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Veera Prateepchaikul

Former Editor

Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.

Veera Prateepchaikul
6 Feb 2023

Sympathy, but little support for protest

The young pro-democracy activists Tantawan "Tawan" Tuatulanon and Orawan "Bam" Phuphong appear determined to put themselves on a path of self-destruction for their cause.

6 Feb 2023 49
Sympathy, but little support for protest
23 Jan 2023

Weed bill sees rivals take high ground

The fate of the Cannabis Bill appears to be sealed now. This means the bill, which seeks to decriminalise hemp and cannabis in particular, for medical, commercial and industrial purposes, will not pass the second reading of the House during this parliamentary session.

23 Jan 2023 15
Weed bill sees rivals take high ground
9 Jan 2023

PM finally nails colours to political mast

All eyes will be on the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre after 4.30pm today. Representatives of Thai and foreign media outlets and many defectors from other parties, including Palang Pracharath (PPRP) and Pheu Thai, will be there for a major political event -- the formal registration to join the United Thai Nation Party (UTN), or Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party.

9 Jan 2023 14
PM finally nails colours to political mast
26 Dec 2022

Stakes high as Prayut switches parties

Finally, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Friday his decision to join the Ruam Thai Sang Chart, or United Thai Nation (UTN) party, to become its first choice candidate for the premiership at the next election.

26 Dec 2022 16
Stakes high as Prayut switches parties
12 Dec 2022

Mingkwan drops bombshell on party

Mingkwan Saegsuwan, former deputy prime minister and commerce minister, dropped a bombshell on the very first day that he was presented to the media by Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, leader of the Palang Pracharath Party, as a new member and possibly head of its economic team.

12 Dec 2022 3
Mingkwan drops bombshell on party
28 Nov 2022

PM has aces up his sleeve ahead of poll

With the Apec Summit over, the focus from now on is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and two issues. The first is when will he join a political party to contest the next election and the second is when will he dissolve the House of Representatives.

28 Nov 2022 24
PM has aces up his sleeve ahead of poll
14 Nov 2022

Can Democrats stop rash of defections?

An interesting event took place at a restaurant in the Sala Daeng area last Thursday. It was the first lunch get-together between Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul and former Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

14 Nov 2022 29
Can Democrats stop rash of defections?
31 Oct 2022

Sad decline of the Democrat Party

What is happening to Thailand's oldest party, the Democrat Party, under the leadership of Jurin Laksanawisit?

31 Oct 2022 32
Sad decline of the Democrat Party
10 Oct 2022

Lessons to learn from nursery tragedy

Narcotic drugs, methamphetamines in particular, and guns, when they are mixed together, are a dangerous chemistry for violence -- much worse than the combination of alcohol and guns.

10 Oct 2022 56
Lessons to learn from nursery tragedy
3 Oct 2022

Silently complicit in a far-fetched ruling

The Constitutional Court's ruling that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's eight-year term in office did not expire on Aug 24 and that he can stay on is far-fetched.

3 Oct 2022 36
Silently complicit in a far-fetched ruling