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Respect your vote? Look where it got us

The most popular catch phrase in Thailand today seems to be "Respect my vote".

Allow me to respond to this oft-used entreaty.

Why should I respect anyone's vote when it has turned my country into one of the world's most corrupt societies?

Wasn't it their vote that helped transform my country's democracy into a plutocratic form of government?

Wasn't it their vote that has given us a prime minister that is just a puppet-on-a-string for a fugitive criminal who lives tens of thousands of kilometres away?

Hence, my curt response to those who ask me to respect their vote is, "Why should I?"

Vint Chavala


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