Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.
The talk of the town this weekend was the debate on Thai Rath TV's Direct Question with Jomquan talk show on Friday night on the Crown Property Regulations Act, between Dr Arnond Sakworawich of the National Institute Development Administration (Nida) and Ms Panusaya "Rung" Sitthijirawattanakul, one of the firebrand protest leaders of the Khana Ratsadon movement and a student at Thammasat University's Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
Former prime minister Anand Panyarachun has broken his silence on the political conflict, which he described as nothing unusual as this has happened countless times in the past 88 years since Thailand transformed from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy.
As the anti-government protest drags on, we will witness what looks like a rerun of the months-long protest held about six years ago by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) led by former Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban to force the resignation of acting prime minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan and the Pheu Thai-led government.
Much to the relief of many, the anti-dictatorship protest at Sanam Luang yesterday ended peacefully and quickly. This was thanks to the protesters, who gathered under the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration's (UFTD) banner, the government and especially the police, who have shown extraordinary patience in avoiding hostile confrontations -- even though some of the remarks made on stage by the speakers were provocative.