Politics

Tensions within government as COVID-19 crisis grows darker with public confidence in free fall

Tensions within government as COVID-19 crisis grows darker with public confidence in free fall

July 11, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

A key player has emerged at the heart of government at the centre of its struggle to survive during the COVID-19 emergency. Controversial but reputedly… Read More ›

Only 1.8% of the people in one poll this week said that they had any confidence in the government

Only 1.8% of the people in one poll this week said that they had any confidence in the government

July 9, 2021

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

Loei MP Lertsak Pattanachaikun warned that Thailand could become a failed state with rising public debt and an economy which, unlike other world economies right… Read More ›

Top official – fully vaccinated people must wear double face masks against more infectious Delta virus strain

Top official – fully vaccinated people must wear double face masks against more infectious Delta virus strain

July 7, 2021

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

With a surge in infections being reported on Wednesday, driven by the more infectious Delta variant of Covid-19, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the government spokesman has… Read More ›

New ‘Green’ future for tourism in Phuket as officials crack down on prostitution on the island

New ‘Green’ future for tourism in Phuket as officials crack down on prostitution on the island

July 5, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The Phuket reopening looks like it is achieving some moderate success as a senior Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) official heralds a new Green or,… Read More ›

MP criticises stirred up health official, calls on him to fight the virus instead of being emotional

MP criticises stirred up health official, calls on him to fight the virus instead of being emotional

July 2, 2021

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Top doctor at Siriraj hospital predicts infections of over 10,000 cases per day as many officials now accept that Thailand finds itself at the mercy… Read More ›

Phuket tourists fly in but the success of the plan is uncertain due to red tape and needling restrictions

Phuket tourists fly in but the success of the plan is uncertain due to red tape and needling restrictions

July 1, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

PM greets foreign tourists at the airport in Phuket with smiles and selfies after earlier telling an audience on the island that the country is… Read More ›

4th wave threatens to collapse the public health system as PM orders trainee doctors to Bangkok

4th wave threatens to collapse the public health system as PM orders trainee doctors to Bangkok

June 25, 2021

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

Thailand could be on the brink of a fourth and even more deadly wave of the virus as a top Thai doctor warns that daily… Read More ›

Thamanat’s new job is to make Palang Pracharat the kingdom’s largest voting bloc in parliament

Thamanat’s new job is to make Palang Pracharat the kingdom’s largest voting bloc in parliament

June 23, 2021

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The continued rise of Captain Thamanat even after explosive allegations about him emerged in September 2019 in an Australian newspaper tells us a lot about… Read More ›

Central bank to lower GDP growth forecast as its attention turns to private sector debt management

Central bank to lower GDP growth forecast as its attention turns to private sector debt management

June 22, 2021

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

Bank appears to be getting ready to tackle skyrocketing household debt levels which continue to significantly outpace GDP gains. Such a move could in itself… Read More ›

Thailand abstains as the UN calls for Myanmar’s return to democracy and a junta arms embargo to quell conflict

Thailand abstains as the UN calls for Myanmar’s return to democracy and a junta arms embargo to quell conflict

June 20, 2021

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Young people across Myanmar take up arms as the wave of protests against the February 1st coup morphs into an effort to create an alternative… Read More ›

Coalition MPs support opposition’s constitutional reform plan to scrap the Senate’s right to vote on PM 

Coalition MPs support opposition’s constitutional reform plan to scrap the Senate’s right to vote on PM 

June 17, 2021

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

14 amendments will be debated by the Thai parliament from June 22nd to 24th including a call by all parties involved in Wednesday’s meeting with… Read More ›

Closure of Phuket bars and alcohol restrictions turn off prospective foreign tourists says survey

Closure of Phuket bars and alcohol restrictions turn off prospective foreign tourists says survey

June 16, 2021

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

Survey does show that there is interest in visiting Phuket and that some are already booked to come after July 1st. However, there is frustration… Read More ›

Defiant Prayut vows to lead his government to full term until 2023 election and post virus economy

Defiant Prayut vows to lead his government to full term until 2023 election and post virus economy

June 16, 2021

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PM offered an apology on Tuesday after he came out fighting on Monday evening following a day of crisis when the vaccine supply debacle over… Read More ›

Chaos and confusion as vaccination drive is left in disarray with no new doses supplied this week to facilities

Chaos and confusion as vaccination drive is left in disarray with no new doses supplied this week to facilities

June 15, 2021

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

Rural Doctor Society is blaming the Prime Minister as the Head of the CCSA for this week’s debacle while most anger and frustration has been… Read More ›

Taiwan accuses Thailand of prioritising its own access to the AstraZeneca vaccine amid delays

Taiwan accuses Thailand of prioritising its own access to the AstraZeneca vaccine amid delays

June 13, 2021

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

A massive 79.47% of the Thai public want to see their local authorities handle the distribution of vaccines as significant majorities have no confidence in… Read More ›

Loan bill passes but Thai economic prospects are not bright with a 1.8% 2021 GDP gain predicted

Loan bill passes but Thai economic prospects are not bright with a 1.8% 2021 GDP gain predicted

June 12, 2021

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

The Kingdom and the government must strive hard to keep up the vaccination drive to have any chance of overcoming the virus crisis but the… Read More ›

Anutin signs up Pfizer for 20 million doses but warns that Covid-19 may be with us for some time into the future

Anutin signs up Pfizer for 20 million doses but warns that Covid-19 may be with us for some time into the future

June 11, 2021

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

Experience in Bahrain where 50% of the population was vaccinated primarily with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine but which suffered a surge in infections at the… Read More ›

Bottlenecks as 28 die after receiving a vaccine amid surging demand with 5% already vaccinated nationwide

Bottlenecks as 28 die after receiving a vaccine amid surging demand with 5% already vaccinated nationwide

June 10, 2021

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Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srisangson confirms all vaccine doses are being logged and all adverse reactions are being investigated. She… Read More ›

Anutin: General Election may be called by the PM within the next 12 months after cabinet advice

Anutin: General Election may be called by the PM within the next 12 months after cabinet advice

June 9, 2021

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The government also scored notable victories in the parliamentary sphere last week with the passage of the budget bill, the appointment of Minister of Finance,… Read More ›

Jab site for expats as country’s second vaccination phase begins driven by locally produced AstraZeneca doses

Jab site for expats as country’s second vaccination phase begins driven by locally produced AstraZeneca doses

June 8, 2021

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

AstraZeneca gamble by the government appeared to be paying off this week as the UK Swedish firm confirmed that the kingdom now has a sustainable… Read More ›