The Nation



Avoiding the obvious

Re: "'Election must go ahead'", Politics, December 16

"Suggestions and promises filled a meeting room in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre yesterday, where most participants said the best way to solve the political crisis was to hold a general election on February 2 next year. In the government-hosted forum to find solutions to end the current impasse, politicians, academics and red-shirt leaders also agreed that talks on reforms should continue to ease groups' differences over the long-term."

In a country that has failed to get the act which divided the nation settled in court in the last seven years, how long will it take the new government with only a commitment to "talks on reforms" to get around to taking any actions? On the basis of an election in the current flawed democracy, at least 50 years.

The recently aborted bills give an idea of what might be expected if the recent administration is returned - and the red-shirt villages loom if they are not.

Until Thaksin gets his day in court the problems will remain.

Richard Bowler


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