Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

PM survives Constitutional Court’s call in a close run thing raising real questions over his future

PM survives Constitutional Court’s call in a close run thing raising real questions over his future

May 23, 2024

Living, Politics, Thailand:

PM Srettha Thavisin narrowly survived a Constitutional Court order to stand down but now faces a court decision over appointing a minister jailed for bribery.… Read More ›

First-quarter GDP growth surprises analysts based on higher tourism and consumer spending growth

First-quarter GDP growth surprises analysts based on higher tourism and consumer spending growth

May 20, 2024

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Thailand’s top economic agency surprises analysts with higher-than-expected quarter-one GDP growth driven by a 24.8% rise in tourism and a 6.9% spike in consumer spending.… Read More ›

UK mother takes her family to live in Thailand to escape her own country’s cost of living crisis

UK mother takes her family to live in Thailand to escape her own country’s cost of living crisis

May 19, 2024

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

A UK mother flees the country’s roaring Cost of Living crisis. Jess from Cheshire relocated to Thailand with her partner and young daughter. The family… Read More ›

Finance Minister meets central bank boss as Fitch research house questions Thailand’s direction and tourism trade

Finance Minister meets central bank boss as Fitch research house questions Thailand’s direction and tourism trade

May 18, 2024

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Finance Minister Pichai Chunhavajira met with the Bank of Thailand’s chief amid weak economic growth and concerns from a Fitch research house about falling foreign… Read More ›

Health Minister intervenes to stem damage after confidence crisis sparked by 10-year-old rice sale

Health Minister intervenes to stem damage after confidence crisis sparked by 10-year-old rice sale

May 16, 2024

Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Rice Crisis causes the Public Health Minister to intervene in the 10-year-old stockpile disposal controversy. Minister of Public Health Somsak Thepsutin steps in as 10-year-old… Read More ›

Finance Ministry wants to rejig public debt figures by offloading 1997 financial crisis fund debt of ฿570 billion

Finance Ministry wants to rejig public debt figures by offloading 1997 financial crisis fund debt of ฿570 billion

May 14, 2024

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Finance Ministry proposes a debt shift to boost the economy amid tensions with the central bank. Thailand’s Finance Ministry seeks to offload ฿570 billion… Read More ›

The hard science is in. Regular potent Cannabis use is a danger to mental health. Bad news for the pot shops

The hard science is in. Regular potent Cannabis use is a danger to mental health. Bad news for the pot shops

May 13, 2024

Culture, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Hard science backs a ban on liberal marijuana recreational use. Thailand’s runaway pot shop industry is on the ropes. The kingdom’s PM last week ordered… Read More ›

Wissanu Krea-ngam, the legal maestro of the Prayut era appointed Chairman of the Bangkok Post listed company

Wissanu Krea-ngam, the legal maestro of the Prayut era appointed Chairman of the Bangkok Post listed company

May 11, 2024

Living, Media, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Legal guru Wissanu Krea-ngam takes the helm at Bangkok Post. Ex deputy prime minister, known for guiding General Prayut Chan Ocha’s governments through legal complexities,… Read More ›

Thaksin could play a positive role in resolving the civil war in Burma as the dynamic has already shifted

Thaksin could play a positive role in resolving the civil war in Burma as the dynamic has already shifted

May 10, 2024

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thaksin lined up to mediate peace in Burma. Ex-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra emerged as a key broker in possible peace talks amidst the escalating… Read More ›

Drivers in Thailand are turning their backs on the EV hype. Sales in April were down further at 18.4% from March

Drivers in Thailand are turning their backs on the EV hype. Sales in April were down further at 18.4% from March

May 8, 2024

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

EV sales plummet as the Thai market questions the hype. April sees an 18.4% drop, worsening from March 2024. Popular EV brands struggle despite generous… Read More ›

Near certainty that China now has a naval base on the Gulf of Thailand is coming at a dangerous time

Near certainty that China now has a naval base on the Gulf of Thailand is coming at a dangerous time

May 6, 2024

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

China’s naval base on Thailand’s doorstep. Tensions in Southeast Asia are rising. Thailand emphasises its unaligned status within the ASEAN bloc. Despite this, Chinese assertiveness… Read More ›

Microsoft investment in Thailand is a sign of progress. Digital economy could be a godsend for GDP growth 

Microsoft investment in Thailand is a sign of progress. Digital economy could be a godsend for GDP growth 

May 4, 2024

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Microsoft’s $1 billion data centre investment in Thailand is very good news. It is seen as part of a plan to ignite the digital growth… Read More ›

Ung Ing launches attack on the Bank of Thailand questioning the desirability of its independence from government

Ung Ing launches attack on the Bank of Thailand questioning the desirability of its independence from government

May 3, 2024

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s internal battle for power over the economy heats up as the Pheu Thai leader questions Bank of Thailand’s independence. Rising concerns over rocketing debt… Read More ›

Manufacturing index down for the 18th straight month but the economy grew 1% in the first quarter says central bank

Manufacturing index down for the 18th straight month but the economy grew 1% in the first quarter says central bank

May 1, 2024

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Thai economic data throws up a mixed bag as exports dip in March. However, the economy managed to grow by 1% in the opening quarter.… Read More ›

Cabinet reshuffle sees Pheu Thai tighten ship as it readies to drive the economy and digital wallet at full steam

Cabinet reshuffle sees Pheu Thai tighten ship as it readies to drive the economy and digital wallet at full steam

April 29, 2024

Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Pheu Thai tightens ship in cabinet reshuffle for economic drive and digital wallet scheme. Top changes include a new Finance Minister and shift in key… Read More ›

Sales of EV cars fell in Thailand in February and March 2024 challenging the kingdom’s vision as a green hub

Sales of EV cars fell in Thailand in February and March 2024 challenging the kingdom’s vision as a green hub

April 26, 2024

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand’s EV dream may just be turning sour. Sales plunged in February and March 2024, challenging the government’s vision. Market shifts worldwide are raising concern… Read More ›

Baht falls even after the Bank of Thailand’s intervention. It has lost 8.8% of its value in 2024 so far

Baht falls even after the Bank of Thailand’s intervention. It has lost 8.8% of its value in 2024 so far

April 25, 2024

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Thai baht tumbles despite intervention. Economic policy clash threatens confidence and stability. The baht breaks the ฿37 barrier against the US dollar despite the Bank… Read More ›

Big Joke lodges a malfeasance complaint with anti-corruption agency against PM Srettha Thavisin after losing job

Big Joke lodges a malfeasance complaint with anti-corruption agency against PM Srettha Thavisin after losing job

April 22, 2024

Crime, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Former top cop General Surachate lodges a malfeasance complaint against the PM with the anti-corruption agency. He alleges unfair treatment and vows to fight. Tension… Read More ›

Thailand’s oldest association endorses Big Joke after being fired Thursday amid a police corruption crisis

Thailand’s oldest association endorses Big Joke after being fired Thursday amid a police corruption crisis

April 19, 2024

Crime, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

One of Thailand’s oldest associations endorses Big Joke after suspension amid police crisis. The Southern Thai Association backed General Surachate Hakparn, also known as ‘Big… Read More ›

Big cabinet reshuffle talks confirmed by the PM after Songkran visit to Thonburi to meet Thaksin at home

Big cabinet reshuffle talks confirmed by the PM after Songkran visit to Thonburi to meet Thaksin at home

April 16, 2024

Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Major cabinet reshuffle talks confirmed by PM Srettha Thavisin after a Songkran visit to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Thonburi. Several ministers, including the… Read More ›