A Changing Political Climate in an ASEAN Nation

A senior figure in Vietnam’s parliament on Wednesday described recent reforms in the country as “sluggish and unsatisfactory” and urged the communist government to act faster to push through legislation for the benefit of the public…    “If those who have to move do not move, those who have to push will have to push,” he told a forum of businessmen and economists attended by journalists.


I changed three words in the Reuters report. One was Myanmar, which became Vietnam. The next was civilian, which became communist, and the third was the man’s name, Shwe Mann, which became just he.

It is highly unlikely that such a story as that at the top of my page would actually appear, because, as I’ve noted before, Communist regimes are intrinsicially unable to reform themselves politically. They can introduce market economics, essential to prevent famine and ruin, but any serious political reform?

If they do so, they collapse, as happened in Russia. If you give people a true democratic choice, they kick the bums out.

Being nice to Hanoi has not given Vietnamese the right to vote, the right to strike, the right to worship or the right to produce or enjoy free media. Perhaps the West should re-assess its policies, and turn the screw on the red oligarchy as it has been doing to Yangon’s junta.