Bowornsak unable to distinguish between election and appointment

26 02 2015

Some of the nonsense that emanates for anti-democrats claiming to be “democrats” involve remarkable logical contortions, although we doubt they see it that way. So banal, so isolated and so self-important, we are sure they are blind to their own ridiculousness.

We know that Bowornsak Uwanno is a constitutions writer for hire to military dictatorships and other royalists, and writing constitutions to deny civilian representation is his daily bread. His capacity for grabbing the cash and giving autocrats what they want is seared in the annals of Thailand’s sorry legal history.

We almost choked on our joke (the rice variety, โจ๊ก) when we read that Bowornsak has the audacity to lecture the media on a point that makes him appear even more ludicrous and bought than usual.

The military dictatorship’s chairman of the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee told the media to stop describing the next Senate as “unelected.” He prefers “indirectly elected.”

Bowornsak and friends

Bowornsak and the military working together

Khaosod states that the “CDC announced yesterday that the next Senate will be a fully-appointed body under the new charter.”

Describing a senate of 200 members, half of whom will be chosen by the council of “experts,” the latter chosen by unknown means, “other Senators will be appointed by former high-level politicians and bureaucrats such as prime ministers, military commanders, parliament speakers, judicial leaders, and representatives from other civic organizations” sounds like unelected to us.

Bowornsak can package “unelected” however nonsensically he likes, but the senate is a throwback to the time when the military controlled the senate to prevent elected politicians exercising any popular power.


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28 02 2015
Unelected PM and other anti-democratic plans | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] We recently posted on the unelected senate that will work to keep the military at the center of power. If that wasn’t sufficient in the rolling back of electoral politics some 25 years, the puppet Constitution Drafting Committee has now approved a non-elected prime minister. […]

28 02 2015
Unelected PM and other anti-democratic plans | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] We recently posted on the unelected senate that will work to keep the military at the center of power. If that wasn’t sufficient in the rolling back of electoral politics some 25 years, the puppet Constitution Drafting Committee has now approved a non-elected prime minister. […]

25 05 2015
Disingenuous Bowornsak | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Bowornsak has trampled on the memory of those who died under military guns in 1992, demonstrated an incapacity to distinguish between elected and appointed parliamentarians, considered politicized royalist courts unimpeachable, been a messenger to the US for military […]

25 05 2015
Disingenuous Bowornsak | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Bowornsak has trampled on the memory of those who died under military guns in 1992, demonstrated an incapacity to distinguish between elected and appointed parliamentarians, considered politicized royalist courts unimpeachable, been a messenger to the US for military […]