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  • OPINION

    This is no democracy

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/05/2019

    » Vint Chavala, how can you call this country democratic when you have had nearly 20 coups? Sorry, but business people do make good leaders.

  • OPINION

    Journalism's duty of quality

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/05/2019

    » As the #NationBusted hashtag circulated online on March 20 following widespread criticism about Nation TV's broadcasting of a doctored audio clip, The Nation newspaper did not attempt to play down the story the following day. Neither did it bury the story for the sake of saving the face of its sister media house. Instead, it carried the story on the front page of its print edition.

  • NEWS

    Crystal Palace deny takeover talks with Thaksin

    Sports, Online Reporters, Published on 16/05/2019

    » Crystal Palace are not in talks with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for a possible takeover of the English Premier League club, according to the Evening Standard.

  • OPINION

    Instability threatens economic growth

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 27/04/2019

    » Without decisive winners from the March 24 poll, there are fears that political instability will affect the country's economy. Such concerns are understandable given that three parties, namely the pro-military Palang Pracharath Party, and Pheu Thai Party and Future Forward Party (which brand themselves as the anti-regime camp), are engaging in a post-election tug of war.

  • OPINION

    Fifty fascinating years in Wonderland

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/04/2019

    » Having first arrived in Thailand a few days before Songkran, each year the festival approaches it sparks memories of those early days in the Kingdom. This year is slightly more significant because earlier this week marked my 50th year in Thailand, or to put it another way, roughly 18,250 days. That sounds decidedly scary. The frightening thing is that I can remember those early days better than the events of last week. The immature youth is now an immature wrinkly.

  • OPINION

    A step forward

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/04/2019

    » Re: "FM's outburst", (BP, April 10). I could understand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai's outburst at the diplomatic saga which took place at Pathumwan police station where 12 diplomats from the EU, UN and Western embassies were present to observe the sedition proceedings against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Future Forward Party leader. But I have two observations:

  • OPINION

    Post-poll policy: Dynamic continuity

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 26/03/2019

    » Speculation is rife about imminent changes in Thailand's diplomatic direction after five years of military-ruled guidance. Political pundits and campaigners ahead of the polls last week also sent out strong signals that they expect a new cabinet in Government House with new policies. One of the casualties would be Thai-Chinese ties, which have progressed and strengthened without waveringly over the past five years. However, the outcome of Sunday's election indicates that whichever parties form the next civilian government, there will be little effect on the country's foreign relations or the current Asean chair. Indeed, Thailand's foreign policy will become more dynamic with continuity.

  • OPINION

    PM's tricky position

    News, Postbag, Published on 30/03/2019

    » Re: "Poll uncertainty lingers as count nears finish line", (Commentary, March 29).

  • OPINION

    Political 'cobras' are poisoning our democracy

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 01/04/2019

    » People who are familiar with Thai politics must know the metaphor ngu hao, literally cobra, which implies betrayal, dirty political games and bargaining.

  • OPINION

    Coups not the answer

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/05/2019

    » Re: "Regime is here to stay", (Editorial, May 22). While the Bangkok Post correctly points out that the "many Thais who initially backed the regime … should have come to realise now that a military coup can never be a real solution to a flawed or corrupt government", the reality betrays an even deeper failure to understand Thai affairs by those Thai citizens who supported the coup. The piously unfulfilled promises made up to justify the latest overthrow of the supreme legal pillar of the Thai nation -- the constitution, that defines every other official Thai institution -- should never have been credible to anyone given the decades-long history of coups that have served only to prevent the evolution of healthy democratic solutions to Thailand's endemic corruption and other political ills.

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