Let's entertain the idea that's generating so much talk and controversy around the country, the amendment of the law on how senators are selected. If we are to change a law, there ought to be a benchmark, and that benchmark should be the principles of democracy.
A hallmark of democracy is a built-in mechanism for checks and balances. As such, the different branches of government must be, at least on paper, independent of each other. True, nothing is ever completely independent and there are always shady dealings behind the scenes to muddle said independence, but that's the way of life. At the very least, we ought to set forth a system of good governance to minimise the shady bits.
On the surface, the Pheu Thai Party's proposal that all senators should be elected is very sound and democratic. But take a look at the clause where families of MPs and former MPs would be eligible to run for senator posts, and we see dirty hands at work. This does not spell independence and good governance. Rather, this spells family business and a lot of hanky-panky.
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