Reds don't understand democracy
Re: "A Watchdog to bite voters", Letters, January 22.
Bangkok Dave provides valuable insights into the ludicrous statements of the Utterly Deranged Dictatorship (UDD) that is now taking root firmly throughout all sectors of the Shinawatra clan's crony government, which now, of course, wants its slice of the Big Mango, too, or just most of it.
Just remember, all that evil needs to thrive is for good men to do nothing and fail to act.
Non-Pheu Thai Bangkok voters, just don't show up at the potential big rumble on polling day. The UDD is trying to ensure just that, nothing more. It's bullying, pressure, leverage, insurance or whatever you wish to label it.
Don't want to be hassled by them for not voting their way? How close can they be allowed into polling areas? Can others see how votes are cast and threaten retribution or take pictures or videos in polling stations or parking areas?
Will the police show any likelihood of ensuring a fair and free election or will they, in classic tomato police style, simple wash their hands (possibly for a pay-out and/or payback) of the whole thing and claim ignorance or lack of jurisdiction?
I am not making any statement regarding particular candidates for Bangkok governor. Let the democratic process decide that, free from interference.
Bangkok Dave has sorted out the matter fairly, explicitly and accurately. The UDD is no more than a political wing of the allied red shirts and Pheu Thai Party as per the "Communist Handbook's Road to Revolution". Thida is true to her communist training and propagandistic revolutionary training. She's simply been effectively programmed.
It attempts to accomplish what neither of its partners can maintain - a veneer of impartiality, social and political reform and political activism for the forgotten and failed freedoms of Thailand's poor and disenfranchised within the context of the nation's failure at establishing a meaningful and effective form of democracy. And yet it was established for, and is blatantly manipulated by, one of its wealthiest clans.
At least one thing is for sure if nothing else: it won't happen with the current cast of criminals, er, I mean characters, at the helm.
The police will be happy to allow the UDD the same liberty they allowed the red shirts during their Bangkok takedown of 2010 - total access and ensuing anarchy, just like the current state of Bangkok's traffic. Just today I witnessed a man chasing another down a main Sukhumvit artery swinging a golf club at him openly down the street.
No biggie, yet this is the first time I've witnessed such open violent acts in public here for over a decade. It's an indication it's becoming much more dangerous - Bangkok Dangerous.
If the EC and police show any backbone and integrity at all, they would disallow such a move in clear violation of international and Thai election laws and standards. The police, EC and BMA should form a joint task force (work together; how dare it be!) along with invited representatives from the media to report objectively on events on polling day.
You think there's someone, somewhere who would pay quite a bit for the political reins to the Democrat stronghold of Bangkok?
Hmm, wonder who?
Bizarre But True