Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quote of the week: Thaksin advises businessmen not to enter politics

"If you are a businessman, think hard if you are tempted to play politics."

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra speaking via video link after the country's highest courty seized $1.4bn of his assets, having ruled that he abused his power while in office.

While Thaksin blamed "mean politics" for the "discriminatory" ruling, it's worth pointing out that it was the self-same politics that allowed him to grow his fortune.

Although the much-feared violence has yet to break out, Thailand still remains as politically divided as ever.

In the words of Duncan McCargo, an expert on Thai affairs at the University of Leeds, what the country now needs badly is "a political compromise – a big dodgy deal, in short".

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