Abhisit’s platitude du jour : “If we succeed, people will be satisfied”

The broken mechanical puppet continues the show : upbeat, recovery, dynamism, stimulus, growth, hope, etc. Abhisit is like a machine, repeating ad nauseam a few keywords, perfectly empty.

Latest show in Singapore.

The Thai economy should return to positive growth later this year with recovery by 2010, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told leading business executives during his visit to Singapore on Monday.

He said the government’s stimulus package would lead to the creation of 1.5 to 2 million jobs.

1,5 to 2 millions jobs ? Why not 4 millions ? Or 8 millions ? Last week it was 400 000, or 1,2 million. The figures change on a daily basis actually. That’s the first rule of thai politicians : throw in the air some big “figures”. To impress the audience.

He hoped the Senate will approve the public lending bill passed by the House last week which empowers the government to borrow 400 billion baht to fund the stimulus.

The money will be used to upgrade irrigation, transportation and communications, schools and health care centres, he said.

Like BP wrote… there is a lot of “smog” about the ways the money will be used. Depending of the day of the week, and the guy who is talking, figures change, targets change. The truth is : they don’t know themselves. And they don’t care.

They just want money, to “boost”, to “stimulate”… As for a detailed plan, we will see tomorrow. “Sign me the blank check first”.

“The biggest challenge is to take the country through this economic crisis and to emerge out of this.

”If we address those issues, I think the majority of Thais would be satisfied,” the prime minister said. (Bangkok Post)

My god… what a platitude !

We would be satisfied if Abhisit could stop playing this cheap comedy.

4 Responses to “Abhisit’s platitude du jour : “If we succeed, people will be satisfied””


  1. 1 thonglorgwm 23 June 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m not sure why you are picking on Thai politicians for making silly forecasts. ALL politicians when in government, make such predictions. It’s their job. They’re designed to make the punters continue to believe that the government of the day (whoever that might be) knows what they are doing.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 23 June 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t mind if people (the punters like you call them) want to believe the bullshit-stew politicians are serving to them. Freedom.

    I don’t mind politicians making forecasts. Indeed, “gouverner c’est prevoir” like we say in french : to govern is to anticipate.

    And I don’t mind people making mistakes. C’est la vie.

    What I do mind however is… silly forecast. 😉 So silly that it’s not a forecast anymore. Just a plain lie.

    So I will continue to mock them.

  3. 3 thonglorgwm 24 June 2009 at 3:21 pm

    That was not my point. I’m all for mocking politicians. However if the aim of your blog is to show Thailand‘s crisis then you should be pointing out Thai weaknesses. Saying Thai politicians are just like politicians worldwide rather defeats the purpose.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 24 June 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Thai politicians are without any doubt…. a severe weakness for the country. 😉 And this is why I point it out.

    But I want to be fair too : politicians in other countries are also dumb and liars. The way they are handling (pretending to handle) the global crisis is a perfect example.

    It’s not the purpose of this blog, but I put Bush, Obama, Bernanke, Brown, Sarkozy, Trichet… in the same bag. They might me more sophisticated… but fundamentally they are the same, and equally wrong than their thai counterparts.


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