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Covid plus lack of democracy ‘spells disaster’ for Thailand

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1 hour ago, KarenBravo said:

You are calling the Scandinavian countries inefficient? The citizens are clearly willing to pay high taxes to ensure a social safety net and to stop wealth inequality getting out of hand.

 

Witness the difference where US citizens that have lost their jobs are eventually going to run out of money, even though the government has spent more than  three trillion dollars (how very socialist of them) on them.

The Scandinavians in contrast don't have that fear, nor do they fear the cost of health emergencies that can wipe-out a life-times worth of savings.

Santa Monica is looking like a refugee camp these days, thousands homeless

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8 hours ago, Tarteso said:

Since 1932 Thailand has had 25 generals election, 20 constitutions, 19 coups d’etat,  

the last one in 2014. Maths speaks for itself...

Democracy is not something Thailand can handle. They're better off being told what to do than thinking for themselves. 

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41 minutes ago, Denim said:

 

Wrong. If you cast your mind back the protests started to stop the government granting an amnesty to everyone including Thaksin. The protests did not originally start with a view to overthrowing the elected government.

 

However , once the original anti amnesty protests gathered momentum Suthep and the military saw their opportunity and hi jacked the protests for their own agenda. Many people manning the barricades to the north of the government buildings were annoyed at this usurpation of leadership by Suthep ( with support from Prayuth behind the scenes ) since his objectives to overthrow the elected government were not part of their own programme. 

 

Suthep himself stated that he and the military had been planning a coup behind the scenes before the protests started but they quickly saw that they would not get a better chance.

 

How many times did pro yellow supporters complain that Phua Thai did not have the support of the overwhelming majority of the Thai voters. How many times did I read on TV threads that the democrats were just a stones throw behind Phua Thai and that they could close the gap at the next election. But no. Too risky. Why chance yet another defeat at the polls when you can engineer yet another coup only this time make it stick. Grab power, write a new constitution , grant yourself  an amnesty , ( oh the irony ) rig the ' elections ' , disqualify any new threatening parties that come along on trumped up charges and make things even less transparent then they were. As for money wasted, well lets not start on military expenditure and nepotism or we'll be here all night.

 

Thaksin ...the lesser of two evils .............absolutely. No contest , not even close.

Taksin is a crook only in it for what he can get out of it. Any supporter of his must be of the same ilk. 

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The Powers have their own agenda and using the Virus as a front.
Only the powers know what their end-goal is. Even if it means throwing people into financial ruin.

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I have a headache. And I’m glad I chose to stay. The US dollar is being reset to gold. Chit chat of by by to the fed reserve. It’s going to get more difficult. Thai people will force change.  

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On 5/23/2020 at 6:30 AM, rooster59 said:

Speaking on the anniversary of the 2014 coup, Assist Prof Anusorn Tamajai, director of the Economic and Business Research Centre at the Institute of Economics, Rangsit University, said there had been no concrete evidence of reforms in the country over the past six years.

 

On 5/23/2020 at 6:30 AM, rooster59 said:

To solve the crisis, all sides – government and opposition, progressives and conservatives, authoritarian and pro-democracy – must put the people’s suffering first and stop using their hardship as a tool to gain political power, said Anusorn

 

On 5/23/2020 at 6:30 AM, rooster59 said:

he added, and employ people who are knowledgeable, capable, honest and diligent to govern.

 

On 5/23/2020 at 6:30 AM, rooster59 said:

Governance should also be more open to opinions from opposition voices on resolving the economic crisis, while authorities should not seek to centralise power via a coup or other means as this would add a political crisis to the list of national difficulties and lead to national catastrophe.

All very good points... unfortunately the master has a different outlook.

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9 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Prof Anusorn, who is also a pro-democracy campaigner, said the government should use the current crisis to reform the nation and restore harmony as the 2017 Constitution has no clear context or mechanism to shape Thailand into a developed democratic country.

I think in the present climate, world-wide, even the so-called Pro-Democracy crowd are actually Pro-Dictatorship as long as they get one of the chairs when when the music stops in this game of Musical Virus Lockdowns.  Democracy.  <laughs>.  Look around the world right now and see how "Democracy" has worked out.  Sweden, Belarus, and a few other - but that's about it.  All the other "Democracies?"  They ain't.

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Well spoken words and in my eyes some kind of a solution if it ever happens . But to celabrate something that didn't bring any change in 6 years is a bit over the top i think . 

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9 hours ago, smedly said:

great piece and hits the nail right bang center on the head 

And that's where several of them need to be hit.

Smack bang in the middle of the head.

But then again. 

No sense no feeling. 

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