The Bangkok Post:
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s election campaign will focus on educating the public about why the Pheu Thai Party-led government’s rice-pledging scheme has failed.
The Democrats believe the campaign will lead to a better understanding about policy-oriented corruption. It will push for reform of ways to curb corruption in the public sector.
Mr Abhisit will begin a tour in the Central region this week. A growing number of rice farmers are coming out to pressure the caretaker government to pay them for the paddy pledged under the rice scheme.
The Democrat Party will take the rice-pledging scheme as a model to push for reform of corruption prevention mechanisms, Democrat spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said yesterday.
BP: An election campaign? Haven’t Abhisit and the Democrats boycotted the election? Perhaps, if they hadn’t, they could make their points about the failures of the rice pledging scheme particularly in terms of liquidity and moving money around to pay farmers in an actual election campaign. It seems the Bangkok Post is a little confused as given the Democrats are boycotting, why have a campaign? You can’t actually advocate what you would replace the scheme with unless you are actually trying to be in government….