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Thai PBS continues to air its controversial show, but is open to opinions


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The sensible thing is to put the un-aired show on the internet , then run another show to discuss why - and and what is the problem. The academics are satisfied, and its wont hit the 'masses'. Issue solved.

 

The issue is quite simple - old money/power and new money/power political blocks are about 50/50.

This means future election results are not a sure thing, and spending big money on deals and alliances, may not swing things either (or stick).  Rather than enrich themselves, now they have to spend money and move to better than before/ good governance - and even open to 'transparency'. Wealth distribution - the gap between the poorest and the rich - needs to get smaller - lest protesters turf one or the other side out. Voters are more fickle and can no longer be trusted - Change is good.

 

If Taskin side is the 'new money', then the old boys need to lift their game and work together.  Which may mean making big concessions. With change there are winners and loosers. I speculate a TV discussion on who is on the rise, and might be falling, is not compatible with Thai culture and keeping face. I suspect both sides agree not to start bidding wars and mud slinging to win voters.

 

Westerners can't be proud of their flawed election systems either. Thai's can agree being turfed out every 4 years, and Uk/Italy models are shockers. Good luck on them finding an orderly, and predictable pecking order, no matter what the election result.

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