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  • OPINION

    The political class

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 02/12/2018

    » While the politicians asking for your priceless vote were trying to make appointments at the spinal replacement clinic, the general prime minister went to Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel told him he should restore democracy in Thailand. He said he's going to have an election next year, and that was the end of it.

  • OPINION

    The death of vote-buying

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/11/2018

    » The government announced a brand new and unexpected Big Welfare Aid Programme (BWAP). Cynics, sceptics, anti-regime critics and even honest people wondered if the sudden decision to help the least-advantaged Thais just possibly has something to do with that other government programme -- so tantalisingly unspecified -- of an election that for the fourth year in a row has been pencilled in for, in the highly familiar phrase used by the general prime minister, "next year".

  • THAILAND

    The Lady is no champ

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 19/11/2017

    » Aung San Suu Kyi went to Manila to celebrate her second anniversary (Nov 8) as elected leader of Myanmar. Nine Asean colleagues and a few foreign bigwigs played along but she's not getting the international respect due a de facto president and Nobel Peace laureate any more.

  • OPINION

    The big issue: Flip-flop of the year

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/12/2014

    » Our betters of the Constitution Drafting Committee went into last week with a single issue on their minds. It was whether the Thailand of tomorrow should elect its next prime minister like the US and other republics elect their presidents — directly and nationally. The CDC's sub-committee on elections said "yes", great idea.

  • THAILAND

    The Big Issue: What happens next?

    Alan Dawson, Published on 22/03/2014

    » Remember the election last month? No, of course you don't. That was a trick question. There was no election last month, a flat fact written in stone by six wise men after a Friday morning meeting.

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