Re: ''Ditch rice scheme, says Mom Oui'' (BP, Oct 16).
The government's goal should be to have projects that: (a) are sound in theory and (b) work as planned when implemented.
Thus, it should look at what academics say before it leaps into a major project, whether it be the rice scheme or the infrastructure scheme.
Take the rice-pledging scheme, for example, which The Economist magazine labelled the government's worst and most costly policy.
Surely any university's economics or business administration faculty could have foretold that by buying at 40% above market, and buying all rice offered, PM Yingluck Shinawatra would leave the poorest farmers, who consume all the rice they grow, out in the cold; that it would benefit mainly the farmers with large landholdings, who don't need help; and would turn the government into the country's largest and almost sole buyer, thus single-handedly almost wiping out our rice export industry and giving our world-leading market position to hungry competitors.
It's not too late.
Ms Yingluck should immediately revamp the rice scheme. For example, the government could base payments on the area planted (as it is correctly doing with rubber).
It could also require feasibility studies for major infrastructure projects.
Yingluck playing for time
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's response to critics of her rice scheme that her government has yet to finalise the loss figures, looks like she is playing for time.
It is also indicative that she has admitted the scheme has gaping holes and is incurring huge losses as claimed. And she doesn't know what to do.
My take is that she might not do anything at all, not until the loss figures have reached one trillion baht, or she will keep it there until her tenure expires. By that time, the country's economy will possibly be on its knees.
Justice dealt to some
Re: ''Suspended term for rail track driver'' (BP, Oct 16). I read with pleasant surprise that justice was served by Phra Nakhon Nua District Court on the rail track drunk-driver a mere two days following the offence. Pity Thong Lor police were not so quick to act with the alleged Red Bull killer.
Thirayuth talks sense
Re: ''Oct 14 leader Thirayuth slams Thai 'democracy''' (BP, Oct 15).
I agree with Thirayuth Boonmi, a student leader in the Oct 14, 1973 uprising, especially as he was quite balanced in his criticism of the red, yellow and green (capitalist) elements that affect Thai politics.
The 1973 victory provided the opportunity for groups of capitalists ... to reap the benefits for themselves, and a patronage system created a society of servants _ both of his comments apply internationally, not only to Thailand.
In the current US budget dispute, for example, one group of politicians and capitalists wins if it goes one way, and another group of politicians and capitalists wins if it goes the other way.
Meanwhile, average Americans become more and more like servants as the US middle class disappears in either case.
Mr Thirayuth could have changed a few words to have addressed audiences in a number of countries, as pseudo-capitalism combined with politics seeks to diminish the education that ordinary people need to redistribute power to ordinary people.
True, relevant education is lacking everywhere.
We should all fully support real capitalism in any democracy and applaud it, but do those profiting the most, the wealthiest, support real capitalism, or instead patronage systems that masquerade as capitalism?
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