Over a year has passed since the tanks rolled in and Thaksin rolled out, but what difference has it made to Thai politics? The coup was hailed by many as the chance for a new dawn, an opportunity to rid Thailand of corruption and nepotism. While the logic of soldiers overthrowing a democratically elected government to restore democracy is very Thai, for many it was the only option. In contrast, Thaksin’s legions of supporters condemn the coup as undemocratic. It seems to be a reasonable comment, but is it?
As we sit on the eve of a general election, we ask:
Is democracy flourishing after the coup, or has a golden opportunity been wasted?
Have your say...
The Dodgy Peacock
10 Dec 2007, 04:17
I think most educated people - both Thais and foreigners - could see what Thaksin was up to and were glad to see the back of him, even if it was at the hands of yet another military coup. The difference this time was that it must have been one of the most peaceful and popular coups in modern history because TRT's supporters lacked either mobility or motivation once their benefactor was deposed, and most Bangkokians supported the coup.
I was optimistic immediately after the coup and naively hoped that Thailand could finally have discovered the road to meaningful democracy. One year on, I feel nothing but disillusionment. The poor are being neglected once more, elections are fast approaching with no manifesto worth it's salt in sight, and none of the cases of alleged corruption have been resolved.
Hang on a minute - maybe Thaksin wasn't so bad after all....
12 Dec 2007, 06:22
Better the devil you know. Trouble is ...we seem to know a hell of a lot of devils....
18 Dec 2007, 20:44
It looks like Thaksin's cronies are going to get back in. This means that the coup and all the justification behind it were either hollow rhetoric for some ulterior motive or a dismal failure. Why did nobody learn that the up country masses can't be ignored? Why did nobody think about educating voters rather than just buying them? Here we go again.....
29 Jan 2008, 21:48
can anyone else feel a case of deja vu? I have the strangest feeling that I am going to be mugged, burgled and raped by men in suits again.....
05 Feb 2008, 06:09
You can't keep a bad man down in Thailand
06 Feb 2008, 21:19
You'd better watch out
You'd better not cry
You'd better not pout
I'm telling you why
Mr T is coming to town
....and boy is he p****d!!!!