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Postbag: Drifting with the tide

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Both the government and anti-government protesters should focus on being constructive, rather than seeking to beat the other side into dust. Both agree that reform is badly needed. Each, then, should propose key draft changes for discussion and debate, first among their own colleagues, then among the public at large, professional organisations, universities, etc. 

For example, anti-government protesters insist on reform before elections. But BlueSky speakers give many proposals on myriad topics — is all that they propose backed by the majority of protesters, even though I’ve never seen or heard in-depth, two-way discussions? Must all proposals be implemented before elections — or which ones are key? To what extent does caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra agree/disagree with each key proposal?

During the past five months of protests, reform where there was common ground could have taken place, instead of the non-constructive marches and counter-marches and outpouring of vitriol.

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