Welcome to the democratic dictatorship of Thakland, says Voranai Vanijaka, who takes a cynical look at a future Thailand with a fully elected Senate. | Bangkok Post: opinion

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Welcome to Thakland

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Amnesty is so last week. It will come back again. But this week is all about the proposed change to the way senators are selected, which down the road could very well lead to a democratic dictatorship of "Thakland". 

Currently, there are 150 senators in the upper house, 73 appointed and the rest elected, one from each province. The Pheu Thai Party is set on amending the legislation to increase the number of senators to 200, and all would be elected. And, of course, the families of MPs and former MPs would be eligible to run for senate seats. It wouldn’t be Thai politics without an incestuous orgy. 

In theory, in a democracy, all senators should be elected, just as all members of the House of Representatives  are elected. So why are the Democrats making a big fuss, booing and scuffling, causing pandemonium during parliament session? This is because they worry about the practical realities if the proposed change becomes  law. It may prove a step towards the democratic dictatorship of Thakland. 

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