- Posted December 10, 2013 by
The Disguise of Democracy
The unexpected dissolving of the parliament announced by Yingluck Shinawatra will not satisfy many of the hundreds of thousands now out on the streets of Bangkok. It is part of a solution, one of the protester told me, but the Shinawatra family have to leave Thailand.
By law, the new election must be held within 60 days. There is uncertainty whether the opposition Democrat Party would contest, or boycott the election. Their MPs resigned en masse from parliament on Sunday, this morning they are being evasive. In 2006 the party boycotted an election, causing a deadlock that eventually led to the coup that deposed Ms Yingluck's brother, Mr Thaksin.
The core of the opposition's grievances is the belief that the five consecutive election victories by the governing party were "bought", either by bribes, or through unsustainable, populist policies. But all the data shows clear and strong support in Thailand's north and north-east for the government, and that all the recent election results broadly reflected the will of the majority.
Let me give some examples of Phua Thai Party's unsustainable, populist policies they always heaped upon the voters prior to any election. In the last election for the governorship of the capital city of Bangkok, their candidate promised air-conditioned bus-stops, hourly garbage collection, free flowing traffic on the notoriously and routinely jammed streets, free mass transportation. At the same time promised to put even more buses and garbage trucks to compete with the excessive amount of automobiles, thanks to Yingluck's “first car buying program”, that already jammed on to the street. Mr.Thaksin was so sure of the victory that he announced from abroad that Phua Thai Party will win the election even if he enter a lamp-post into the contest. Better educated Bangkokians by far and large did not buy his false promises and his candidate was soundly defeated.
It may be difficult for The Western Democratic states and medias to understand the real and well known problems of Thailand's election process. The mostly poor and uneducated rural people of the North and North-east were either bribed or lured into voting for Phua Thai Party in every election. Phua Thai Party managed Thailand like a high-financed-high-profit company of their boss, namely Thaksin Shinawatra. The great sum of money they must invested into buying the voters of the rural North and North-east must be earned back by any means. Ethics be damned, constitution be damned, the country be damned. All these are done under the disguise of Democracy. The political system that even the Western States may soon find in need of a total overhauled.