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Postbag: Power to the people

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For the past 50 years, Thailand has been tinkering with constitutions and electoral systems in an attempt to produce good governments. Each attempt has failed, but once again another round of charter re-engineering is being proposed. 

Surely the lesson of the past month is that power lies in the hands of the people, not just at election time but at all times, and if the people make their voices heard any government _ no matter how great their electoral mandate _ must react accordingly or suffer the consequences.

The solution for Thailand is to encourage the growth of civil society, NGOs and pressure groups to hound politicians every time they stray from the straight and narrow.

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