Thai politics expert Professor Duncan McCargo has written an article about Thailand’s election
The article for The New York Times suggests that the messy election has shown that traditional elites of all persuasions are losing touch and traction.
It highlights the surprising success of the brand-new, youth oriented party, Future Forward and the old-time Democrats’ very poor showing: “Familiar forces may continue to dominate the political landscape, but it also has resolutely changed. Traditional elites of all persuasions are losing touch, and traction.”
In the article, Professor McCargo who specialises in Thai politics, examines the significance of the results as an act of youthful idealism, represented by the recent hashtag translating to ‘We are grown-up now and can choose for ourselves’.