Whenever Surin Pitsuwan gets into the public spotlight it is a pretty good bet that he is in campaign mode. Last time he surfaced in domestic politics, he was campaigning for leadership in the (anti)Democrat Party and for prime minister, hoping that the anti-democrat street protests would propel him upward.
PPT has quite a lot of posts that mention Surin, and these indicate that he has been a dedicated royalist. In one of our Wikileaks posts, in a cable dated 9 March 2006, then Democrat Party Deputy Leader and former Foreign Minister Surin is headlined as having “voiced his hope that the Palace would convince Prime Minister Thaksin [Shinawatra] to step down.” As the cable had it:
… Surin said that he hoped that someone such as Privy Council Chairman General Prem Tinsulanonda would be able to weigh in with the Palace’s authority to persuade Thaksin to go for the sake of the country’s stability. He opined that otherwise Thaksin will not likely go without being pushed. If Article 7 comes into play, Surin said, the King could appoint a new Prime Minister and “fair and transparent” elections be scheduled…. The Ambassador asked if the DP had lines through to the Palace towards this eventuality. Surin said he thought not, but that the DP was “hopeful” that the Palace would decide “enough is enough” and tell Thaksin to go.
Then he was campaigning for a royal political intervention, mainly because his own party simply couldn’t get elected in a fit.
Later, still in royalist mode, he campaigned for royal recognition by heading the campaign to raise $6 million for a Thailand program at Harvard, characterized as a means of promoting Thailand’s monarchy and national interests.
Very much in that mode of international campaigning for the monarchy and its military dictatorship, Surin has been “speaking to audiences at UNCTAD Geneva and UNESCO Paris. He highlighted HM the King’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) in the context of globalization and applying it to the principle of sustainable development’s cultures and values.”
All very ho hum and predictable we hear readers saying. True, but in looking at the tripe Surin has uttered on this sufficiency economy nonsense, we can only assume that this time he is campaigning for a seat at the privy council.
Take this one piece of horse manure as an example: “In Thailand we are following this Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in a very conscientious way.”
One doesn’t even need to consider the criticisms of the sufficiency economy as practice and ideology to know that this statement is a fabrication.
We hope it is a padded seat he gets for his craven work for the monarchy and the military regime.