This is a good development
Isan red-shirts grumble: We're being ignored
Published: 4/05/2012 at 03:45 PM
Government supporters in red-shirt villages in the Northeast have voiced their grievances about the higher cost of living and complain none of the benefits of the populist policies have come their way yet.
Tai Tippachorn, 44, chairwoman of the red-shirt Ban Kok Klang Village Committee in Sakhon Nakhon's Tao Ngoi, said the people there felt abandoned and neglected. They were waiting for the trickled-down effects of the Yingluck Shinawatra government's populism policies that for some reason had not reached the grassroots people yet.
"All the remedies and hand-outs are for the urbanites, while the rural people do not get anything.
"We are disheartened. I myself used to stand firm against the folks in the villages who challenged us (hardcore red-shirts) and asked why Prime Minister Poo (Yingluck's nickname) did not come to help us as she promised in the campaign.
"Now the flood is over, there is no excuse to neglect the problems of rural people," said Mrs Tai.
She was fretting now about she could sell all of her 100 tonne cassava crop.
"Last month, I could not sell any cassava because there was no quota slot available. The flour mill in nearby Kalasin has now told me that on May 15 I can get a quota of 20 tonnes only. What about the rest?" Mrs Tai said.
Mrs Tai, who spearheaded the red-shirt village in Tao Ngoi, some 60 kilometres from Sakhon Nakhon, late last year, said farmers could get a guaranteed price only from designated mills, while the previous government had paid a subsidiy for at least half of the crop sold to any mill.
"The flour mills in Sakhon set the price at 1.75 baht per kilogramme while the guaranteed price is 1.95 baht per kilogram. During the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, the guaranteed price was three baht, and we could sell anywhere.
Isan red-shirts grumble: We're being ignored | Bangkok Post: news
The continuing lack of support for the rural poor is a good thing?
Maybe the development of Reds criticizing the PT government for failing to follow through on promises and implied promises is a good thing?
With cluezo you never know... might be he's imagining it will lead to lower ST costs in Pattaya.
Don't be coy, goo. Just report the post like a good little girl.
^it wasn't directed to me. But it is a repetitive theme of yours, when someone dares to criticise the red shirts, Thaksin or PT, you get all personal and start going for the individual. Why is that?
I don't think the battle will be won or lost in Sakhon Nakhon, besides from my point of view one group of billionaires looks much like another.
^awesome, I wish I had a vote.
I'm sure I could find plenty examples of equally egregious behaviour by those who oppose Thaksin but that would make me look like I care.