Thai democracy still stuck in 1926 irresponsibility 

your say October 01, 2017 01:00

“I do not think it practicable to consider at this time the organisation of a popular representative parliament in Siam. A workable parliament is absolutely dependent upon an intelligent electorate. Without intelligent control by the people such a body would be sure to degenerate into a corrupt and tyrannical body.” –Dr Francis B Sayre (1885-1972), a Harvard law professor.



“[Until] the people are sufficiently educated to understand their responsibility in the election ... it would be impractical to have a parliamentary government.” –Prince Damrong Rajanubhab (1862-1943), founder of the modern Thai educational system.

Those were advice given to King Rama VII in 1926 when he was pondering when and how to turn the country to a parliamentary system.

It is absolutely unbelievable the statements still hold true to this day after 91 years! We haven’t gone anywhere since then.

Somsak Pola

Samut Prakarn

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