For the Caesars, there was no more effective way to win love and legitimacy than throwing coins to the adoring populace from treasure chests plundered from conquered territories.
For the Pheu Thai government, the treasure chests (taxpayers’ money) have too many gaping holes at the bottom. They are running out of coins. The rice pledging scheme is what it is, but now the government must look forward to the all-important two trillion baht infrastructure bill.
On March 29, the bill passed the first reading with 284 votes in favour, 152 votes against and 21 abstentions. There will be two more readings. The Senate can force the House of Representatives to review the bill, but eventually, if the House insists, the Senate cannot stop the bill. With Pheu Thai holding an absolute majority in the House, the infrastructure bill is expected to pass the second and third readings.