The crisis panel (again)

19 01 2016

In a holiday venue and close to one seat of royal power, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has begun to look like wealthy Andy Capps.

Andy Capp is said to be “a pun on the local pronunciation of ‘handicap’; and the surname ‘Capp’ signifies how Andy’s cap always covered his eyes along with, metaphorically, his vision in life.”Andy

The CDC is not only crudely elitist, but is princely lazy and has the vision of a person blindfolded.

Making a fashion statement, the CDC members seem unable to do anything other than recite “ideas” that are so predictably authoritarian and lazy that they make the lazy cartoon character look like a dynamo and an Einstein.

Pretty much everything they have expounded on in the draft constitution follows the anti-democrat bleating of the past few years, characterized by elitist ideology, arcane notions of hierarchy, loyalty and monarchy and nonsensical and outdated stereotypes of the persons they consider deserving of their political and economic location in the lower classes.

Andy Capps

The Bangkok Post has begun reporting that the “highly controversial crisis panel proposal will reappear.” Some claimed it was this proposal for yet another unelected body, intended to break a political impasse, was the reason the earlier draft was ditched by the military junta. The Post claims that the “panel would have included the military top brass but was seen as undemocratic. It is thought to be one of the reasons the previous draft charter was rejected by the National Reform Council, now defunct.”

In fact, pretty much the whole constitution is “undemocratic.” Yet it was clear that Thailand’s ruling elite wanted a provision that could “prolong the military junta’s power,” create “a state within a state” and “legitimise coups.”

As we have posted previously, the draft constitution is putting in place unlected and unrepresentative bodies that can bring down a government or direct it for elite interests, much as royal intervention has been able to do in the past. The claims we made in both of our previous posts are confirmed in this story.

Further, the Post suggests that the “CDC is also expected to consider a proposal calling for intervention from the heads of the country’s three courts — the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court — when there is a political stalemate involving the government.”

In essence, elected politicians simply will not matter in a Thailand that will be in the hands of unelected elites.


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22 01 2016
The military’s medicine | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Thailand’s own Andy Capp, Meechai Ruchupan is now well into his eighth decade, but he still seems to believe that he is on target – like one of Andy’s darts – to deliver a political bull’s eye for the military, monarchy, their tycoons and the frightened middle class. […]

22 01 2016
The military’s medicine | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Thailand’s own Andy Capp, Meechai Ruchupan is now well into his eighth decade, but he still seems to believe that he is on target – like one of Andy’s darts – to deliver a political bull’s eye for the military, monarchy, their tycoons and the frightened middle class. […]