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The rubber band stretches, then breaks

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It's not quite over yet, but the Great Rubber Farmers Revolt looks to be coming in for a smooth landing. There has been a lot of inconvenience and photogenic passion, but no one was hurt during the making and unmaking of this crisis. 

At its height last week, the rubber band of brothers and sisters closed major transport routes and threatened to embarrass Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's forum week, or worse.

Governments and mediators of the future may look back to the past week for instruction. Ms Yingluck and ministers never strayed from a calm front, as they refused to be lured into a populist solution to the protests by applying a rubber-buying policy to match their rice-pledging programme.

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