Neutral PM 'hard to find'

"It is an uphill task trying to find a 'neutral prime minister'," says Noppadon Pattama, one of the Pheu Thai Party's strategy committee members.

Mr Noppadon said on Friday that any proposal to have a prime minister installed who is neutral makes for a difficult topic for discussion.

He doubted there is anyone fit for the prime minister's job who would be considered by all sides to be unquestionably neutral.

He commented after several parties attempted to broker talks between the caretaker administration and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) anti-government protest group.

The idea of a neutral prime minister to undertake national reform before holding a general election was floated by some legal experts and favoured by the protesters.

Mr Noppadon said voters went to the polls and after that, a prime minister will be chosen. It would be hard to justify ''ditching'' the premier of the voters' choice.

Mr Noppadon, also a legal adviser to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, said it would be a good idea to have a neutral person to broker talks between conflicting parties.

However, the talks must be held on the basis of constitutional compliance and with the full intent of preserving democracy.

No one should come to the negotiating table with preconditions, he added.

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Discussion 1 : 16/02/2014 at 09:43 AM
to Hillfarang : Assuming that you are right, can you please explain us why, his sister being PM, he needed to be discreetly whitewashed ??? He could and should have come back to Thailand at last, face a fair trial (under the close supervision of the PM of course...) with all its consequences instead of making a fool of the whole nation ! The one that who regularly defend needs to grow up and stop playing the spoilt, selfish, and capricious kid ! As long as elections will not be clean, fair and transparent, Thailand will never come out of this unacceptable high level of corruption.
Discussion 2 : 16/02/2014 at 09:20 AM
To be purely ornamental, the PM is a far too heavy financial burden on the hard working taxpayers !!!
Discussion 3 : 15/02/2014 at 10:13 PM
It could be argued that the current PM is purely ornamental, I mean as the chair of the rice scheme she hasn't attended 1 single meeting in 2 years, she won't meet with farmers in their hour of need, she doesn't appear to be very pro active in anything except for denying she knows anything. The Thai electorate should demand more, in other countries, with her political track record (of what she has and hasn't done) she would have been unseated long ago
Discussion 4 : 15/02/2014 at 02:13 PM
Mere certain part of people were blindly misled by the allegation of opposition to spread hatred upon TS denigratingly make him as corrupt as evil. A lot of Thais still supported him. Whether is he a fugitive still in question controversially. Full of mystery was that why when Dem was in power did not try to extradite him back to Thailand from where he lived. It is difficult to believe Thais find it impossible to forgive him want him to be dragged out from Thailand disallow him to get pardoning official amnesty.
Discussion 5 : 15/02/2014 at 01:10 PM
bkk-farang: You were here & should know better! TS, like him or not, is the only one to win two consecutive elections. Your designation of him as a criminal fugitive totally ignores the fact that he essentially fled from the results of a military coup, itself an illegal act. When will you finally give democracy a chance & respect the Thai voters over your elitist opinion?
Discussion 6 : 15/02/2014 at 12:04 PM
"It is an uphill task trying to find a 'neutral prime minister'," says Noppadon Pattama, one of the Pheu Thai Party's strategy committee members. Well more important than finding a neutral prime minister, would be to find a political figure with integrity, wisdom, altruism, experience and who inspires respect by his or her unbiased firm and transparent actions ! I was just daydreaming....
Discussion 7 : 15/02/2014 at 10:34 AM
Do you call it democracy when basically all PT MPs follow the orders of the criminal fugitive Thaksin? These MPs voted at 4am to whitewash their master. They knew at that time that the vast majority of Thais did not want that amnesty bill. But these MPs did not follow what the Thai voters wanted. They followed the orders of one criminal fugitive. Is that democracy? I know Suthep is far away from perfect but reforms are overdue and the Shinawatras will never really reform this country!
Discussion 8 : 15/02/2014 at 10:24 AM
Junta will rule if civilian government is unable to rule out the mess.
Discussion 9 : 15/02/2014 at 10:02 AM
Noppadon Pattama has got it correct. The recent election cannot just be ignored. There are laws that govern elections and those rules cannot be changed just because some think it is a good idea. The opposition pushed their issues, parliament was dissolved, a vote was held. The will of the voters should be respected by all Thais. If they want change in the future, then the ballot box is where the change occurs. During the normal course of politics, the reforms should be considered, debated, and implemented if found to be appropriate. Promulgating reforms when the country is in political turmoil will just lead to more bad laws.
Discussion 10 : 15/02/2014 at 09:23 AM
Unfortunately, not possible to find a neutral person or find a solution as the two sides are too far apart, i.e. PDRC's goal is to reduce democracy or have more democracy the “Thai Way”, i.e. by changing the election system and reduce the power of the elected House of Representatives, as was done with the Senate in 2007. This has even been expressed by Khun Suthep. However, Thailand does not need more “unelected people's councils”, influenced by the PDRC, as all other government bodies already are! The only one left is the House of Representatives! Therefore, the question the Thais have to answer is if they want more democracy the
Discussion 11 : 15/02/2014 at 09:06 AM
"It would be hard to justify ''ditching'' the premier of the voters' choice." About 8 million voters "chose" Yingluck in the recent election, most of the other 75% of regular voters abstained or voted "no".
Discussion 12 : 15/02/2014 at 08:54 AM
In my opinion, the new PM does not have to be neutral but he/she should be committed to serve the country and the Thai people first and above all, be committed to reform the 'wrong' processes in this country, starting with corruption (including patronage and cryonism), accountability of politicians and civil servants, and transparency of ALL financial processes in Thailand.
Discussion 13 : 15/02/2014 at 08:44 AM
The problem is Noppadon’s and PTs definition of a “neutral prime minister”. I guess in Noppadon’s paymaster’s eyes any prime minister will do as long as he follows the orders of the master in Dubai. Or is there any other qualification he has in mind? Looking at the current prime minister I don’t know what these qualifications could be.
Discussion 14 : 15/02/2014 at 08:25 AM
Not at all! What's about the old, proven, and trusty, the one and only Anand Punyarachun? He did it once and he can do it again, cleaning up the mess left behind by overambitious and corrupted politicians, all the way from the Deep South to the North and E-Saan.
Discussion 15 : 15/02/2014 at 08:14 AM
Nonsense we already have a neutral PM I'm sure that another puppet could be found somewhere. But seriously there are many neutral people far better qualified to be PM. This is just an excuse not to step down.
Discussion 16 : 15/02/2014 at 08:11 AM
How about ANYONE other than the useless puppet sitting idly in the chair now.
Discussion 17 : 15/02/2014 at 08:07 AM
No one should come to the negotiating table with preconditions, he added. including PTP

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