentially impacting 500 patients. Meanwhile, the hopelessly hopeless National Human Rights Commission managed to shake its biased and hopeless collective head, but suggested that the power cut was not the work of the nice royalist allies demonstrators.


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