The BBC’s Jonathan Head has just conducted an excellent interview with Thailand’s unelected former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. In it Head points out Abhisit’s anti-democratic tendencies, his support of Suthep and his intimidation of voters, and the fact that his party, the Democrats, have not been able to win an election in Thailand in more than 20 years. Which is why they are now currently trying to overthrow a democratically-elected government by protests and intimidation of voters. Well, Head didn’t actually come out and say that, but it’s obvious that’s what he meant.
The BBC interview with Abhisit was superb on Head’s part and embarrassing for Abhisit, as it showed him up as a supporter of anti-democratic tactics, and as someone who is too afraid to participate in an actual election as he knows he will lose, so he resorts to supporting anti-democracy protesters (the PDRC) and a fascist (Suthep), in an effort to illegally overthrow the government. Sore loser much?
I must say, every time I watch Abhisit Vejjajiva in an interview with a western reporter, who always ask much more biting questions than do Thai interviewers when faced with Abhisit’s lies, I always think his alma mater Oxford University must be so ashamed of him.
Imagine, graduating from a fine institution like Oxford University, an institution that promotes democratic values, good ethics, morals, the spirit of fairness and respect for the rule of law and then going back to your own country and being the type of morally and ethically-bankrupt politician, and draft dodger, Abhisit Vejjajiva has turned out to be.
I imagine some at Oxford must be wishing they could ask him to return his degree, as he is simply not worthy of having it.
Finally, if you’d like to check out some fun information from an Abhisit interview with another BBC interviewer, Stephen Sakur, who also saw through Abhisit’s lies, you can read about that here.