Let me get this straight. The Thai government encourages the building of automobile manufacturing plants here. Then the banks offer unprecedented financing plans to allow people to buy them. As a grand finale, the government offers first-time buyers a Bt1
Now we have new cars all over city streets, but not many on the highways. This is because 90 per cent of the highways in Thailand are two-lane roads, one lane in each direction. The US has monitored what few two-lane highways still exist there and found them to have the highest accident rates.
So what does the Thai government do? Does it borrow Bt2 trillion to begin a programme of widening the highways or possibly even an aqueduct to run off some of the water heading south every year? Of course not – that would be too logical. Rather, it borrows that money to build a high-speed train system.
Observation balloons, aircraft carriers, almost a submarine, a high-speed train and maybe even a nuclear power plant. So you say, “If that’s the way you feel, why don’t you leave?” Why would I? It’s more fun staying here and watching the Keystone Kops revisited.