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EDITORIALPicked Senate hurts reform
28 Feb 2015 : One of the Constitution Drafting Committee’s (CDC) core missions is to provide an institutional design to pave the way for national reconciliation.
PostbagCDC plans worrying
28 Feb 2015 : I don’t think there is anything wrong with a Senate that is not elected by the people, but some of the proposals by the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) are worrying. Candidates are to be selected from five groups which are so obviously hierarchical in nature, ranging from Supreme Court presidents in the first group to healthcare experts in the lowest group.
08 Feb 2015 : Last week’s column featuring memorable headlines prompted a number of readers to recall their personal favourites. It seems that everyone has a headline tucked away in their memory cells.
08 Feb 2015 : Thai Airways International president Charamporn Jotikasthira is a man on a mission to save the national flag carrier from bankruptcy. After taking over the top job at the airline, Mr Charamporn has vowed to turn around the beleaguered national carrier. He announced plans to reduce costs, for instance, by selling 22 planes, scrapping unprofitable routes, boosting online bookings and offering an early-retirement programme to staff.
08 Feb 2015 : Re: “Stress, sleep woes take toll on nurses” (BP, Feb 6).
07 Feb 2015 : Readers continue to criticise attempts at reform, but they still fail to offer any alternative proposal. Clearly all previous attempts at democracy in Thailand have failed, so why anyone should clamour to have the same system back again is idealistic. Once again, the term “democracy” needs to be defined by the those who blindly crave it, for it does need to be different for different cultures. Regarding the coup, martial law and the current attempts at reform, long may the current situation continue until such time as a form of government acceptable to all parties has evolved. The term “benevolent autocracy” comes to mind. For a culture that is in the current state of development as is the case in Thailand, i.e. politically juvenile, that may well be an alternative interim option.
07 Feb 2015 : It was a sad week, a week of satanic beheadings, then the barbarous immolation, executed and filmed by that godless bunch as if in mockery of Hollywood war movies. A week of moral anger and global blood lust, from Amman to Tokyo by way of Iraq. A week of sadness that quickly morphed into something like vengeance, as war cries sounded over the medieval fortresses of Jordan and Egypt and echoed to the South China Sea.
07 Feb 2015 : The forging of a statement from the Royal Household Bureau about His Majesty the King's health is a serious infringement that has concerned the entire nation. Authorities must find the mastermind behind this impudent offence and bring this person to justice.
06 Feb 2015 : Re: "Pheu Thai sends 'facts' to US", (Online, Feb 3).
06 Feb 2015 : The recent brouhaha over controversial comments by visiting United States Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel has further complicated the bilateral treaty alliance between Bangkok and Washington.
06 Feb 2015 : The conflicts between the Public Health Ministry and the National Health Security Office (NHSO) are undermining the welfare of 48 million people under the universal healthcare scheme. They must come to an end.
06 Feb 2015 : When the euro crisis began a half-decade ago, Keynesian economists predicted that the austerity that was being imposed on Greece and the other crisis countries would fail. It would stifle growth and increase unemployment — and even fail to decrease the debt-to-GDP ratio.