Ref: "Compromise and negotiation the only way out of Thailand's crisis", Opinion, February 8.
Nisid Hajari of Bloomberg has missed one important revelation from the results of the February 2 election – that the likelihood of the family political party of Pheu Thai (PT) losing an election now appears likely.
Out of 43 million eligible voters (46 per cent), excluding nine southern districts, 20 million went to the polls, 3 million voted “no” and 2.4 million votes were invalid. Only 14 million voted for PT candidates and fringe parties. About 23 million (54 per cent) ignored the election.
Based on the past, 30 per cent of the 23 million (7 million people) habitually ignore any election, leaving 16 million convinced by Suthep of giving this election a miss. In conclusion, anti-government votes amounted to 19 million – 3 million of “vote no” plus 16 million “no vote” – while PT and the fringe commanded only 14 million.
In the last election in 2011, PT and others commanded 15 million and 4 million respectively. In sum, defeat is in sight for PT and especially so when this estimate does not take into account the nine southern districts that are the opposition’s stronghold.
No compromise is necessary and the tears of the farmers who have been defaulted on by this government have done their work. Now, one can go back to the rule of the majority with care for the feelings of the minority, for a change.