Caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra believes she is the last bastion of Thai democracy and that she and her family members enjoy unchallengeable authority over the majority needed to form a parliament.
They could have governed Thailand forever by dangling carrots in front of ministry officials, the Army and police. Their iron grip would have been completed had independent agencies and judges also been in their pockets.
Despite UK ex-prime minister Tony Blair warning them that majority rule did not mean “winner takes all”, but that respect should also be given to the minority, they went ahead and passed the infamous amnesty bill and ill-considered amendments to the charter. Their manoeuvring blew up in their faces and gave cause for Suthep Thaugsuban to bring simmering public resentment to the boil.
PM Yingluck must now be wishing she had never heard of the amnesty bill. Without it, we could have continued on with our half-baked democracy and GDP growth for 2014 of 5 per cent. Now, 2 per cent is being touted, though some quarters fear recession.