The transcript of the public address system, Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Readers are asked to imagine the following announcements read in a female voice combining the tones of maternal assurance with those of a tempting seductress.
It must be something catching. If you call yourself ‘democratic’, then you’re not. First the People’s (self-selected minority) Alliance (of un-democratic leaders and sheep-like followers) for Democracy proposes a New Politics that is not new and certainly not democratic.
So some unnamed evil-doers hatched a dastardly plot to spiritually drive spiritual tacks or nails into the 6 points of the spiritual hexagon that surrounds the equestrian statue of King Rama V, thus preventing the spiritual power emanating out of the statue from saving the nation. But the leader of the People’s Alliance for Demagoguery, Sondhi Limthongkul, was alert enough to counter this threat.
By the standards of US presidential elections, a landslide is apparently defined as one candidate getting 55% of the popular vote. So President-Elect Obama is some way off that, for all the headlines.
State of the Nation’s Well-Being, Annual Report 2018 (This report is available in Thai, Melayu, Hmong, Sgaw, Pwo, and Pa'o Karen, Lao, Khmer, Burmese, Chinese and English)
Everyone now claims they saw the global economic crisis coming (the earliest claim known to Harrison George dates from 1854). But few are predicting future scenarios. This week’s column foresees a dystopia 20 years from now. Next week’s column will offer an opposing vision called Future Good.
This is where I lose some friends. When foreigners observe the apparent impunity with which the so-called People’s so-called Alliance for so-called Democracy can defy the police, the courts, and anything approaching a sense of reality, the typical reaction is gob-smacked, flabbergasted, dumbfounded amazement.
The nation’s middle-class has been outraged at the use by police of lethal teargas and government-conspiracy secret explosives, without warning, against non-violent PAD protestors armed with nothing more than sticks, sharpened rods and guns. This blatant attack on that part of society with an exaggerated sense of its own importance and an inadequate sense of reality is leading to further repercussions.
I recently waved off my brother at Suvarnabhumi Airport on his way home to the UK. If this were a sensible world, run by rational people, then that should the last time for a long time.
Oh lordy, lordy. We get rid of one buffoon only to see the resurrection of another. So farewell then, Samak Sundaravej, he of the conveniently selective memory about, for example, how many deaths occurred on 6 October, an event he was heavily involved in. And welcome back Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, the Henry Kissinger of Thai politics, the eminence grease of the gravelly voice and the Kermit eyes.
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