I read, with interest, David James Wong's ''Stop whining!'' (PostBag, April 24). It is an emotional, rather than a rational response that doesn't offer much of a solution to Thailand's problems.
That said, no country is perfect. The UK is great in many ways, but is suffering from self-inflicted wounds at the moment. Some North European countries are wonderful in many ways, but still have their problems. Canada is hard to beat, but also has its faults.
Thailand likes to tout itself internationally as a civilised, developed, democratic country with much to offer expats and tourists alike in terms of culture, facilities, lifestyle. If that is so, then I think it is reasonable that the country meet a ''minimal international standard of behaviour'', especially since it encourages people to come here and support the economy.