Weak parliament

25 03 2015

An article we saw at the Bangkok Post a few days ago deserves brief mention here.

Almost since the day of the formation of the puppet assemblies and committees to “reform”  Thailand’s politics along lines preferred by the conservative, royalist ruling class, PPT has been posting on how this is an attempt to emasculate political parties, make elections less determining for government and weakening elected civilian politicians. We said the aim was unstable and weak coalitions of small parties, much like those that existed in the 1990s.

At long last, the mainstream media is waking up to this or, at least, is now prepared to express and report it.

The Post report notes that the main political parties, which hardly have any role under the military dictatorship, say that “mixed member proportional representation (MMP) system proposed under the new constitution will enfeeble large political parties and lead to weak and unstable coalition governments prone to falling at any time…”.

When Banthoon Setsirote, “a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee, defend[s]… the adoption of MMP, arguing that coalition governments will help ease political conflict and foster unity,” he means that the elite will be back in charge because the parliament and politicians will be weak and ineffectual.

Thai-style democracy will be the rule.


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