Happy mafia

Re: "Drug gangs use Thailand as transit point to Malaysia", (BP, Feb 12).

Another tedious repetition of the a well-worn drugs story. But this repetition does not surprise, it being a long-established fact that current drug policy is the deliberate repetition of demonstrated failure; worse, that it worsens the harm drugs do to society.

Only two groups benefit, and that mightily, from this determined adherence to a known failure with disastrous consequences for society: The mafia scum running the highly popular drug industries, and their loyal officials keeping things running smoothly, with the odd showy seizure that clearly does not dent the profits from the monopoly.

It is hard to see either any sanity or any remotely moral justification for retaining such a socially destructive policy when beneficial reform is so easy and would save a fortune. The cynical might think that the lawmakers don't want to upset the happy mafia and corrupt state officials getting rich off the status quo of legally mandated misery.

Felix Qui

Sanctity of beasts

Thai social media went berserk after news of the construction tycoon allegedly poaching in the wildlife sanctuary hit the air.

Au contraire, I didn't see this magnitude of indignation when the military's crackdown on the red shirts in Bangkok in 2010 resulted in 99 dead while they were protesting against the then-government, led by Abhisit Vejjajiva.

And adding fuel to the fire, Mr Abhisit nonchalantly said on a BBC TV programme that "unfortunately, some people died".

It seems the lives of Indochinese leopards, Kalij pheasants and barking deer are more sacred than that of human beings.

Somsak Pola
Samut Prakan

Fake democracy

Due to the mounting confusion that exists here in Thailand, I thought it's time to introduce the Merriam-Webster definition of democracy:

[A] government by the people; rule of the majority, a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

This can maybe help certain people from misusing the word when what they are referring to bears no relationship to real democracy. Deriving from the Greek language over 2,500 years ago and having been introduced into several countries. The idea that Thailand can produce a different version of this idea is quite absurd.

Despite its variants, democracy is regularly described as needing decent functioning law and order and an absence of dictatorship, something rather rare anywhere in Southeast Asia.


House not in order

Oh, the irony! The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration asking Bangkokians to clean up and smarten their houses for tourists to admire? In the same week that they destroyed one of the most beautiful Thai houses, No.99 at Mahakan Fort, which was there and should still be there for tourists to admire.

Where are these officials coming from? I sometimes despair at this country that I love.

Ron Martin

Another 'darkest hour'

Having just watched the movie Darkest Hour, there is no escaping the parallels Britain faced in 1940 -- when Hitler's Nazi Germany was running amok, having already invaded many countries, and was poised to conquer the rest of Europe -- than we face today with Brexit. We stood alone then and prevailed, as surely we must now.

It is not in the British DNA to surrender our independence and indeed our way of life, to be ruled by Brussels.

The EU is a broken model, and as the fifth-largest economy in the world, and the second-largest contributor to the EU coffers, Britain faces surrendering our rights to govern ourselves and face becoming "puppets" of a club of European countries who in reality we have very little in common with, and who certainly need us far more than we need them.

Certainly there are difficulties and obstacles to overcome, but when we are finally free of Brussels, the world will be our oyster.

As Britain faces this "darkest hour", where though is a Winston Churchill or Margaret Thatcher?

Lawrence Tilney

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