Well, the election for Governor of Bangkok will be held this weekend and if, as seems likely, rarely seen incumbent Democrat Apirak Kosayodhin wins again, we will not see him again for another four years. This will probably be the last chance to talk about the election and, since it is an easy topic, that will do for me today.
The Nation has a story with the four principal contenders giving a couple of hundred words as to why they should be elected.
First up is PPP candidate Prapat Chongsanguan: he says he is a real man and not a brand and a doer rather than a, um, non-doer presumably. As for his policies: “Mine are simple; develop feeder systems and a common ticket as mass-transit policies, get rid of garbage systematically, clean canals by taking the dirty water for direct treatment, etc.”
Next is Khun Apirak himself: “I have planned five essential policies: environment, quality of life, children and education, traffic, and economic policies.” These are not real policies, are they? These are broad areas of human life. It is noticeable that Khun Apirak is unable to point to a single achievement from the four wasted years of his administration. He really is the equal of the workshy quisling Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Third, ‘fists of fury’ Chuwit Kamolvisit: he claims to have two main policies, which are: “First, there will be no corruption during my term in office.
Second, I will develop Bangkok while taking into account the problem of global warming. At least, during my period as governor, the development of Bangkok will not increase global warming.” The first of these does not sound very likely, given human nature and everything we know of how things work in the City of Angels and the second sounds impossible without enormous investment in new technology, which would be welcome but expensive.
Finally, Dr Dan, Kriangsak Chareonwongsak, who claims: “An obsolete idea yields nothing but perpetual problems, while innovative wisdom can resolve all issues. Though not bound by budget or jurisdiction limitations, we are certainly bound to the restrictions of our own creativity. For instance, traditional concepts will cling to massive public transportation in curbing Bangkok’s traffic congestion. But, from a novel perspective, I will add one policy to discourage commuter traffic building up to inner city workplaces. Bangkok office desks will be moved nearer to family domiciles, to a second workplace zone on Bangkok’s outskirts, known as Metroport.”
How will he do this? It’s not a bad idea but how?
Only Prapat seems to have an idea of what to do but given his candidacy as a PPP member, it is not very likely that Bangkok people will vote for him. So, four more wasted years it will be then.