Good morning, afternoon, evening or night depending on where and when in the wide world this happens to find you. It is a very cloudy Wednesday morning here in Bangkok and I think the humidity outside must be at about 200%. One of the most unpleasant obligations that many educators have to do is yard or playground duty to watch the kids or welcome parents in the mornings. This morning I had gate duty for 45 mintues, where we are expected to stand and cheerfully greet each and every parent that comes to school. I do my best, but I’m not so good in the mornings and the humidity and heat makes you feel like your fully clothed in a sauna after you’ve stood out in it for a while.
Anyways, I want to get on to my topic for this post before it leaves my mind. So, I came across something yesterday in the Bangkok Post that was just to good to pass up and I wanted to make sure to share it with you guys. I showed this particular front page story to two of my friends yesterday and one burst into laughter, while the other shook his head at the sadness of it all. Yesterday here in Bangkok in a headline story from the Bangkok Post the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was quoted in an interview where he placed all the blame on astrology and the alignment of the stars as the reason behind the current severe political and economic problems facing the kingdom of Thailand.
On Monday, Mr Thaksin blamed the alignment of planets for current economic and political woes. “Be patient until July 2. When Mars leaves, the situation will improve,” he said.
He then later went on to communicate to his parties huge base of supporters that things would start to improve after July 2nd because Saturn was going to move somewhere, and therefore things in the country would obviously begin to immediately start getting better. Now, if that’s not the funniest case of passing the buck, I don’t know what is? However, I see two things wrong with this picture…aside from it being an obvious display of the sad/comical state of affairs with the government here.
Number one, the fact that he’s making these public statements at all reveals who is really pulling the strings in the government here in Thailand. The current ruling administration is working feverishly to amend the newly created constitution of the country in order to edit laws which would make the former premier innocent of his corruption charges. Also, I’d like to remind my readers that it was this very same former leader that the military moved against to remove from power recently, and yet here he his spinning stories in a weak attempt to allay the growing fears and concerns of the public.
Secondly, the percentage of the public that this message is directed towards is sadly a large percentage of the country’s population. The same uneducated masses that voted this corrupt regime into power twice will buy into this excuse for the shortcomings of their politicians, hook line and sinker. Now, I have written before about the lack of standardized quality education outside of Bangkok, and thus stories like these can pass into the public’s conscious as valid explanation and reasoning for events currently unfolding. Sadly, It is in the interest of the upper class here in Thailand to maintain a low standard of education, and thus people will never realize the extent to which they are being duped by those in control. It is sad reality for so many of the people of this country, and my heart goes out to them. Have a great rest of your week and speak to you soon!