Grit Teeth and Repeat: Policies Not Personalities


It is policies not personalities that matter, of course. Since vapid quisling Abhisit Vejjajiva has shamefully failed to create any meaningful policies during his disastrous reign as leader of the opposition, we have very little idea what ideology (if any) his army and court-appointed coalition will follow in power.

Based on past governments, we might expect the free market ideology of the right wing, such as in the Chuan Leekphai government that so badly failed to deal with the 1997 crisis. Have the Democrats learned anything since then? Well, the rumours today are of the Newin faction (he was the one who led the cross the floor movement that gave the Demcorats the numbers to establish a razor-thin majority) leading economic thinking by insisting on the ‘populist’ policies initially established by the Thai Rak Thai party which Democrats, led by integrity-challenged Abhisit, spent the last few years trying to have banned by court allies and criticizing in intemperate (and frankly rather stupid) terms. There may be some kind of ‘policy statement’ available before the end of the year.  

Since the coalition members are united in little more than greed (Abhisit was at Eton with Boris Johnson and Sweaty Dave Cameron and shares with them the willingness to say anything and do nothing to get power), the ideology we can expect is likely to be both incoherent and largely meaningless as a guide to government behaviour. The horse-trading over Cabinet seats will determine how individual ministries will respond to events and we will see more contradictory and worthless decisions quickly abandoned. This, of course, entirely suits those who realize the status quo works in their benefit.

If the Democrats are to follow the ‘populist’ policy agenda, then expect the court cases against previous Cabinets who pursued them (under the pretext of ‘corruption’) to take a much lower place in court priorities and the policies to be rebranded under some other name, while money continues to be wasted trying to blacken the policies and personalities of the Thai Rak Thai and People’s Power Party governments. However, it is unlikely that the people will be fooled so easily.