Respect your vote? Look where it got us

your say January 31, 2014 00:00

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