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New charter is a big maze of puzzles of walls and paths
February 4, 2016 1:00 am

New charter is a big maze of puzzles of walls and paths

There is no way any group of people can draw up a new constitution that could be universally hailed as being the “ideal” piece of legislative work. It’s even worse where there is suspicion at every step of the drafting process that the military...

Why populist policies must incorporate anti-graft measures
January 28, 2016 1:00 am

Why populist policies must incorporate anti-graft measures

What has populist policy got to do with corruption? A lot, according to Thailand’s top graft-fighter, Panthep Klanarongran, who has just retired after nine years at the head of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

New charter: The buck stops here for next PM
January 21, 2016 1:00 am

New charter: The buck stops here for next PM

The outcry went up even before anyone got to know the details of a new clause in the constitution now being wrapped up at a Hua Hin retreat: Three public agencies will be accorded new powers to keep close checks on the government over any policy...

Reconciliation: Substance must come before form
January 14, 2016 1:00 am

Reconciliation: Substance must come before form

The two main pillars of this government -- reform and reconciliation -- remain illusive despite all the talk about moving the country forward.

2016: Make-or-break year for ‘Mr Good Guy’
January 7, 2016 1:00 am

2016: Make-or-break year for ‘Mr Good Guy’

Astrologers have done their bit. In order to get attention, they have resorted to extreme predictions

Be prepared for 2016: Year of The Naughty, Wily Monkey
December 31, 2015 1:00 am

Be prepared for 2016: Year of The Naughty, Wily Monkey

As 2015 draws to a close, many of you might be tempted to mutter “Good riddance!” But there is no guarantee that the incoming year will offer anything better, at least for Thai politics, the economy and society in general.

If all ministers were required to be ‘honest and ethical’
December 24, 2015 1:00 am

If all ministers were required to be ‘honest and ethical’

The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has adopted a new resolution: Cabinet members in the government after the next election must “possess honesty and ethics”.

Where does Thailand stand on the ‘S curve?’
December 17, 2015 1:00 am

Where does Thailand stand on the ‘S curve?’

Somebody mentioned the “S Curve Theory” to me the other day

Why education reform must be driven by the private sector
December 10, 2015 1:00 am

Why education reform must be driven by the private sector

When the country's top 25 business tycoons met Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last week, they probably discussed the full range of "opportunities" available to the government and business leaders. Which topics were discussed behind...

When the old boatman switches to a ferry midstream
December 3, 2015 1:00 am

When the old boatman switches to a ferry midstream

Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha stirred another round of heated debate last week when he said that his mission to return the country to democracy couldn't be likened to piloting an "old uncle's boat". It's a "big ferry"...