IT’S OVER – FOR NOW….
Tuesday morning the 2nd December I went out to to the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand, way out on the way to Don Mueang airport on the outskirts of Bangkok. Today was the much awaited verdict of the the Constitutional Court, which had to move its venue here because the roads to the proper location were blocked with protesters. The surprise move seemed to have worked, instead of an ocean of red greeting me it was more like a pond. Even though they managed to block the road the court is on. There were probably only about 400 people there, the vast majority of whom seemed to be motorcycle taxi drivers or posers. But they worked hard to put a bit of drama into, and big flag waving has become a staple. .
They were there to protest because they pretty much knew the verdict would be against them, that the PPP would be disbanded, and that would mean that government would go into caretakership. The PAD also knew that Somchai would go. So why did they have to put everyone through this? Just to have an ensured victory?
Tuesday evening at the Foreign Correspondentâ€™s Club of Thailand. Korn Chatikavanij, one of the Democrat Party seniors was asked to give an assessment of the economic damage. It was not a pretty picture, in short Thailand is going to have to start to rebuild international confidence from a negative position. Though still youthful looking he does know the business end of the economy, before entering politics he headed JP Morgan in Thailand.
The evening was dominated by another party stalwart, MR Sukumband Paribatra who is their candidate for Bangkok governor in the coming elections. I must say that he said little of real substance regarding his platform, but did so eloquently. He talked a lot about bringing the smiles back to Thai peoples faces, but offered little of substance as to how he was going to that. Both gents were British educated and had an enviable command of politcal speak.
But in reality itâ€™s not over. A new party has been founded to accommodate the continuation of exiled Thaksinâ€™s agenda. And eventually there will be another election, so the question mark remains. One very relevant question came from the floor was why there is no effective representation for labor or farmers, why there was no parties for them, and why all the political parties were built more around personalities rather than the interests of its members. A pointed question, seeing as Sukumband is from a royal family.
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