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Thaksin caused the crisis? Don't kid yourself

Thailand is in a precarious situation not because of the Thaksin regime, corruption, the blanket-amnesty bill, rice subsidy programme, first car-buyer policy or parliamentary dissolution. These are merely symptoms. The disease is the battle for power and wealth being waged by the two major political parties.

Despite having plenty of "lifelines" - the Constitutional Court, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Election Commission, the Human Rights Commission and a host of giant companies - one party is losing badly and sees no way of coming back. The other party has a full grip on power and is poised to keep it forever. So the losing party is peacefully inciting violence, raiding government buildings, blocking traffic, and willing to do anything to win back power.

Let's stopping kidding ourselves that Thaksin is the cause of the trouble we are facing. In fact it is the power struggle between two groups of greedy politicians that is to blame.

Somsak Pola

Samut Prakan


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