The weak point in Thai democracy? A lack of taxpayers
The main reason why Thailand has problems with democracy as compared with other countries is really quite obvious!
In more developed countries, any proposed populist policies come under microscopic examination.
This is because the majority of voters pay substantial tax and they want to know how their money is being spent. They want to know that they are getting their money’s worth.
Any party in a foreign country suggesting such outrageous and expensive policies as those which elected the last government in Thailand would probably lose it’s deposit! Unfortunately, Thai taxpayers are heavily outnumbered.
In Thailand, the income tax threshold is set at Bt150,000 per annum. Only some 8 per cent of the working population pay income tax. A large section of the population buy nearly all their food and clothing from local markets, where VAT is unheard of. They also tend to buy used motorcycles, etc. Nobody can blame them, but they vote for the party that benefits them the most rather than what is best for the country as a whole. This situation is readymade for political manipulation.
When populist policies are enforced, the taxpayer’s burden increases and/or the country gets into serious debt, and disruption inevitably follows.
Presumably the junta’s much discussed constitution seeks to find a solution to the problem.
Surely, we should all be wishing them the best of luck. considerably more legitimacy than those of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who expressed the opposite point of view in a very public, threatening and intrusive fashion, and neither of whom are British citizens. Graham Phillip Bloy (now an American). Fundamentally METME takes the entire bandwidth of an AM radio station and compresses it to a smartphone (telephone) bandwidth. But even more significant is that METME also takes all the AM radio stations’ mains power and compresses it to a smartphone bandwidth! The technical description is “reconstitution of out-ofband harmonics and power”. To weaponise this tech, all one needs to do is take a 5020watt signal and compress it into a smartphone line, then transmit it to the smartphone target and reconstitute the massive 5020-watt WHAMO burst.
Of course, the IoT also has unlimited peaceful possibilities, and only one company produces the various IoT items. That company is RF controls LLc of St Louis, Missouri. It’s exclusive commercial partner/distributor is tech giant Cisco Systems.
The IoT was announced by RF Controls in April, 2013 and has been called the greatest commercial event in world history. The sonic attacks on US diplomats, while interesting, will be a mere footnote in the IoT revolution that’s only just emerging. solution is to give back the land to these sellers. And meanwhile they say it is the poor that is doing the encroachment. It’s as if they want the poor to take as much forestland as they please, as long as the rich are kept out of it. It’s not clear how this policy is going to improve anything. The words “poor” or “rich” should not be part of any policy to protect the forest. Just protect the forest equally without discrimination. Then the strategy moving forward will become clear.
That’s a lot of excuses for years and years by vested interests who “look the other way to find an envelope”. Virtually all the land bordering on a forest and national parks is or has been encroached upon. I’ve seen it first-hand many, many times.
The report says: “Since it took power in the 2014 coup, the junta had made land encroachment one of its national priorities. It came up with two orders, the National Council for Peace and Order No 64/ 2557 and 66/ 2557 to directly target the big-time encroachers, generally influential, rich people.”
Yet another legacy/triumph will be deleted from the junta’s history.
The Nation continues: “The justice process, meanwhile, is long and too procedural. Moreover, the definition of ‘Nai Tun’ that is used for big-time encroachers is unclear, prompting wrongful arrests that confuse the cases further.”
Once again it favours the rich and powerful. E-mail your opinion, with “Letters to the Editor” in the subject box, to:
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