One of the characteristics of the palace during last reign was a general public quietness and stability. We are sure there was plenty of palace politics, but for the the public the image was of stability, with some important palace officials in place for decades. When there was change or sackings, these were not usually […]

Junta efforts to be rid of Future Forward have centered on Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Piyabutr Saengkanokkul. The junta’s efforts have been cheered by anti-democrats who have decided and/or been convinced that Future Forward is, variously, far too progressive, republican and/or Thaksinite. Thanathorn has faced several accusations, some being investigated by the Election Commission and some […]

Because the military regime’s five years of political manipulation seems to have been unsuccessful in convincing voters, anti-democrats are becoming panicked. Those anti-democrats who populate the elite are exasperated at having tried again and again since 2006 to turn Thailand on the royalist path to Thai-style democracy and failed.The junta’s “election” is just the latest […]

An interview with the Bangkok Post by Election Commission chair Ittiporn Boonpracong is headlined “Setting the record straight.”It is nothing of the sort. Like the administration of the “election,” it is nothing short of a scam. Where Ittiporn “admits” to flaws in the “election,” these are described as relatively minor problems that the EC can […]

Agence France-Presse has an interesting report on the fabulously wealthy in Thailand. It begins by noting that Thailand “has 50 billionaires – ninth in global rankings – [while] 14.5 million people live on welfare…”. It adds that wealth – or inequality – was “a hot election issue this year…”. In fact, PPT can’t think of […]

A day or so ago, the Bangkok Post reported that “legal expert” to the junta, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, told the Election Commission that it should seek to have the Constitutional Court delay the date the EC is meant to announce the 95% election result. We immediately recalled that the “election” itself was delayed […]

Wasant Techawongtham is a former news editor at the Bangkok Post. His op-ed today, summing up the Election Commission’s and military dictatorship’s finagling of the “election” result is worth a read. That there are much bigger countries running huge elections without all of the screw ups Thailand has seen is a point made by Wasant […]