Voranai Vanijaka's solutions-oriented column last Sunday (''The change you must believe in'') challenges Thais to display some intelligent political leadership. Who is bold enough to transcend the corrupt feudal system and show Thailand that there is a better way? Who is smart enough to accept responsibility for a specific project and follow through to give proof to the voters of real success? For example, to show vast improvement in teachers' salaries and school test scores nationwide; to show that the economic model of supporting oneself is better than handouts from the government; to show the wisdom of Thailand being independent of the control of international bankers; to show actual reduction in poverty, teen pregnancy and drug use; or to create a corruption-free zone of government. In other words, to produce real victories for the people and not just words.
Such successes could be a springboard to leadership positions for much-needed competent politicians. Undoubtedly there are Thais who are capable.
Who will step forward?