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Pursue charter middle ground

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The government botched, and tacitly admits it has bungled the attempt to amend the constitution. The stated purpose of charter change is supposedly twofold. It is meant to make the supreme law more democratic. It also is designed as a major support of the government's policy to press for national reconciliation. 

Until now, this has failed, but there are hopeful signs. The government may now realise that its simplistic notion of amending the constitution needs a more serious and constructive look. More needs to be done, and "go slow" is a slogan, not a plan. In the real world, either the process goes ahead, or it sits on the shelf, as it has for several months.

The 2007 charter was effectively forced on the country by a military junta which gave citizens a Hobson's choice. Either citizens approved an inferior constitution, or the country remained under military rule. By voting for the 2007 charter in the national referendum, Thais took the choice _ and the chance _ to return the country to an elected government.

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