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  • OPINION

    Of lords, ladies and gentlemen

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 22/09/2019

    » Congratulations are in order to former Bangkok Post journalist Natalie Bennett who has been made a House of Lords peer and is now named Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle. Natalie, or rather Lady Bennett, who had been the leader of the Green Party for several years, was given this title in former prime minister Theresa May's resignation honours list last week.

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    Our car-free days just token effort

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/09/2019

    » For another year, today's Bangkok Car Free Day, the local version of an annual awareness-raising event observed in cities across the world, has been reduced to a PR stunt by the city administration and central government.

  • OPINION

    Turn disaster victims into flood fighters

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 21/09/2019

    » The heavy floods that have ravaged Ubon Ratchathani and other northeastern provinces are a wake-up call for authorities dealing with natural disasters.

  • OPINION

    Fuzzy logic doing a disservice to nation?

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 21/09/2019

    » I'm no legal expert, so I may not fully comprehend the legalese language of many court rulings, some of which just go right over my head, not because of the language itself but the logic within them.

  • OPINION

    Muslim sweep a disgrace

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/09/2019

    » In the wake of a series of bomb incidents in Bangkok and Nonthaburi last month that were blamed on Muslim suspects, the police have come up with a new "intelligence" mission that appears to constitute both outright discrimination and pure prejudice against a minority group of Thai youth.

  • OPINION

    When Thai Sayings Get A Gritty Reboot

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 20/09/2019

    » Popular sayings usually reference real-life occurrences that we can relate to. But as our world is ever-changing, those references may become outdated or untrue compared to what we see today. For your entertainment, I've played around with seven classic Thai sayings and proverbs to bring them to circa now with keeping-it-real references.

  • OPINION

    Still in dark over oath

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/09/2019

    » The single most crucial matter that should have come out of Wednesday's parliamentary debate on the prime minister's oath blunder is simple -- Gen Prayut's assurance that he and his government will abide by the constitution. That can put any wild speculation about a possible putsch and anxiety about prolonged political uncertainty to rest.

  • OPINION

    Politics of regional trade liberalisation

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 20/09/2019

    » As multilateral trade negotiations have become unworkable, regional and bilateral alternatives are on the rise. In Thailand's neighbourhood, the most consequential of these trade vehicles is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). As it missed the boat on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Thailand as Asean chair this year should finalise the RCEP expeditiously and find a way to accede to the CPTPP in the near future. Although the Thai political situation remains murky and contentious, there is enough domestic policy consensus on low-hanging fruits, such as regional and bilateral trade liberalisation, that should be reaped without further delay.

  • OPINION

    Ubon flood saga catches govt napping

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 20/09/2019

    » Watching Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha answering a telephone during a televised fundraiser for flood victims took me back to my childhood.

  • OPINION

    Thailand's 'wicked' development trap

    News, Published on 19/09/2019

    » For almost five decades now, Thailand has been a victim of the middle-income trap. From the 1970s to the 2000s, the country was ranked by the World Bank as lower-middle-income, advancing to upper-middle status in 2011. Considering the ongoing political uncertainty and weak governance institutions, the prognosis is that Thailand will likely remain at this ranking for many years. This has become a "wicked problem" for the country's economic and social development.

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