You'll never walk alone?
Singapore may be allowing table dancing, Malaysia may finally be catching up with corrupt politicians and the Philippines may be flirting with disaster, but the really interesting social experiment taking place in South-east Asia has to be in Thailand. For better or worse (and probably for better and worse) the current administration of Thaksin Shinawatra is trying to change the social life of Thailand forever. From a campaign that is literally a “war on drugs” (over 1,000 people killed and counting) to the current “social order” campaign (well covered in a recent New York Times article), Thaksin has shown that he has a vision of the future and is going to be ruthless about achieving it, whatever the cost.
Bizarrely, the only thing that may derail him is his insane plan to buy Liverpool football club. Someone ought to tell Thaksin that reversing the decaying fortunes of England’s former champions is going to prove a lot more difficult than getting Thai teenagers into bed by 10pm, that’s for sure.
[Thanks to Butch for the NY Times link.]