Should law-breakers rule the land during times of transition?
February 09, 2014 00:00
It looks like different commentators want to turn Suthep into a dictator when they over and over again ask about the content of what reforms could be implemented, and cannot live with "vague" suggestions about what might be done.
But wouldn’t it be more democratic for a committee set up with people from all walks of life to be the ones who work on and devise these solutions – while also take seriously suggestions sent in by interested Thais? Of course, a public debate would have to take place through the whole process.
The only way to interpret these commentators, the ‘Respect my vote’ people and all other “vote first” people are that they have faith in Pheu Thai’s reform program, which came from nowhere and was totally without reasons. Could it be that problems will arise if the most needed reforms turn out to sharply contradict Pheu Thai’s politics and their political and democratic practice demonstrated so far?
Sure, setting up a committee is kind of difficult in the current climate. Some suggest help from the UN may be the only acceptable option. I am sure Suthep would agree on that at one point, but now it seems all about gaining as much as possible bargaining power as possible.
If a PM and a government violate laws or the Constitution, are they then legitimate and do they have credibility enough to function as caretaker PM and caretaker governmemt? If the answer is no, the political transition proceedings surely need a real overhaul, a real reform to avoid lawbreakers ruling the country in a transitional period.