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Risible rice scheme harvesting problems for 'Master Plan'

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Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practise a populist policy that is ill-conceived. A scheme to help farmers is much needed _ no one should deny that. A poorly planned scheme riddled with holes and masked in secrecy doesn't help anyone _ this also is undeniable. 

Given the all-important push for the amnesty bill (the next reading is set for August), Thaksin Shinawatra needs everything to go smoothly to create a politically favourable climate. But not everything is going smoothly, and the boss is not happy, as he made known in his latest Skype meeting.

Whatever happened to the minds that launched the Otop and 30-baht healthcare schemes back during the Thai Rak Thai days? Sure, these programmes weren't flawless, and they still have their detractors, but overall, they were conceived well enough, and were successful in bettering the lives of a particular group of people and the country as a whole.

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