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Red-shirt movement: Lions led by donkeys

Sixty-six per cent of people want a democratic republic for the North. The democratic Yingluck must endorse this even if Thida denied anything like it was on the cards. With the agricultural community in trouble with the rice price drop and the quality questioned by purchases of foreign rice, the drop in income will hit the region. It is said that China/Hong Kong is an example of how the system can work. I doubt that China subsidises Hong Kong. Hong Kong = Red Island might be a good name for the new state.

How will it cope without a Pheu Thai Party government to pay for its populist policies? It will not help if the coalition party formed during this election controls the country, unless they can funnel the money by a backdoor bank to the Red Island.

Were the poor farmers' "votes" for the republic counted recently? The phrase from the First World War comes to mind "Lions led by Donkeys".

RICHARD BOWLER

Bangkok


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