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Thailand's first citizen's charter puts bureaucracy to real...
July 30, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's first citizen's charter puts bureaucracy to real...

Thailand's first "citizen's charter" has come into being, with an official launch ceremony chaired by Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha. But don't be surprised if the majority of the Thai people still aren't quite aware of its...

Cabinet reshuffle: Rumours, trial balloons and facts
July 23, 2015 1:00 am

Cabinet reshuffle: Rumours, trial balloons and facts

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha isn't saying whether he will reshuffle the Cabinet, despite growing indications that he is under pressure to produce a new line-up that can better enhance public confidence.

A TV debate between Prayut, Yingluck and Abhisit ?
July 16, 2015 1:00 am

A TV debate between Prayut, Yingluck and Abhisit ?

It's not likely to happen, but wouldn't it be interesting if someone could get Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha and his two predecessors - Yingluck Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva - to appear together on the same TV programme to discuss...

Thailand CANNOT ENDURE as a 'mai pen rai' country
July 9, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand CANNOT ENDURE as a 'mai pen rai' country

Despite all the hoopla about the 11 areas of "reform" on the official agenda of the National Reform Council (NRC), there is no real hope that any substantial action will be taken after the proposals are tabled in the next few months.

Just a temporary truce in the war of words over casinos
July 2, 2015 1:00 am

Just a temporary truce in the war of words over casinos

The prime minister might have told the national police chief to stop his campaign to legalise casinos in Thailand, but you can be sure that the controversy won't just die away. It's only a matter of time before the hot issue rears its ugly...

A new ROAD-MAP TWIST: consolidation versus reconciliation
June 25, 2015 1:00 am

A new ROAD-MAP TWIST: consolidation versus reconciliation

The political road map towards the next election is being revised so extensively that anyone could get lost, take a wrong exit or pull over to a roadside "rest stop" for an indefinite break.

WHICH ROAD MAP are we talking about today?
June 18, 2015 1:00 am

WHICH ROAD MAP are we talking about today?

If someone should ask you today whether you believe the government will ultimately follow its road map, you should respond with a question: "Which road map are you talking about?"

Call for 'reforms before elections' forces a detour in...
June 11, 2015 1:00 am

Call for 'reforms before elections' forces a detour in...

Opinion polls and web pages advocating "reforms before elections" have sprung up. But users of the social media have also been describing this push as an attempt to extend the tenure of the interim government.

What's the fuss over 'citizens' and 'people'...
June 4, 2015 1:00 am

What's the fuss over 'citizens' and 'people'...

Does it really matter whether the new constitution uses the term "citizens" instead of "the people" or "persons"? For chief charter writer Borwornsak Uwanno, the answer is, yes, it's crucial. In fact, it's the...

New election timeline is anybody's guess
May 28, 2015 1:00 am

New election timeline is anybody's guess

Now that all parties concerned have agreed on holding a national referendum on the new constitution draft - a provision that isn't incorporated in the current interim charter - how is General Prayut Chan-o-Cha's "road map" towards...