Abhisit made a speech on democracy at St John’s College (Oxford University). It was followed by a Q&A session.
A few comments.
“I can’t tell how fast the Thai democracy will progress. Looking back at the Western experiences, you’ll find that it took centuries,” Abhisit said.
“Most importantly, democracy in Thailand will no longer go backward. Thai people are now at the crossroads. Be assured that the people have taken the right path and will go ahead despite some obstacles,” he said. (Nation)
What the hell does it mean ? Cheap rethoric, empty words used like russian dolls. Different interpretations possible. A classic of cheap politicians.
-in the West, it took centuries. So we have to understand that in Thailand it will take centuries too ?
-The thai democracy will no longer be moving backward… what allows Abhisit to think this ? And what about moving… forward ?
-crossroads between what ?
-people took the right path. How ? And toward which direction ? A path leads to somewhere.
-“ahead” this is the direction according to Abhisit, but there are “some obstacles”. Which ones ?
The premier responded that the law could be compared to a defamation law for ordinary people, due to the fact that the monarchy had no legal channel to defend itself against defamation.
He pointed out that there were similar laws in European countries.
Here, I would be cautious, because those are Nation’s words (I’m waiting for the verbatim)… In any case, Abhisit uses the old argument : this law is necessary because the monarchy has no legal mean to defend itself against defamation. And he gives us the same idiotic story : in Europe too you have this kind of law !
He’s like a child : “mumy, I did something wrong, but I’m not alone, other people did it too “. Again, cheap childish rethoric.
Abhisit should tell us (because he knows apparently Europe so well ) : do we send people to jail for lese-majeste, like Thailand is currently doing ? Do we ?
It’s a pity that no one asked him a very simple question : thanks to the lese-majeste law, a thai police officer was able to fill a complaint, on 3 different occasions, against a BBC journalist (J.Head).
Is it normal ? Is it media harassment ? Personal vendetta ? Is it plain stupidity from one lunatic official ? What Abhisit is thinking about it ?
And the same police officer filled a lese-majeste complaint against… Jakrapob (thai politician, friend of Thaksin).
Is there a link ? Is it a mere coincidence ? If not what is it then ? Still personal vendetta ? Or harassment of a politician ?
What Abhisit is thinking about this ? Where are the democracy, the rule of law, the “right path” bla bla bla in those facts ?
Abhisit, don’t forget : there is no spoon. You are part of the Matrix. You live in the Potemkin Village.
You’re fooling only yourself.