1.VOTE BUYING. Vote buying happens when political parties of
the elites lack any concrete policies. They then have to buy votes to
get support. The Democrat Part traditionally has never put forward any
concrete policies, unlike Thai Rak Thai. Of course TRT and Pua Thai are
parties of big business and we shouldn’t support them either.
PEOPLES’ GOVERNMENT. Sutep claims he wants a Peoples’ Government. But
he and his supporters want a return to the Absolute Monarchy, a military
coup, and they view most of the population with contempt.
CORRUPTION. Sutep and his mates only talk about Taksin’s corruption.
But he doesn’t look at himself. He ignores rampant corruption in the
military and the legal corruption of the Royal Family.
STATE SPENDING ON MEGA-PROJECTS. Sutep and the neo-liberal Democrats,
are against government spending on a new high speed railway system. In
the past they opposed the government rice subsidy and the universal
health care system. They never, however, oppose huge military and palace
spending. While in office in the past, they failed to invest in
improving infrastructure and society. Bangkok’s terrible traffic and the
gap between rich and poor is their legacy.
POPULISM. Sutep says he opposes “Populism” as though policies which the
people support because of the benefits are somehow wrong. Yet he talks
about a Peoples’ Government!
GOOD PEOPLE. Sutep and his Absolute Monarchy protesters talk about the
need for the country to be led by “good people”. Yet all over the world
and in Thailand, those who order the shooting of unarmed pro-democracy
demonstrators, like Sutep did, are deemed to be CRIMINALS.
สำหรับดิอิโคโนมิสต์ ฉบับดังกล่าว มีบทความเกี่ยวกับประเทศไทย เรื่อง
The exile and the kingdom (ผู้พลัดถิ่นและราชอาณาจักร)
ว่าด้วยสถานการณ์การเมืองไทยปัจจุบัน พร้อมเสนอทางแก้ปัญหาว่า รัฐบาล