#thaistory parts one and two

Part one of the four-part story on Thailand can be viewed here on our server.

Alternatively, it is available here, here and here.

Part two is also up on our server.

Alternatively, you can find it here, here and here.

Parts three and four to be released next week.

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3 responses to “#thaistory parts one and two

  1. Playing with fire from a Thai perspective but nothing really new here, it has mostly been heard before and for anyone who spent more than a few years in Thailand it is depressingly accurate.

    Read episode one and it only scratched the surface of the Crown Prince’s shenanigans and relationship with Taksin (a more dangerous man is hard to imagine).

    Rumours are circulating of what will happen when the King dies, nothing pleasant for the Thai people whose would be leaders are looking to grab ultimate power as soon as he is cold.

  2. Read part two and it goes some of the way to defining the seminal power struggle of Taksin with the rest of the establishment up to the point he was thrown out.

    I had personal experience of Taksin in those years and he is the most unlikely democratic statesman. Towards the end he became self deluded and started identifing himself as being “Thailand” which maybe justified privatising the wealth of his country for his own good.

    He was not a great businessman, his telecoms empire was built by a British interest as he had viable political contacts to get the licences and government contracts, such as the satellite deal. The person who brokered the deal apparently now regrets his actions.

    Taksin was however shrewd and developed a whole new style of corrupt political organisation. I have never encountered such greed, distortion and cynical political manipulation of the masses and the rather weak venal institutions of the state.

    I am the first to admit that he was the first Thai politician to try to give things to the rural masses, however strange it must be to receive what was yours in the first place. The 30 Baht health scheme was a fraud at first and slowly improved but all this shows is how incompetent the country has been run for so long that basic healthcare was, surprise surprise, popular with voters.

    As for the buying of votes, this is widespread but the rate has gone up from 200 to 500 to 1000 Baht per vote. Money rules in elections, none of these “leaders” are democrats but are just investors, once they are in they need to recoup. In some ways the Thai voters deserve what they get, taking the money and then getting treated like idiots.

    Poor old Abhisit had to send the Army in to end the protests and some of the people who died were sincere but for some reason Taksin stayed far from the fighting, just poking the protestors with broadcasts. A truly dangerous individual.

    It is very sad to see his sister elected to get him of the hook and back into Thailand. The people who voted for him have not learnt from the mistakes of the past, they still do what they are told and paid to do, poverty is a great destroyer of ideals. I can only hope her political partners out manoevure her and get to the trough first.

    Teh detail was OK in the second piece but it is only touching the surface, where are the insightful revelations of the bsuiness delas and manouveuring that allowed these creatures to rip a country apart?

  3. imho, Thaksin is a lesser of evil. The worse kind of corrupted people are the military bigwigs. They made a lot of money on buying out-dated tanks, jets, and useless mine detectors. When Thaksin was PM, the MoD budget was ฿86 billlions, now ฿200 billlions. The poor privates still don’t get their per diems regularly. Abhisit govt and big military figures got off to easy for the bloody crack down. The government has not made any progress on the death of two foreign journalists. They blamed on Thaksin’s men in black. Actually, many soldiers at the protest areas were in black uniforms too. The army were able to killed many protesters but somehow they suspiciously allowed the burning and looting of the department stores and nobody ever raised this issue due to their iron-fisted control of all Thai media.

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