The elite’s constitution

31 08 2015

A couple of days ago, PPT posted Ji Ungpakorn’s take on the military junta’s draft constitution. Apart from the basic unrepresentative nature of the charter, its attack on electoral politics, its military tutelage and its origins in a military coup, the “constitution draft reflects more obviously the wish of the elites to entrench their power in Thai politics.”

An important “innovation” in maintaining elite rule is opposition to it has to do with the proposed National Strategic Reform and Reconciliation Committee, the “crisis committee.

Military hireling has “explained” why he thinks the crisis committee is required. He fears that the junta’s constitution will ignite conflict – he means opposition – “during the referendum process … in January 2016…”. His biggest fear is that opposition will emerge against elements of the constitution that the military has made central: controls on political parties, “independent” organizations, undemocratic and unelected swill having control.

Wissanu explains that the crisis committee is required to “control” and prevent opposition to elite control of politics:

Any sign of renewed political conflict would have to be stopped right away, without a coup, and that was why the National Strategic Reform and Reconciliation Committee was needed — to serve Thai society….

He means to serve the elite in society.

Yet even when there is no “conflict,” Wissanu explains that:

… the panel has the power to tell the government to do anything for the sake or reform and reconciliation. The government must comply with its requests if the panel confirms its decisions.

Wissanu and his military bosses expect to control politics into the future, for the elite.


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