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Time ripe for a third party

For Thailand to progress, each side needs to understand that the other side has valid points that must be addressed in good faith, and I stress "in good faith".

The anti-government protesters, whether Democrat or not, are fed up with Thaksin's massive excesses of corruption and subversion of good governance - for example, seeking to pardon those responsible for the 92 deaths during the 2010 political disturbance just so he could get his conviction for corruption whitewashed. On the other hand, the protesters should recognise that Thaksin addressed many needs of the disadvantaged, like affordable healthcare and low-cost housing.

The time is ripe for a third party to address these deep-felt needs, which are being studiously ignored by the government and the Democrats. The party need not be big to be effective, for it can hold the balance of power. As Margaret Mead noted, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Burin Kantabutra


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