Thai Government Marks Time

The Financial Times reports on the Thai PM’s plan to buy more rice from farmers as a way of shoring up his support:

Political analysts expressed scepticism that the unusual gambit would resolve the crisis.

“It is part of the government answering the offensive by the PAD and continuing to legitimise itself in a democratic way,” Giles Ungpakorn, a Chulalongkorn University political scientist, said of the referendum plan. “But if the government wins the referendum, will the PAD shut up and go home? No! They are not in a mood to compromise.”

True enough. All this maneuvering seems like a calculated effort to buy time while the government figures out whether it can find a way not to compromise with, split or use force against the PAD. It has no obvious way onto any of those paths.

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