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Two recommended recent articles from Not the Nation. (The two main English language dailies in Bangkok are the Bangkok Post and The Nation, hence the title of the online spoof of Thailand’s news.)

Illegal Airport Taxis To Be Punished With King Power Shopping Trip (“Violators now subject to 5-hour layover and Bt20,000 minimum purchase of overpriced duty-free “)

Life-Size Thaksin Cardboard Cutout Industry Saves Economy. Despite Not the Nation‘s reporting that 15,000 people are now employed making such cutouts, not everyone is pleased.

However, Sathit Lompongpan, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Finance, warned that any boost to the economy was probably temporary. “What we’re witnessing is just a further example of the non-sustainability of Thaksinomics,” he told the press. “All this purchasing of life-size Thaksin cardboard cutouts just takes away from working people’s disposable income and adds nothing to the permanent economy or national infrastructure.”

Sathit recommended that the industry that creates life-sized cardboard cutouts of His Majesty the King be encouraged and supported instead.

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