Parliamentary lessons from Thailand and Hungary
THEY told us that if we but shifted to a parliamentary system, there would be no more coups. They told us that if we but shifted to a parliamentary system, there would be no more need for “people power” demonstrations. They told us that many other good things would happen if we but shifted to a parliamentary system (the end of poverty, the beginning of wealth for all). For now we pay attention to the first two benefits mentioned above. And by “they,” I refer to Speaker Jose de Venecia et al.
Nothing like a show-and-tell to put a point across or to demolish it. And the events in Thailand and Hungary are cases in point. Thailand has just experienced a military coup that toppled the government. It had been experiencing several “people power” demonstrations against the now deposed prime minister. People in Hungary have been going to the streets to force their prime minister out. (They found out he had lied, making out the economic conditions in Hungary to be better than they were.) Both countries have parliamentary forms of government. So much for the claim that a parliamentary system automatically provides political stability.