Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Election Commission goes to court to have Future Forward disbanded for illegal funding over ฿200 in loans

Election Commission goes to court to have Future Forward disbanded for illegal funding over ฿200 in loans

December 13, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The new blow for Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is not unexpected by nonetheless brings the blunt prospect of removing Mr Thanathorn, his key associates and his new… Read More ›

Thailand cannot afford another year like 2019 and the borrowing stakes are getting higher moving into 2020

Thailand cannot afford another year like 2019 and the borrowing stakes are getting higher moving into 2020

December 11, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

On the positive side, there are three bright hopes. One is a decline in the value of the Thai baht against the expectations of financial… Read More ›

Government already in fire fighting mode yet it retains its core support according to the latest NIDA poll

Government already in fire fighting mode yet it retains its core support according to the latest NIDA poll

December 9, 2019

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The most negative number in the opinion poll published this Sunday is that over 61% of the public feel Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha is… Read More ›

Vern Unsworth loses the legal case against Musk in LA, considering proceedings in the UK and Thailand

Vern Unsworth loses the legal case against Musk in LA, considering proceedings in the UK and Thailand

December 7, 2019

Foreigners, Media, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Friday’s decision was down to one thing. The jury of college-educated Californians simply not feel that Mr Unsworth’s reputation had been damaged. And whether we… Read More ›

Richest man in Thailand calls for less time spent at school and a Thai education revolution for a new era

Richest man in Thailand calls for less time spent at school and a Thai education revolution for a new era

December 6, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The Chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Dhanin Chearavanont made his radical thinking on education public at the World Education Forum in Paris this week. The… Read More ›

Prime Minister not concerned at plans for a street protest as Thanathorn issues a warning

Prime Minister not concerned at plans for a street protest as Thanathorn issues a warning

December 4, 2019

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Monday night met former Thai Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun after he made his speech at the Foreign Correspondents… Read More ›

PM’s speech may signal a tougher line in dealing with the Thai baht now thwarting growth of the economy

PM’s speech may signal a tougher line in dealing with the Thai baht now thwarting growth of the economy

December 2, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The chief strategist of Krungthai Bank Jittipol Puksamatanan believes that Thailand’s massive $222 billion in foreign reserves is what is driving the appreciation of the… Read More ›

Outlook for the Thai economy is bleak and will get bleaker due to its rapidly ageing population – biggest issue

Outlook for the Thai economy is bleak and will get bleaker due to its rapidly ageing population – biggest issue

December 1, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Media, More News from Thailand, Thai World:

Thailand is facing an array of economic challenges that will take radical and strong leadership to even keep at bay in the next twenty years… Read More ›

Thailand and Hong Kong plot closer economic ties and free trade pact as the city is mired in political crisis 

Thailand and Hong Kong plot closer economic ties and free trade pact as the city is mired in political crisis 

November 30, 2019

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand is to use Hong Kong as a gateway to China’s Greater Bay area while Hong Kong will use Thailand as a gateway to the… Read More ›

Chaos as senior officials deny easing and postponement the chemical ban announced by the Industry Minister

Chaos as senior officials deny easing and postponement the chemical ban announced by the Industry Minister

November 28, 2019

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

Extraordinary press conference saw senior officials of the Thai government deny the briefing given to the media yesterday by the Minister of Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit… Read More ›

Shock parliamentary defeat exposes the weakness of the coalition already riven with tensions and factions

Shock parliamentary defeat exposes the weakness of the coalition already riven with tensions and factions

November 27, 2019

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

MPs walked out after the Speaker Chuan Leekpai called for a recount of votes following the surprising government defeat vote by 234 votes to 230… Read More ›

Chemical ban delay to cause a government crisis as shock move rebuts Bhumjaithai ministers

Chemical ban delay to cause a government crisis as shock move rebuts Bhumjaithai ministers

November 27, 2019

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

The ban had been driven fiercely by junior agriculture minister Mananya Thaiset for whom today’s decision will be seen as a setback. The move also… Read More ›

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of foreign investors, job creators into the future

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of foreign investors, job creators into the future

November 26, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Thailand’s flagship industrial project will require a lift in educational standards if it is to attract the best firms worldwide to succeed. Minister has also… Read More ›

Thaksin’s son off the hook on money laundering charges connected with Krung Thai Bank loan scandal

Thaksin’s son off the hook on money laundering charges connected with Krung Thai Bank loan scandal

November 25, 2019

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Judges found that the monies given to Mr Panthongtae Shiniwatra were advanced as part of a new business venture that never got off the ground.… Read More ›

Court ruling on Thanathorn shares opens other MPs to scrutiny and possible electoral law legal action

Court ruling on Thanathorn shares opens other MPs to scrutiny and possible electoral law legal action

November 23, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Meanwhile, activists continue the relentless campaign against Mr Thanathorn and the radical Future Forward Party. The firebrand young leader is also facing further probes by… Read More ›

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grew as ministers look at prospects for 2020 

Despite an export contraction, Thailand’s 2019 trade surplus grew as ministers look at prospects for 2020 

November 22, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

Trade friction and world economic instability likely to continue under the present US administration. Thailand still aims for 3% export growth in 2020 and economic… Read More ›

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over prohibited media link

Future Forward leader Thanathorn removed as MP by the Constitutional Court over prohibited media link

November 20, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

The decision is not the end of Mr Thanthorn’s legal woes as a number of other complaints have been filed against him. He could also… Read More ›

Deputy PM Somkid warns that public speculation on the economy could undermine sentiment and confidence

Deputy PM Somkid warns that public speculation on the economy could undermine sentiment and confidence

November 19, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, Thailand:

Thailand’s economics boss quoted a respected thinker and Prime Minister of Thailand from the 1970s Kukrit Pramoj who said that too much talk or commentary… Read More ›

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online and are less loyal

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online and are less loyal

November 18, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Media, Personal, Thailand:

Study’s conclusions also highlight Thailand’s demographic challenge as the older market of baby boomers punch above their weight due to extended lifespans and the impact… Read More ›

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures of what is going on

Conflicting messages on the Thai economy as two opinion polls paint different pictures of what is going on

November 17, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The problem is not that the Thai government is trying to ‘spin’ the story but that there are genuinely two different ways of looking at… Read More ›