Hope and change in Thailand
Some good detail on Thailand from the BBC. I'll single out two vignettes:
Away from the stage I came across Noong Lak, a demure lady in her 50s. She and her sister had made a long journey to join the festivities.
"We had to sell all our rice to come tonight," she says. "Maybe later we won't have enough to eat. We might have to catch frogs or live off fish but we wanted to support our radio station.
"Now the government only looks after the rich - it doesn't care about poor people like us."
At one of the tables I meet Ploy, a young woman with a red ribbon in her hair.
She has just graduated from a university in Chon Buri, south of Bangkok, where she had to keep a low profile as the only red-shirt in her class.
"Many people hate Thaksin and say he is a thief," she says. "But he is the first prime minister who has given something back to this country.
"Perhaps he is corrupt - I don't know. Everybody in power is corrupt but he at least gave some benefits to the poor".
Yep. And no multi-trillion bailouts for banksters, either.
Of course, the movement these two women were part of, the red shirts, has been suppressed. I doubt very much it will stay suppressed long.