lørdag 14. desember 2013

”Democracy or dictatorship in Thailand?”

Democracy is a frail thing. It is like a plant you have to nurse and take care of if it is to have flowers and fruit.

Democracy in Thailand has no long history in Thailand, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Assembly_of_Thailand

Thaksin Shinawatra was not a perfect Prime Minister. He orchestrated the extrajudicial killings of about 2.800 people in the drug business. Drugs are still a major problem in Thailand as elsewhere in the world. He was accused of corruption in 2001 and acquitted by the Constitutional Court. While abroad he was ousted in a military coup in 2006. and the courts found him guilty of corruption and in absentia he was sentenced to two years in jail. You have to ask yourself what did the courts do in the years between 2001 and 2006? Maybe the courts were biased and afraid of going against the ruling power?

Still Thaksin was reelected several times. The Democrats have not won an election since 1992.

If you want to have democracy you have to follow democratic rules. As a politician you can like it or not, but that is what you have to do.

There is much scheming going on now, especially among the non-government side. Much of the scheming is of judicial character due to the fact that the judicial system is biased.

The Senate or Upper House consists of 150 members – 76 elected and 74 appointed members. The Yingluck government wanted to change the Senate to a fully elected Senate. The 74 appointed members must at least have a bachelor’s degree, and there are other qualifications, too. The proposal of changing the constitution to a fully elected Senate was stopped by the Senate. The last development is that the NAAC (the National Association of Anti Corruption) works on checking if some 380 lawmakers supporting this by voting for a change can be banned from politics. This is really Amazing Thailand or A Maze in Thailand.

Democracy is a frail thing. It remains to be seen if it can grow in Thailand. At least Suthep Thaugsuban is a poor gardener: ”Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of the anti-government protest, warned Friday that if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ignores the demand for her to step down, she will be forced by "people's power" to do so.” http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Yingluck-will-be-forced-to-stand-down-30222049.html

There are two English newspapers on the Internet, the Nation and Bangkok Post. Both of them are mostly anti government and pro Suthep. As the judicial system they are biased, and you cannot believe that their description of what happens is correct.

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