Superb summary of rice scheme and Thai democracy

your say August 31, 2017 01:00

Re: “Rice verdict and the shortcomings of Thai democracy”, The Nation yesterday. 

Tulsathit Taptim writes that, “what really counts is that the country has a system in which influential suspects are tried and judged for what they do, not who they are. Without that kind of system, democracy is useless. In other words, any democracy without such a system is vulnerable if not totally fake.”

Absolutely superb article.


I agree with you. This article reframes the facts and highlights the flaws of the Thai democracy.


The flaws of Thai democracy, or the flaw of Thailand?

It has little to do with democracy, and more with the general corruption and power of influential people in Thailand, no matter the political system.


But when politicians are corruptors and corrupted themselves, this is not good for a democracy.


Great article. It actually states why the sentences were given, but I am sure we will see all the Pheu Thai, red shirt and Thaksin apologists trying to tear it apart. What the defendants did isn’t in question at all. We all know they did the wrong thing, but as we are not party to the full details we can only guess at the evidence that was presented. Obviously, the judges know exactly what they did and issued justice accordingly. The Yingluck verdict will be the big one. I hope they actually dish out all the facts from both trials so everyone can see how they reached their decisions. It will be very interesting to see what the truth is. Hopefully, a lot of the disunity in the country will be halted when people can see why and how the judges reached the conclusions they did.


Damn right! Thaksin apologists had better listen up, as this is no joking matter. We must take this justice system seriously.



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