I had been hoping to lighten the mood with a few of the best jokes from the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe which concludes in Scotland this weekend. Unfortunately, the jokes are either not particularly funny or I can’t understand them. So prepare for a quick groan.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha took a bold gamble last week when he appointed one of the architect’s of Thaksin Shinawatra’s populist economic policies to steer the country’s finances.
I fully agree with Nigel Pike's sentiments, "Be wary of invaders", (BP Aug 29). I too have learned to greatly respect Thailand's immigration control, protecting its borders. A nation without borders has no sovereignty as we witness in Europe. All 28 European Union member states have lost their sovereignty because they joined the EU.
Farmers’ debts have become so severe and chronic that every government in recent memory has been forced to make it a priority. The military-led administration of Prayut Chan-o-cha is no exception, and earlier this month the Prime Minister expressed concern over the nation's 1.9 million indebted farmers. He has ordered several ministries to find urgent solutions to the problem and emphasised farmers should be saved from losing their farmland.
The peace-building process in the South took another shaky step forward on Thursday when separatist groups emerged publicly for the first time to speak as "one voice" with the Thai government. But some critics interpreted the step as a victory for the Thai government in undermining and discrediting militant wings of the movements.
I read with some incredulity the comment by the police general who is heading the investigation into the Aug 17 bombing, that a Thai group was unlikely to have carried out the attack because it was “too brutal for Thais to inflict on their compatriots”.
Many times when high-profile crimes are committed in Bangkok, police trying to solve them are frustrated by CCTV cameras that either don't work or, when they sometimes do, provide blurred, useless footage.
Of course it was just a joke, how could it not be?
I recently saw a magazine cover that featured a man who had an extremely strange and long name. I don't even remember the name, what he did or why he was on the cover. All I remember is that his name was really weird. It was the Thai equivalent of "Dsfjosoifandegfio". In other words, it looked like someone had spilled Scrabbles tiles and decided to use the resulting mess as a name.
Regarding mobile phone tracking in connection with the Erawan bombing (BP, Aug 26), we know the approximate time and location of the sender. A little help from the telecom operators would reveal the SIM card and IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of the caller and receiver. It would also allow listening in on the recording to reveal nationalities and finally permit tracing the ring of conspirators. If the culprit was so foolish to have a registered SIM and fail to turn off his GPS it would be all the easier. The police should have tried this earlier and saved on reward money.
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