Politics

Blame the Immigrants

Posted on 14th Sep 2017 by Chakers in Europe.

Big news item in the UK today 'Tourists are ruining Britains landmarks by piling up stones and could be jailed for it'. I get where they are coming from with this but wouldn't a sign asking people to put the stones back after they finish their selfies be more appropriate? Of course you have to have an expert on the radio to explain why but could they not find an actual expert? Did it have to be amateur archaeologist Brian Oldham, "You can pile the stones up but they won't walk back on their own. Someone has to put them back". Really? Has Brian the expert not heard of the law of 'Entropy'. How does he think the stones got to...

The Great Rice Scandal

Posted on 25th Aug 2017 by Chakers in Thailand.

Yingluck Shinawatra had everything and yet she didn't know it. She made no secret of her admiration for Aung San Suu Kyi the Burma Prime Minister, hero worshipped Nelson Mandela the late President of South Africa and held Barack Obama former President of the USA in the highest esteem. Yingluck, nickname Pu, saw them as principled, leaders of the peoples, possessing no limits on the price they were willing to pay for those in poverty. Pu swept to an inevitable victory in the 2011 Thai free election on a mandate of reducing business tax and policies to eradicate poverty especially in Isan. She had more than 20 million supporters, a third of...

Silenced

Posted on 11th May 2017 by Chakers in Thailand.

Creepy. Eerie. A 'not quite' silence that whispers "Junta". Nobody wants to talk politics. Mention the Government and you can see in their faces a wantonness. But they do not know what to say. In a restaurant the owner looked fleetingly around as if there may be microphones or cameras, Big Brother, keeping an eye on them so they do not say anything subversive. It is still the same Thailand, the same people, the same Government. It is still the Land of Smiles but there is a sense of trepidation among the 'natives'. That if you say anything remotely political that the Junta do not like you will be rounded up and charged under Section 112....