⭕•Comment: Thailand now finds it’s in a similar situation Henry VIII found himself in with his first wife (Catherine of Aragon) in dealing with the Pope to try to have his divorce approved so he could re-marry.
If the constitution is amended as sought by the incumbent government the opposition party, the Democrats, will never ever return to power again, they will dissolve. Thailand will change forever to a broad based social democracy led for the people by the people and the power of the military would be reduced accordingly and the possibilities of another military coup would be lost. The military would report to the government not the other way round.
Henry VIII’s decision in the 1530′s meant that England would no longer report to the Pope or seek his guidance and approval and the Church of England was born, with Henry the Head of the church… [RDF NZ]
A round up of Thailand’s news:
⭕•World: Suu Kyi to travel abroad. NKorea says it will test bombs, missiles. Nato meets to discuss Afghan withdrawals. Syria shells, kills protesters.
⭕•Bangkok: Yellow shirts to file suit for “overthrowing constitution”. Public Health Ministry assures public no senior officials selling drugs.
⭕•MRT: Phaholyothin, Rama IX and Thailand Cultural Centre subway train stations have been closed temporarily for maintenance. They should resume service after 9am
⭕•People polled recently gave the Yingluck Shinawatra government an average grade of 6.23 out of 10 for its performance, according to results of NIDA Poll.
⭕•PAD plans to file a lawsuit against 416 MPs and senators for attempting to abolish the constitution and petition against them with the NACC on April 26.
⭕•Asia will register overall economic growth of about six percent this year despite Europe’s ongoing crisis, the International Monetary Fund said. Thailand, where exports took a hit in the last quarter from floods that interrupted supply chains and declining demand in Europe, was projected to show renewed growth of 5.5 percent this year and 7.5 percent next year,
⭕•China will firmly support efforts to maintain the stability of the euro and the European economy, Premier Wen Jiabao told German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday, state media said.
⭕•Legendary US television presenter and producer Dick Clark, known for introducing rock and roll music to millions of Americans, died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 82, his family said.
⭕•As London marks 100 days to go until the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games, venues are on schedule and within budget, tickets are selling out as quickly as they become available and sponsorship revenue has exceeded expectation.
⭕•Celebrity Sharon Osbourne says tv talent show emcee Simon Cowell is power-mad because he’s not very well-endowed. Speaking on a US chat show, the outrageous former X Factor judge said Cowell suffers from ”small-penis syndrome” and claims his cocky demeanor is compensation for his limitations. [Sun UK]
⭕•The Federation of Thai Industries is concerned about labor shortages in many provinces that have not yet increased the daily minimum wage to 300 baht as laborers are flocking to Phuket and six other provinces that have already raised the daily wage. Employers in many industries such as garments, food, electronics, and small and medium-sized enterprises are now facing a serious shortage. [Nation]
⭕•Airlines: Passenger numbers passing through Suvarnabhumi, Phuket and Thailand’s other four main airports run by Airports of Thailand increased 8.8 percent in the first quarter to 19.62 million, with 12.15 million international travellers (up 6.2pc) and 7.47 million domestic (up 13.3pc). [Phuket Wan]
⭕•Funny: A plane is descending rapidly from the air, and the passengers are all scared stiff.
Suddenly a women near the front of the plane stands up and takes off her shirt. She proceeds to yell, “Is there a man on this plane that can make me feel like a REAL woman before I die?!”
She continues to yell this for about ten minutes before a man in the very back takes a stand. He proceeds to say “Yeah I can make you feel like a woman.”
He then takes off his shirt and throws it towards her and says, “Here! Iron this!”