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Taxing the rich: It's tough. That's why it must be done
September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Taxing the rich: It's tough. That's why it must be done

You can't say Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha isn't ambitious in his national agenda. As soon as he put down in writing that his government will tax the rich to create a more equitable society, cynics began to suggest that he had bitten...

Corruption, Yingluck and rice scheme
September 11, 2014 1:00 am

Corruption, Yingluck and rice scheme

The verbal exchange was a rare one, and as its focus was former Premier Yingluck Shinawatra and allegations concerning corruption in the controversial rice price-pledging policy, it inevitably escalated into a showdown that became the talk of the...

National Reform Council or a talking shop?
September 4, 2014 1:00 am

National Reform Council or a talking shop?

The overwhelming interest among leading figures from various fields in offering themselves to be screened to join the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) should pave the way for a dynamic exchange of views over where Thailand should go next.

Cabinet and NCPO: Will the twain ever meet?
August 28, 2014 1:00 am

Cabinet and NCPO: Will the twain ever meet?

A joke being shared in the social media depicts a fictional exchange between a reporter and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha:

NCPO's road to real reform could get bumpy
August 21, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO's road to real reform could get bumpy

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) says it will give the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) a "free hand" in debating the 11 areas of proposed reform. But the final decision on who will be named to the council still rests...

NIT: In search of an alternative to populist policy
August 14, 2014 1:00 am

NIT: In search of an alternative to populist policy

Members of the think-tank at the Finance Ministry have been thinking aloud about how to find an alternative to controversial and expensive populist policy. Their mission is to identify the "real poor", engage them and make them part of...

NCPO facing litmus test of its political will
August 7, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO facing litmus test of its political will

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) appointed by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) isn't supposed to be a democratic body. It is meant to pass laws considered vital to the powers-that-be. It doesn't pretend to represent...

Interim constitution: There's more to it than meets the eye
August 1, 2014 1:00 am

Interim constitution: There's more to it than meets the eye

If you read the provisions of the interim constitution carefully, you will get sufficient hints to draw your own picture of what the new political landscape looks like.

Roadmap Phase II: The uphill climb gets tougher
July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Roadmap Phase II: The uphill climb gets tougher

"We are praying for you. You should pray for us too

General Prayuth's dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?
July 10, 2014 1:00 am

General Prayuth's dilemma: A single, dual or triple role?

In one way, he doesn't want to be seen as the "Supreme Leader". But then, since he has decided to take the plunge, he will have to see the mission through - and most people around him have told him he will have to go through with it...