Thailand as the world's entertainment


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I lived in Thailand for long enough to learn that the politics of the country is absolutely mad. I don’t find much time to blog about what’s happening in Thailand because I’m not there at the moment and I don’t have much to add to the discussion. There are more than enough Thailand blogs offering commentary and analysis.

Every now and then I check up on what the latest from the country is and it seems to be more like a sitcom each I time I look. With every development since the coup, the situation has become more farcical. But that’s just the way it is in Thailand.

In January last year I wrote a blog post about Thaksin quitting politics. There was a big song and dance about Thailand’s former PM retiring from politics for good. He’d had enough and just couldn’t stand it anymore.

As well as divorcing his wife, Thaksin is now returning to politics. Jatuporn Promphan from PPP was quoted in the Nation saying, “Khun Thaksin will announce on December 14 that he will return to politic [sic] to fight to defend his name. He will no longer stand still. He decided to come out to fight as he did not want to be attacked and cornered any more.”

So the man is back and it’s going to be a fight to the death. Apparently – and this is perhaps the most baffling part of the story – Thaksin divorced his wife because he is returning to politics. But, get this, “their divorce does not mean that they are no longer in love”.

Thailand is the world’s biggest sitcom.

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5 thoughts on “Thailand as the world's entertainment

  1. There are so many vested interests in Thailand…

    A man like thaksin is maybe no Angel, but I think that in the long term he is the best way for a real democracy.

    Yellowish partisans would just kill democracy, and worse, business too!

  2. As a Thai citizen, I think your comment that Thailand is the world's biggest sit-com is insulting. The social and political upheaval we are going through is serious and unprecedented, and several people have been killed over the last few months, with dozens more injured. I'm glad you find it so funny (??!)

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