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  • September 30, 2014

    Leaked NRC names 'disappointing'

    ... organising such events on his own, and holding brainstorming sessions on three key reform issues, namely elections, decentralisation, and political parties, from next month onwards. He added that the NRC would eventually deliver conservative proposals, as the members chosen were known conservatives. ...

    Politics
  • September 29, 2014

    Curbing party leaders' influence

    PROMINENT academics and researchers have targeted the influence that political party financiers have over MPs as a main area in political reform that needs to be changed, suggesting that financiers' party contributions be capped. According to democratic principles, an MP's duty is to represent his or her...

    Politics
  • September 28, 2014

    Poll has shown why reform will be tough

    ... poll simply confirms the main problems facing interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha or, in fact, Thailand. Bangkok Poll has shown that the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties have switched places in terms of popularity, yet they remain the country's most and second-most popular political camps. Despite months-long street...

    Opinion
  • September 21, 2014

    Abhisit enjoys a surge in popularity: Bangkok poll

    ... cent of respondents stating that, followed by boasting the economy (30.1 per cent) and healing divisions in the country (19.8 per cent). Former Democrat MP for Phitsanulok Dr Warong Dechgitvigrom believes Pheu Thai's sagging popularity stems from corruption allegations in relation to scrapped rice-pledging...

    Politics
  • September 20, 2014

    Bruised but intact, Cameron survives the Scotland scare

    Cameron has escaped the miserable fate of becoming the Conservative and Unionist Party prime minister who lost the union - hardly a legacy to be proud of and a result that would probably have forced his resignation. The 47-year-old premier even raised the topic of his own future when he made his final pre...

    Opinion
  • September 19, 2014

    Scotland's next step No independence but more powers

    Devo max" -- greater powers which fall short of full independence -- was not on the referendum ballot paper. Britainโ s three main political parties ahead of the referendum agreed that Scotland could set more of its own laws from next year if it voted "No". "The status quo is gone," British Prime Minister...

    National
  • September 15, 2014

    Tarit is a sad reflection of Thai bureaucracy

    ..., whether one feels for the guy or not. Many think he's getting what he justly deserves. Tarit pulled no punches against the red shirts when the Democrats were in power, spearheading the crackdown on "terrorists". There were videos of him denouncing the red shirts' activities. His agency was instrumental...

    Opinion
  • September 15, 2014

    Far South peace talks 'must include all groups'

    DEMOCRAT PARTY leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and a former Muslim MP have voiced their support for continued dialogue between security authorities and insurgents based in the far South after the military's seizure of power in May. However, clearer rules and preconditions and internal arrangements need to be agreed...

    National
  • September 15, 2014

    Govt warned of 'fishy' deals like microphones for the Cabinet

    ... from all ministries and provincial governors on Wednesday when the prime |minister would inform them of the government's policies. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the government to ensure transparency in spending state funds for all projects. He said the public wanted transparency most in...

    Politics
  • September 14, 2014

    'Men in black sought millions to reveal name of mastermind'

    ... militants who took part in the violent - sometimes deadly - attacks during the 10 weeks of street protests by red shirts protesters against the Democrat-led government led by Abhisit Vejjajiva four years ago. Thaworn served as deputy interior minister during the government's tenure. Thaworn said four...

    Politics