Policy corruption, vote buying and double standards

The Constitution Drafting Committee has been hard at work hamstringing political parties to prevent them from ever “ruling.” Apart from simply being anti-Thaksin Shinawatra, the law is based on beliefs that there is rampant vote buying and that “policy corruption”/populism needs to be eliminated or even made illegal.

At the very same time, the CDC’s puppet masters, the military junta, is engaged in exactly these processes as it prepares to “win” an “election” that it plans to hold at sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, the junta keeps railing against the rice pledging scheme by the previous Yingluck Shinawatra government as “massive” corruption-cum-policy-corruption.

The anti-democrats continue to bleat about vote buying and policy corruption as the evils introduced by Thaksin to justify their love of military dictatorship and authoritarian politics.

To be honest, we haven’t been keeping a tally of all the measures introduced by the dictatorship. We recall the subsidies to rubber growers and rice growers. Then there are the electricity and water subsidies for low income families. Another scheme was cash handouts to low income earners costing 15 billion baht.

More recently, the Bangkok Post reports that the military junta has approved another iteration of a “shopping tax break allowing consumers an income tax deduction of up to 15,000 baht on receipted domestic purchases of goods and services from Dec 14-31.” This is aimed at the anti-democrat middle class, providing a potential year-long deduction of 45,000 baht per taxpayer. The figures on this scheme aren’t entirely clear but seem to total about 4 billion baht.

The junta is clearly in campaign mode.

But where are the screams about vote buying and policy corruption? There seem none. The anti-democrats have standards … double standards.

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