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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.

Control and command mentality will undermine reform
November 20, 2014 7:17 am

Control and command mentality will undermine reform

If the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the Prayut government think "control and command" is the name of the game when it comes to dealing with the media and academics, then the reform process is bound to fail even before the...

What does a constitution for reform and reconciliation look like?
November 13, 2014 1:00 am

What does a constitution for reform and reconciliation look like?

If the chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee had his way, the new charter would be brief, devoted to national reconciliation, a deterrent to "populist policy" and would first be subject to a national referendum.

Will General Prayut keep his roadmap deadline?
November 6, 2014 1:00 am

Will General Prayut keep his roadmap deadline?

A renowned astrologer known for his public support of the military has gone on the record as suggesting that one year might not be sufficient for Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha to put the country back on track.