I don’t suppose the people involved will thank me for saying so but since the print demise of the old Night Owl, the Database section in the Bangkok Post has become the sharpest and most accurate part of that newspaper. Today’s edition (it is in the printed section Wednesday – not sure when it was first on the website) has a very sensible approach to the ‘evidence’ of the eight wolves and one lamb the other day:
“If you can’t say nee sua paa jorake, put it this way: Out of the frying pan into the fire; telecoms firms apart from the state duopoly definitely thought of fleeing the tiger only to meet the crocodile in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Thaksin assets; the Court’s finding that Shin Corp of Shingapore (and previously Thailand) profited from cabinet decisions during the Thaksin years appeared to have emboldened the government into claiming that your ToT and your CAT Telecom “lost” billions, and a total rewrite of concession and other agreements could be in the offing; that would only take Thai telecoms back into the 20th century, result in high new charges for consumers and make 3G mobile phone service a fantasy instead of a dream; legally, of course, putting a phone in the hands of every Thai has theoretically cost the state-owned firms a lot – except that the state-owned firms were (and are) incapable of meeting the needs of the country at any price; every other telecom firm has certainly profited in the past two decades, but then so have consumers; a return to strict regulations would mean a return to the days when it was illegal to own a modem or a Telex machine, and the only legal way to communicate was to rent equipment from the state.”
I am reminded by the period after 9/19 when pathetic little Surayud was posing as Prime Minister and made some particularly stupid announcements (presumably made by the higher order vampires) that caused the market to crash and then had to come before the world in his too big uniform (he is only 18 inches high) with his dirty little face all scrunched up and say ‘sorry, we don’t understand emoconomicals and please don’t crash our stock market.’
Vampires cannot run modern economies properly. It’s time to move on.