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In defence of the grass roots
September 3, 2015 1:00 am

In defence of the grass roots

He might have said it in jest, but it was taken quite seriously in certain quarters: The term "rakya" (grass roots) is banned. In its place, Thais should use "low-income people" or "less educated people", Deputy Premier...

Somkid's economic team has to hit the ground running
August 27, 2015 1:00 am

Somkid's economic team has to hit the ground running

The day he was ousted as deputy premier for economic affairs, MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, apparently upset, publicly rejected Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha's invitation to become one of his advisers.

Why September will be the hottest political month of 2015
August 20, 2015 1:00 am

Why September will be the hottest political month of 2015

Politically, September promises to be the hottest month of the year, with all of the most controversial issues being raised, debated and settled one way or the other. Whichever the political direction after that, one thing is certain: It won't...

Demise of the NRC brings us to crossroads of shaky road map
August 13, 2015 1:32 pm

Demise of the NRC brings us to crossroads of shaky road map

The National Reform Council (NRC) will wrap up its mission today after nine months of fanfare as well as much scepticism over its task.

Suthep's vow of support for govt: Boon or bane?
August 6, 2015 1:00 am

Suthep's vow of support for govt: Boon or bane?

If Suthep Thaugsuban, head of the newly formed Muan Maha Prachachon for Reform Foundation, can hold a press conference to air his opinions about national reform, then Nuttawut Saikuar of the red-shirt movement should also be able to meet the press to...

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...