Re: ''Judy vs Porky? A sobering thought'' (BP, Feb 24). It seems like Thailand has a strange fascination with banning the sale of alcohol on special days. No alcohol, no bribes, no partying and no nonsense, Thai elections are a serious business. Just go to the polling booth and cast your ballot and elect your favourite saviour. It is assumed that without alcohol in their system Thai citizens will make a smart choice on the ballot paper. After all, ticking the ballot is a tricky business.
And I am sure voters will have a hard time finding something to drink on the way to the polls? Just go to some mom-and-pop store anywhere and get what you want.
Banners, bribes and booze have become the most important ingredients in politics. In older democracies of the West, people cannot decide on their favourite candidate without a few pints of beer and brawls in the neighbourhood bars. In the West, elections are mostly about winning; they are like any other competitive sport. After the election results are out all sides find their own reasons to get high; winners toast to their triumph and losers drink to their grim performance and prospects. Both sides get drunk to get over the exhausting campaigns.
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