New Cabinet Line Up; Bombs; Doing the Timewarp (Again)

The new cabinet has been announced and received its royal endorsement. Perhaps the most noteworthy change has been the demotion of former Interior Minister Chalerm Yubamruang and his replacement by a copper, Pol. Gen. Kowit Wattana, who also becomes one of the (far too) many deputy prime ministers. Mingkwan Saengsuwan has moved from Commerce to Industry, although Finance Minister Surapong Suewonglee has kept his job. Chaiya Somsab, who was forced to resign in one of the court attacks, has returned as Commerce Minister. There are various other changes but do not seem to be any more women and diversity is noticeable by its absence. Such is life.

Seven bombs exploded in Songkhla last night, fortunately wounding only two people. However, a man described as a ‘Muslim teacher’ was shot dead in Yala, On Thursday, a bomb explosion injured 17 people and closed circuit TV has apparently helped identify some suspects. Two soldiers were wounded on Tuesday by a remote controlled bomb, also in Yala. In other criminal news: anti-democracy activists are holding another mob demonstration in Central Bangkok, disgracefully trying to attach their names to those who died actually protesting for democracy. Some are determined criminals intent on bringing down democracy in Thailand altogether and others are just useful idiots.

Ten debutantes have been unveiled as the newest entrants to Thailnd’s high society. The young women, sorry ladies, are apparently ““instilled with good education, good manners and special skills that are good ideals for the new generation.” Let’s go back to the 1950s, when paramilitaries patrolled the streets, the courts threw people into prison without evidence or after show trials, war was threatened with neighbours on the flimsiest of pretexts and all was well with the world. Eh? Oh.

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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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