Abhisit at CNBC

19 01 2014

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is interviewed at CNBC. Watch the video at the CNBC site.

The short story associated with the video clip states that Abhisit “is trying to differentiate its positions from the demands of street demonstrations led by his one-time deputy [Suthep Thaugsuban], saying it isn’t seeking to suspend the country’s democracy.” Amongst other claims, Abhisit says: “We do not actually mind if we lose fair elections. And we’ve always accepted election results…”.

It’s a nice try and suggests that Abhisit thinks a pukka English accent can still fool some foreigners. abhisit and whistle

Readers might find this alternative view on the Democrat Party and elections more enlightening than Abhisit’s excited and disingenuous claims. Dr. Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist from Thammasat University, observes:

If they were still playing within the democratic rules of the game, they would have to contest the election because to run in the polls is a prime duty of a political party. Political parties are different from interest groups and social movements. Political parties exist in order to propose platforms and policies to voters through elections. The Democrats [PPT: they mean Democrat Party] have not only failed in their basic duty as a political party but their supporters will also lose the opportunity to have them as their representatives. About 11-12 million people voted for the Democrat Party in the last election. Moreover, the Democrats will then not be able to perform their duty in the formal political system, which designates politicians to rise to power through elections. Moreover, their proposed reform does not contradict elections. The election is, in other words, a process for proposing a blueprint of reforms for the voters to choose. This is what other developed countries around the world do. There is no such thing as reform without elections.

Back to Abhisit. It is impossible for him to “differentiate” his Democrat Party from the street demonstrators. They are twinned, and always have been. His best mates are on the stage – think Sathit Wongnongtoey – and Abhisit himself and plenty of his party’s senior people have been at the demonstrations and have hustled for the demonstrators. The Democrat Party’s Blue Sky channel is the official broadcaster and provider of paraphernalia for the demonstrators.

We could go on, but it amounts to this: if Abhisit is seeking to “differentiate” then he is fabricating.

The last few moments of the interview are interesting for the total focus on Thaksin Shinawatra as “the problem” for Thailand. For Abhisit, it seems that eliminating Thaksin is the answer to all the contestation of the last decade. That seems to be the anti-democracy movement’s position too. The real problem is exactly what Abhisit denies: he and those clustering around the royalist elite have not accepted electoral politics.

 


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