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  Anyone that doesn't understand the beneficial influence that Britain had on the world really doesn't know history........ Luckily they were instrumental in stopping Thailand being colonized....... and thankfully stopping us all from barking at each other in German or kissing blokes like the French...... The largest and longest enduring Empire the world had ever seen, run by less people than the staff of Big C........  

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2 hours ago, SupermarineS6B said:

  Anyone that doesn't understand the beneficial influence that Britain had on the world really doesn't know history........ Luckily they were instrumental in stopping Thailand being colonized....... and thankfully stopping us all from barking at each other in German or kissing blokes like the French...... The largest and longest enduring Empire the world had ever seen, run by less people than the staff of Big C........  

Longest enduring? I don't think so.

The Roman empire endured for far, far longer. As did the Ottoman empire.

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22 hours ago, KarenBravo said:

For democracy to work properly, it needs an educated and informed electorate.

Uneducated people are easily manipulated by populist politicians.

Whether Thailand is ready for a democracy that functions as intended, I'll leave up to you.

Very good point on education.............today I plan to ask gf & a few giks if the earth is flat or round.

I have been watching a few Distance Learning sessions and have seen how willing Gran Ma is to directly assist her charge with the tasks and how easy she was able to maintain the focus & discipline required during home schooling.

 

Thailand is not ready for a democracy and fortunate to have had an ex military man at the helm to make things happen against all the odds. 

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2 hours ago, smudger1951 said:

I'm back here in the UK and very happy with that. Thailand is for thai people, maybe you forgot that. Political change is still by the ballot box here.

What political change are you referring to? There is no change just different characters singing the same old songs. Anyway in two generations the UK will have a different song though when the UK becomes the first European country to have elected democratically a majority Muslim party. God Save the King.

 

I agree Thailand is for the Thai people no matter their ethnic origins. However that logic does not appear to be working out in the UK.

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4 hours ago, KarenBravo said:

Longest enduring? I don't think so.

The Roman empire endured for far, far longer. As did the Ottoman empire.

But their staff were much larger than that of BigC not to mention the loss of innocent life & liberty.

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6 hours ago, SupermarineS6B said:

Guess who gets the blame ?   Only a fool can't see what's coming here........Soon......

I guess I'm a fool then.   The only thing I can think of worst case is permanently closed borders except for members of the CCP meaning the Domino effect has still to be completed.

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6 hours ago, EricTh said:

Is there true democracy in this world with gerry-mandering, military coup, political silencing etc?

 

 

No there is not.

For an effective democracy you still need a well thought out constitution to hold the elected accountable to and which cannot be exploited.

For a "true" democracy you would need voters with equal status in all respects - even then voters would subvert the democratic process by forming alliances to advance their mutual benefits & at the same time justify their lobbying fees.

 

I guess we could all not vote - join the grey economy - stop using smart phones and the internet - and get real friendly with a Doctor and a gun smith.

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What is happening? All the stuff we are not allowed to talk about in one article. And usually when you say something it's the guys jumping on someone, if you don't like Thailand, then there is the door. 

 

Finally, a official news article about it sticking up for the people!

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A post using a disallowed trolling reference to the PM has been removed. 

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19 hours ago, Mung said:

And so an army general that clearly did not win enough seats, being in power still is a democracy? What about the people of the UK being allowed to voice their opinion about any political or royal figure, without the threat of punishment; democracy? I would like to see you head outside and voice your opinions on the street of Thailand, and see how that goes for you 

Talking and criticism is not democracy, its exercising free speech, different thing altogether.  Thailand has that, within very wide boundaries, just see local social media.   Why would I, a guest in this country, go out on the streets to protest over something? That would be both impolite to my hosts and stupid. I am neither. 

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5 hours ago, smudger1951 said:

I'm back here in the UK and very happy with that. Thailand is for thai people, maybe you forgot that. Political change is still by the ballot box here.

of course Thailand is for the Thais, why should I have forgotten that obvious fact, but I am happy to be a temporary guest here during this present madness. 

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