Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Prime Minister and Budget director issue strong warning about the legally stalled 2020 budget

Prime Minister and Budget director issue strong warning about the legally stalled 2020 budget

January 24, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

The Speaker of the House of Representatives sent the legal issue arising out of MPs facilitating each other on votes by using colleague’s voting cards… Read More ›

Vital ฿3.2 trillion spending bill could be sunk after former Democrat MP raises valid legal concerns 

Vital ฿3.2 trillion spending bill could be sunk after former Democrat MP raises valid legal concerns 

January 23, 2020

Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has expressed concern at the development but says officials are ready to respond to keep the economy primed in this… Read More ›

Bank of Thailand relaxes property lending rules as ministers move to boost bank liquidity for firms

Bank of Thailand relaxes property lending rules as ministers move to boost bank liquidity for firms

January 21, 2020

Economy, Thailand:

Given the external factors and the relatively small size of the Thai economy, the government and economic chiefs are doing what it has to do… Read More ›

Future Forward celebrate judgment but a bigger test awaits before the court over Thanathorn loans case

Future Forward celebrate judgment but a bigger test awaits before the court over Thanathorn loans case

January 21, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

Case taken up by the court over ฿192 million in loans from Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit calls for the party’s dissolution as provided for under the Political… Read More ›

Thai health officials vigilant as they brace for Chinese New Year tourists as new virus spreads rapidly in China

Thai health officials vigilant as they brace for Chinese New Year tourists as new virus spreads rapidly in China

January 20, 2020

Living, Thailand:

Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London and the MRC Centre of Global Infectious Disease Analysis has warned that the outbreak in China is probably… Read More ›

Future Forward leader predicts inter-generational strife if the new political party is dissolved by law this Tuesday

Future Forward leader predicts inter-generational strife if the new political party is dissolved by law this Tuesday

January 18, 2020

Politics, Thailand:

Political science experts are more nuanced about the implications for Thai politics if the new party meets its demise at the hands of Thailand’s Constitutional… Read More ›

Inequality has been rising in Thailand since 2015 as the kingdom becomes officially an aged society in 2021

Inequality has been rising in Thailand since 2015 as the kingdom becomes officially an aged society in 2021

January 16, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

By 2100, Thailand’s population will have dropped by over 32% to 46 million with an increasingly aged society. In the short term, there are also… Read More ›

Future Forward Party push law to open up beer production in Thailand in a bottom-up economic approach

Future Forward Party push law to open up beer production in Thailand in a bottom-up economic approach

January 15, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The Progressive Breweries and Distilleries Act was published by the radical new party in Thai politics this Tuesday by leader  Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. It is the… Read More ›

Finance minister says government top economic priority is reform which requires large inward investment

Finance minister says government top economic priority is reform which requires large inward investment

January 13, 2020

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The minister emphasised that any measures taken to curb the value of the Thai baht will be part of a package and will not interfere… Read More ›

Electricity price freeze requested by Deputy PM to help Thai households cope with the slower economy

Electricity price freeze requested by Deputy PM to help Thai households cope with the slower economy

January 12, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The kingdom’s Electricity Generating Authority is one of the country’s success stories providing power to businesses and homes at an economical cost while maintaining a… Read More ›

Thaksin and Yingluck strike out into the exciting new world of DNA health technology in LA with new product 

Thaksin and Yingluck strike out into the exciting new world of DNA health technology in LA with new product 

January 10, 2020

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

The ex-premiers are co-founders of the UK firm with Professor Chris Toumazon and Dr Maria Karvela. DNA nudge is currently based in Covent Garden in… Read More ›

Battle against the bully baht to save the Thai economy from further economic slowdown in 2020

Battle against the bully baht to save the Thai economy from further economic slowdown in 2020

January 9, 2020

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The Deputy Secretary-General at the Office of the Prime Minister Kobsak Pootrakool this week highlighted the ‘worrying’ situation that the Thai economy finds itself in… Read More ›

Trump to address Americans after Iranian attack on air force base housing US troops last night

Trump to address Americans after Iranian attack on air force base housing US troops last night

January 8, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

In Thailand, the prospect of a conflict between the United States and Iran has raised alarm as the kingdom already has nationals working in the… Read More ›

Polls show the public becoming more polarised as Deputy PM assures public there is nothing to worry about

Polls show the public becoming more polarised as Deputy PM assures public there is nothing to worry about

January 5, 2020

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

Super Poll’s Noppadol Kannikar while commenting on the latest disturbing findings has criticised the coalition government’s messaging which he concludes is being outdone by Future… Read More ›

Army chief’s comments show that a showdown with the Future Forward Party is coming sometime in 2020

Army chief’s comments show that a showdown with the Future Forward Party is coming sometime in 2020

January 2, 2020

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

On Thursday, General Apirat Kongsompong put all military units on a heightened state of alert and vowed that he would not let anyone ‘burn the… Read More ›

Economy continues to spiral downwards as the baht breaks the ฿30 barrier in the other direction

Economy continues to spiral downwards as the baht breaks the ฿30 barrier in the other direction

December 31, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The malaise in Thailand’s export and manufacturing sector is beginning to feed more and more into employment levels with a series of factory closures before… Read More ›

Rice price spike but drought conditions to recede – security concern for the Mekong river

Rice price spike but drought conditions to recede – security concern for the Mekong river

December 30, 2019

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

Last year at the height of the drought crisis, the Thai government reached out to Beijing and called in the Chinese ambassador to discuss conditions… Read More ›

Public support swings behind Thanathorn and Future Forward as the political party faces dissolution

Public support swings behind Thanathorn and Future Forward as the political party faces dissolution

December 29, 2019

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Thanathorn sent a message of thanks to all supporters of the party in 2019 in a Facebook message on Saturday. It talks of a struggle… Read More ›

Chinese domination of Thailand’s e-commerce sector to grow further with the Eastern Economic Corridor

Chinese domination of Thailand’s e-commerce sector to grow further with the Eastern Economic Corridor

December 28, 2019

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand appears to have lost out in the race to find its own Jack Ma or e-commerce market leader in a market increasingly dominated by… Read More ›

Output down by over 7% as the government opens social security to older self-employed Thais

Output down by over 7% as the government opens social security to older self-employed Thais

December 26, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

In spite of lowering factory output, exports and depressed public sentiment, the Thai state’s revenue for October and November grew by 4.6%, well ahead of… Read More ›