Re: “Govt ‘mistakes to blame for declining popularity’”, The Nation, December 4.
The Nation: “While the junta government might have made several attempts to ensure its long-term grip on power, even after elections via specially designed parliamentary mechanisms, it was eroding its own legitimacy, critics said.”
It is fascinating to see how blatantly the power-grab by the military in the new constitution is being talked about (“specially designed parliamentary mechanisms”) these days, both in The Nation and the Other Newspaper. I assume that Thai-language media is equally forthcoming.
This is the problem with having military people in charge of governments; there are examples of generals going on to lead governments effectively (Eisenhower in the US for example), but it is the exception rather than the rule.
The current Thai government’s competence and legitimacy are being widely questioned, and history shows that once that process begins, it is rare for it to be reversed by any government, even the most deftly managed ones.
The Nation: “Police said they were looking for more suspects who had
‘created difficulties’ for the premier as
he attended a Cabinet meeting in Songkhla.”
The quote above is a textbook example of what not to do. The premier has left the South and the dispute is over. However, the desire to punish has overridden common sense and the story of the bad visit continues.
The next year will be very interesting...