Talking points: 13 April 2009


Tension remains high in Thailand with The Thai soldiers firing hundreds of live rounds to clear them from a major road junction.Demonstrators responded by hurling at least one gasoline bomb and 70 people were reported injured, most by tear gas.

Last week you’ve debated whether violence rids any protest of a just cause but what about the demonstrations in Thailand? Are the protesters doing more harm than good to their country? When you’re protesting for a cause, is there a good time to give up the fight and look at different tactics?

Also we’ve talked a lot about the economy and recession not least during the G20 Summit here in London. But there seems to be such a gap between how governments are handling recession and how we, ordinary folks, are.This blog gives you seven tips to survive recession. I was amazed at how many ‘How to save money’ sites and blogs there are available now.

Yet governments are taking an exact ooposite approach; they are spending their way out of recession, pumping huge sums of money into the economy in the form of different bailouts to different financial institutions. So, should we spend or save our way out of recession?

9 Responses to “Talking points: 13 April 2009”

  1. 1 Jaime Saldarriaga
    April 13, 2009 at 14:39

    The problem is not protest but violence. Violence should be stopped no matter whom it comes from. There are nonviolent means of expressing disagreement and those should be promoted. But violence is evil and should be discouraged and disapproved by all peeaceful people in the world. Which are the specific arguments of the opposition?. Perhpas they are right and the govenment might be impelled to make corrections with the help of the international community, if necessary . But violent leaders are not likely to last and might cause great damage.

  2. 2 Livia Varju
    April 13, 2009 at 14:51

    Heroes, the Somali pirates? Gangsters, that’s what they are. Terrorising innocent civilians including a 3 year old boy, then killing his father, makes them murderers. The West has tried to help them, but there are so many warlords in the country, each wanting to get power and ignoring the suffering of the civilian population. The Ethiopians tried to help, but even they gave up.
    How could this piracy be eliminated? Their home port is known, and so the UN has to declare that if piracy doesn’t stop, this port will be bombed.
    Livia Varju

  3. April 13, 2009 at 16:18

    Of course, the protesters are doing more harm than good to their country. I think it is time that the protesters realize that there some evil minder people who are willing for such occasions to come about so that they can carry out their deals. You can protest peacefully, but do not use violence at which time you will abuse the right of others who do not agree with your views. The best way out of this is seek to sit around the table with those you disagree with and sought out your differences. Remember those properties you are damaging now where paid for with your tax money.

  4. 4 Jennifer
    April 13, 2009 at 16:43

    So, should we spend or save our way out of recession?

    It’s the time to push together to purse straps and spend no more than you absolutely have to!

    Spending your way out of debt just isn’t the way to go!

    On protesters: I think there should be a line that is not crossed. Violence should never be used to get the point of your cause across. They’ll be the nationwide Tax Day Tea parties on Wednesday. I’ll be attending one here! It’ll be the first time I have ever participated in anything like that but I am very excited about it! 🙂

  5. 5 Vincent
    April 13, 2009 at 16:59

    Death toll at Nang Lerng Market clash rises to 2

    Bangkok Medical Department chief Phetpong Kamchornkijkarn said late Monday night that two persons were killed during the clash between vendors of Nang Lerng Market and red-shirted people.

    They were identified as Pom Pholphanbua, 50, and Yupha Wisetphanit, 19.

    Nine vendors were also injured. Six of them were sent to the Hua Chiew Hospital and three to Central Hospital.

    The Nation

    Is this what Thaksin call “true democracy”?

  6. 6 Dennis Junior
    April 13, 2009 at 17:44

    The military needs to return to the barracks and the government in Thailand needs to called for IMMEDIATE elections….

    Yes, to spending our way out of it is the best way!

    ~Dennis Junior~

  7. 7 Pannee Submak-udom
    April 13, 2009 at 18:29

    I just want to share my view to whoever not live in Thailand but like to express their opinnion about a crisis in Thailand. The trouble in our political theme is not just yesterday story but it started when Taksin started his monopoly business thru the circle ring of high level of military general in 1990. The story is too complicated for people who read today headline to understand the whole sequence of issue.

  8. 8 viola
    April 13, 2009 at 21:53

    Not spending money is not the same as saving money. Also remember the terms micro-economic and macro-economic. Households must spend micro-economically and governments macro-economically. Really, they’re two different things.

    I think people have to stop thinking that having lots of money makes them wealthy. It does not. Wealth is having something useful. Money, itself, only represents wealth. It isn’t the actual wealth. Money isn’t even made of paper anymore. Now it’s just electronic impulses traveling down a wire or over the air.

    Gov’ts can spend out of recession. Individuals cannot. That’s just the way it is.

  9. 9 Dr. Garoon Gordon
    April 14, 2009 at 05:10

    How can a criminal like Thaksin Shinnawatra have so much influence over the “Red Shirt” people to do anything according to his destructive plans to abolish the monarchy, the “clean” government, and the innocent people who are so hopeful that Abhisit Vejjajiva, the new prime minister, intends to move the country forward? The answer is very obvious; money. He has been inciting his people in the cabinet, in the police department, in the government offices in the north and eastern parts of the country, and the “Red Shirt” people to fight for his benefits: to abolish the monarchy and PM Abhisit, to reinstate the constitution he and his cabinet revised to protect his corruption money, to be free from all charges and to gain his power back. Why does he still want power? The answer is simple. Money. Thailand is the only country where he knows how to steal money from the people.

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