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  • OPINION

    Government lottery

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/04/2019

    » The current impasse with Thai politics in selecting a prime minister might never be resolved due to the problems with the rules as stipulated in the 2017 charter. Obviously, the rules were inadequate because there is no readily available solution.

  • OPINION

    'Built to burn'

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/04/2019

    » Re: "#Pray for Notre Dame", (BP, April 16). I join the rest of the world in weeping for the disastrous Notre Dame fire -- but The New York Times reported that Vincent Dunn, a fire consultant and former New York City fire chief, said "These cathedrals and houses of worship are built to burn. If they weren't houses of worship, they'd be condemned."

  • OPINION

    Bring in the boffins

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/04/2019

    » I believe the controversial problem of allocating party-list members of the House of Representatives according to Section 91 of the constitution requires the attention of professional mathematicians.

  • OPINION

    Democratic justice

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/04/2019

    » I wish to thank the 12 diplomats and their respective democratic countries for finally supporting the Thai people. Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai's comment, "It's an intervention in our justice system" is a joke. Without a truly democratically elected government there is no justice.

  • OPINION

    Every vote counts

    News, Published on 29/03/2019

    » The current debate over whether the party with the largest number of MPs should take the lead in forming the government, rather than the party with the largest number of votes, is misguided and does not take into account the new electoral system which a majority of Thai voters approved in a 2016 referendum.

  • OPINION

    'Worst is over' for Pheu Thai

    News, Published on 01/12/2018

    » The Pheu Thai Party has been battered by a series of political misfortunes of late and it is facing a hard time to get back to its former glory.

  • OPINION

    Midterms resonate across Atlantic

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 12/11/2018

    » One of the major political messages of the US midterm elections has been that rural voters dominate the cities. While the Democrats made enough gains in urban areas to take control of the House of Representatives, Republicans were able to expand their majority in the Senate, where each state gets two senators regardless of population size. In an election where neither side can claim a sweeping victory, President Donald Trump's party did as well as it did because the small towns and the more sparsely populated rural areas of the United States are still, in the main, Trump country. Meanwhile, Democrat votes pile up in the cities, uselessly, from an electoral point of view.

  • OPINION

    Can US democracy make a return?

    News, Published on 08/11/2018

    » The United States has long held itself up as a bastion of democracy. It has promoted democracy around the world. It fought, at great cost, for democracy against fascism in Europe during World War II. Now the fight has come home.

  • OPINION

    Japan goes shy on Khmer poll flaws

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Cambodia's general election on July 29 concluded with a sharp controversy. Skeptical voter turnout, a number of spoilt ballots, election boycotts and a sweeping victory by the ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) appeared in international media headlines. Shortly after the National Election Committee (NEC) announced the preliminary result, the US, the European Union, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany expressed concern that the election was neither free nor fair and failed to justify the spirit of democracy in the absence of the banned opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).

  • OPINION

    Voice for the voiceless

    News, Postbag, Published on 01/08/2018

    » Re: "No justice at all", (PostBag, July 30).

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