A “socialist” party rejected because of its name

EC [Election Commission] member Sodsri Sattayatham said on Sunday that a person wanted to register a political party with the EC about three months ago, but the application was rejected due to its name.

She said a ‘socialist’ party could be defined as a ‘communist’ party, and the commission ruled that the name may violate democracy.

Mrs Sodsri called on the national security agencies to monitor the activities of people who tried to set up a party under a socialist system with a different name. (Bangkok Post)

A name that “may violate democracy”… ! ? ;-)Another weird news…

I guess this little incident could be seen as a “collateral damage” after our dashing Prime Minister woke up last week, inside the time machine, surrounded by bloody commies, bolcheviks, in a burning Bangkok with Bell UH-1D Huey helicopters flying like flies.

It was not a bad dream. It was 1975 revisited.

In military fatigue, exhausted, the young oxford educated politician said : “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”… Before to add : “But better bred than dread. I mean better dead than red !”

And before to kick general Westmorland in the balls.

Peace. And love.

And Johnnie Walker Black Label. 😉

6 Responses to “A “socialist” party rejected because of its name”

  1. 1 banphai 3 May 2009 at 4:10 pm

    In New Zealand, my previous home-country, many of the national and local politicians and officials make stupid decisions, get involved in corruption and hold essentially ignorant and weird ideas about the world – just as in Thailand. May be the difference is that in New Zealand they are more subtle and less forthcoming in public. It’s almost refreshing to watch the openness and naivety here which often seems to be fostered by the general lack of awareness of the implications of their more blatant stupidities and perhaps encouraged even more by the few channels available for people to respond and the underlying cultural taboo on controversy. For me, Mrs Sattayatham’s reported statement is a typical example. Usually I manage to restrain myself from pointless reactions which can only serve to bolster the view that farangs have no business telling Thais how to behave, but …..I failed to resist posting this comment below the article in the Bangkok Post:
    “It’s hard to believe that a senior government official could so lacking in education as to be unaware of the huge difference between socialism and communism. Mrs Sodsri Sattayatham must know that socialism is all about economic issues and is not a political system, which is, of course, the essence of communism. This distinction is crucial, and I can only assume that in ignoring it, her intentions are mischievous and motivated by a fear that the Thai electorate will seek a more egalitarian government in the next elections. Socialism strongly promotes democracy and, using democratic mechanisms, seeks to reduce the concentration of wealth and power in a handful of the elite. It has nothing to do with the totalitarian and undemocratic behaviour associated with communist regimes which so often ruthlessly resort to controlling people by censorship and intimidation. Interestingly, these are also the tools of fascism and ones which Mrs Sattayatham herself appears to favour.”
    I guess I am posting it here by way of a confession.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 3 May 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Bizarre, just bizarre.

    Normal for Thailand.


  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 3 May 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Very true Banphai… The word “ingenuity” is appropriate too.

  4. 4 fall 3 May 2009 at 7:21 pm

    And on last election, there was an Artist Party…
    This affront my artistic sense.

    She is one sad, old crone.

  5. 5 antipadshist 7 May 2009 at 11:09 am

    the first “false flag” to launch “reconciliation” ? 😉

    Fake bomb in Bangkok

  6. 6 Tarrin 9 May 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Socialist = communist???

    What the F*** were they thinking….. yeah if that’s the case, the Scandinavian might be the last surviving commie!!! yeah they are!!

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