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"Soft coup" beckons

Prime Minister Yingluck might cry "democracy" as much as her brother, but the populace begins to understand that real democracy does not mean winner takes all.

The supporters of the "Thaksin regime", who voted for him because he was the first to address their problems, understand now that after the initial Bt1-million-tambon, Bt30-healthcare and Otop schemes, their lot has not improved as much as promised.

Now we have a genuine mob, one that has not been brainwashed or paid, but is simply disgusted by the government mega-thieves and their puppet master. These people understand that this government will bring Thailand to its knees, creating a crisis the size of Greece's, but with no European Union to rescue it. The demonstrators got their chance when the government had the audacity to present a blanket amnesty to whitewash all its misdeeds and - adding insult to injury - those of the arch-thief Thaksin Shinawatra.

In former times those wrongs were righted by a military coup. Nowadays coups are not fashionable. Since Yingluck won't quit, Thailand will - hopefully - have its first "soft coup". The military won't have to leave the barracks.

With December 5 falling tomorrow, Yingluck has the perfect excuse to bow out and be credited for having brought peace before this auspicious day.

Let's hope that this time she'll do the right thing.

Clara Holzer

Bangkok


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