More Interesting Times on the Horizon


It seems like we may be in for more interesting times starting next week, if not before. On Monday, a court is due to make a judgment about the so-called saplings case: numerous cabinet ministers are accused of corruption over a policy to purchase a large number of saplings to plant in Isan to help with deforestation and to offer some income-generating opportunities for the poor people there and there are allegations of … well, not sure exactly, purchasing decisions? Proper procedures? There is, of course, as Stringer Bell once observed, a game beneath the game. On the same day, the UDD is due to present its petition of several million (last claim was five million) signatures calling for a Royal Pardon for Thaksin Shinawatra – this will presumably be turned down for legalistic reasons (to obtain a pardon, apparently, a person must have served at least a part of a prison sentence, no matter what the quality of the judges who gave the verdict). The disappointment may lead to some demonstrations. Meanwhile, repellent ultra-rightist demagogue Sondhi Limthongkul is making ever wilder evidence-free accusations against the political leaders of the day – he is motivated by what he sees as the unwillingness of the police/polis to unearth the truth behind his supposed assassination attempt (I of course do not condone violence but, if I did …). Yesterday he was accusing Interior Minister Suthep , a major financial supporter of the Democrat Party, of being a traitor and in cahoots with Khun Thaksin. He is unlikely to stop his ranting and has the coverage guaranteed by his ownership of various media outlets. Presumably the police and military will be ready for whatever they think is going to happen – it may just be coincidence but there seem to have been more traffic police stopping vehicles, perhaps watching who is coming to Bangkok? Maybe just revenue-generation but who knows what will happen? I often think that I have no real idea what is going on at all.

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JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

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