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Political reconciliation without collusion or conspiracy
February 26, 2015 1:00 am

Political reconciliation without collusion or conspiracy

The concept of a "national unity government" in Thai political culture has always been linked to a perception of "collusion" and/or "conspiracy".

Political reform can't succeed without a sense of humour
February 12, 2015 1:00 am

Political reform can't succeed without a sense of humour

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha told reporters last week that he was in fact a "funny guy" and that if he at times had looked miffed and frustrated over the questions posed by the scribes, he was only pretending. I assume he was suggesting that...

What do they talk about in 'attitude adjustment' sessions?
February 5, 2015 1:00 am

What do they talk about in 'attitude adjustment' sessions?

No, you don't have to develop an inferiority complex if you haven't been "invited" for a special session known as "attitude adjustment" with one of the officers assigned by the National Peace and Order Council.

How can the charter writers curb populist policies?
January 29, 2015 1:00 am

How can the charter writers curb populist policies?

The charter drafters are looking for ways to put an end to populist policies among politicians. That's an uphill task. Some may even say it's Mission Impossible.

Who is trying to rock the Old Man's boat?
January 22, 2015 1:00 am

Who is trying to rock the Old Man's boat?

When Deputy Premier Wissanu Krea-ngam speaks, hardcore political observers listen with special interest, hoping to glean inside information and interpretation from what is hidden between the lines.

The unlikely scenario called a National Reconciliation Govt
January 15, 2015 1:00 am

The unlikely scenario called a National Reconciliation Govt

Amnesty. National reconciliation. Reform. These phrases have stirred a new round of debate just as the National Reform Council (NRC) has begun work on drawing up what is supposed to be Thailand's long-term road map back to "sustainable...

Ten questions that shape the political landscape of 2015
January 8, 2015 1:00 am

Ten questions that shape the political landscape of 2015

If 2014 was a "Year of Turbulence" for Thailand, 2015 will be the "Year of Lull before the Storm." Or will it?

To fight graft, Freedom of Information Act must be overhauled
December 11, 2014 1:00 am

To fight graft, Freedom of Information Act must be overhauled

If the government is serious about reducing corruption, one of the most crucial steps to take is to get all political and bureaucratic agencies to disclose all relevant information to the public. Access to official information is vital to deterring...

When exactly is the next election due now?
December 4, 2014 1:00 am

When exactly is the next election due now?

Finance Minister Sommai Phasi triggered a mini-storm last week when he was quoted by the BBC as saying that the next election might not happen until the middle of 2016. "The timeline is more like 18 months than one year," he was quoted as...

Govt must pre-empt looming teacher crisis
November 27, 2014 1:00 am

Govt must pre-empt looming teacher crisis

If the ongoing reform process doesn't list education as one of the top priorities, the whole exercise will end up being a non-starter. All indications at the moment are that this might be the case.