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Reform Council: Nobody is promising utopia in one year
October 30, 2014 1:00 am

Reform Council: Nobody is promising utopia in one year

The chairman of the National Reform Council (NRC), Dr Thianchay Kiranant, may have been described by some close friends as being "straight as a ruler" - meaning that he isn't someone to strike a compromise even if it's politically...

Reform agenda: Separate politics from state enterprises
October 23, 2014 1:00 am

Reform agenda: Separate politics from state enterprises

We have yet to hear from the "superboard" what measures will be taken to overhaul the country's state enterprises. But if the State Enterprise Policy Commission, as the board is officially known, fails to "depoliticise" all...

Reform blueprint might just be a red herring to divert public...
October 16, 2014 1:00 am

Reform blueprint might just be a red herring to divert public...

At first glance, the "reform blueprint" released by the Defence Ministry Permanent Secretary's Office to members of the newly formed National Reform Council (NRC) looks rather suspicious.

Bhutan: Can social media enhance Gross National Happiness?
October 9, 2014 1:00 am

Bhutan: Can social media enhance Gross National Happiness?

Bhutan, the only country in the world to make "Gross National Happiness (GNH)" a national policy, has also drawn up a social media policy with an interesting twist: the social networks can be an important tool for GNH and good governance.

What exactly will the 250 'reformers' be doing?
October 2, 2014 1:00 am

What exactly will the 250 'reformers' be doing?

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha has pleaded with the public to refrain from making critical remarks about how the 250 members of the National Reform Council (NRC) were picked. He promised to replace anyone who doesn't prove to be qualified.

From analog control to digital coup?
September 25, 2014 1:00 am

From analog control to digital coup?

It should have come as no surprise to those in the know. But then very few people in the know were involved in the plan to declare "the digital economy" the main pillar of the Prayut Cabinet.

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: