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  • OPINION

    The glue doesn't stick

    News, Postbag, Published on 16/06/2019

    » The excuse that the "skewed scales must have been due to poor glueing during its making" offered by the director of the Chumpholphonphisai School in explanation for the controversial Wai Kru flower arrangements as reported in the Bangkok Post's June 15 edition, is priceless.

  • OPINION

    Stuck in our own Orwellian nightmare

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 04/06/2019

    » Go and read Animal Farm. Watch Inception too, as they may help us appreciate the multilayered paradoxes that are Thai politics today. After all the diversions, however, the reality remains that the 2017 constitution must be rewritten, or we will be forever stuck with "all votes are equal but some votes are more equal than others".

  • OPINION

    Brave MPs a ray of hope

    News, Published on 08/06/2019

    » With political parties fighting tooth and nail for key cabinet portfolios and doing whatever it takes to have a chance to join a coalition government, two of them have let their principles and honesty take a back seat to the power grabbing.

  • OPINION

    What went wrong for the Democrats?

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 07/06/2019

    » It is hard to believe today that Thailand's Democrat Party was widely worth rooting for not so long ago. In past eras of military-authoritarianism, Democrat MPs used to be seen as a force for good, pitted against ruling generals in support of popular rule. Somehow during the current military regime that dates back to the September 2006 coup, Thailand's oldest party has tilted away from democracy towards authoritarianism. But just as the party is demoralised and in disarray, it offers a silver lining in new and fresh faces that could offer a way forward if party elders are willing to step aside.

  • OPINION

    Raise palm prices

    News, Postbag, Published on 01/06/2019

    » I would like to bring the severe problem of the low price of palm fruits to the attention of the relevant parties.

  • OPINION

    Thaksin's no angel

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2019

    » Re: "Coups not the answer", (PostBag, May 23). I fully agree with Felix Qui that coups are not the solution to Thailand's political maladies and government corruption. I also agree that Thaksin Shinawatra was highly successful in garnering the support of poorer segments of society, largely because he was the first politician to give marginalised Thais any attention, however meagre.

  • OPINION

    Global warning

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/05/2019

    » I heard some Thai youth were due to protest older people's inaction in this country on global warming yesterday in Bangkok. Given the horrors that await them if little or nothing is done by our leaders, I hope they are successful in getting some action from people who seem totally oblivious to the problem, or are too old or inflexible to care.

  • OPINION

    5 years backwards under military rule

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 24/05/2019

    » Now that five years have elapsed since Thailand's last military coup, it is an opportune juncture to take stock of where the country is heading. When it seized power in May 2014, the military junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, initially had legitimacy from royal ascent and broad approval from its restoration of stability and order after more than half a year of street protests in Bangkok by the People's Democratic Reform Committee that was intent on overthrowing the Pheu Thai government.

  • 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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