Royalist “compromise”

10 02 2014

A cunning bit of running interference for the royalist elite and the palace is reported at The Nation. Mahidol University lecturer Gothom Arya, called a “high-profile peace advocate,” is said to have “called for an independent royal committee to be established to launch the national reform process.”

He reckoned Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should “endorse the proposal and present it to His Majesty the King so the committee was recognised by law.”

Speaking at the royalist King Prajadhipok’s Institute, Gothom “said the committee’s members would not be chosen by the government and could only be removed by the courts.”

He is reported to be:

critical of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s attempt to create an unelected “people’s council” to steer the country, labelling the proposal vague.

Why is Gothom taking this up? He is one of those middle-of-the-road royalists who like to be seen as “neutral arbiters.” Others of this ilk include Prawase Wasi and, until he let his guard down several times and revealed his hard anti-liberal edge, Anand Punyarachun.

Gothom may be sincere and he may be truly concerned. However, his claim that a royally-appointed committee be set up is actually no different from the other anti-democratic plan. It is no political compromise.

Appointing a royal committee would probably suit the Suthep Thaugsuban lot just nicely, because their repeated calls for royal intervention would be answered. As the report points out, like the Suthep proposal, Gothom forgot to explain “how the royal committee’s members would be selected.”

If Gothom’s suggestion is followed, it would be another royal political intervention with the same result: a turning back to the hierarchical and elitist patterns of the past.

Gothom’s history is “liberal royalist,” but see his Wikileaked comments on the coup and Thai Rak Thai as well as his membership of the junta-appointed interim National Legislative Assembly.


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