Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Reference: Appointed legislature needs to be closed down, Bangkok Post, November 28, 2007

The appointed NLA was given a difficult job at a critical time in Thailand's political history. They have done that job and they have done it well. It would be a positive action for their legacy to either disband or to simply call a moratorium on legislation; and allow the people's elected assembly to take over some months from now. The nation can wait. Many of the bills before the appointed NLA are frivolous and others possibly unconstitutional. A government that concerns itself with instilling patriotism by bringing every motor vehicle in the nation to a stop for a daily broadcast of the national anthem is surely well beyond Thomas Paine's ideal - "that government is best which governs least". Just look at how long the Belgians have gone without a government; and the trains still run on time.

Cha-am Jamal

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