Songkran, alcohol ban : Council of State gives -legal- green light

That was fast ! The Council of State was in a hurry to give back the hot potato… to the government.

Abhisit is trapped. Now, he has to decide.

Ouch… That’s a difficult word for our dashing Prime Minister…

On the right, the thai talibans who ask for a ban on alcohol sales during Songkran… On the left, the crisis, the sinking tourism, the fact that the government should have much more important issues to deal with

And in the middle Abhisit who wants to look cool-with-liberties-but-also-on-a-moral-highground…

Come on : be a man. Make our day. Dive into a sea of ridicule by imposing a ban on alcohol sales… Please. The world needs to be entertained. 😉

In any case, Abhisit loses.

Head (ban), he loses.

Tail (no ban), he loses.

The government has the authority to ban alcohol sales during the Songkran festival next month, the Council of State says.

The government’s legal arm said the proposed ban on alcohol sales was not in conflict with an announcement issued by the ruling National Executive Council (NEC) in 1972.

The ban could be issued under the 2008 Alcohol Beverage Control Act and not contravene the 253rd announcement of the NEC, Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbode said. (Bangkok Post)

3 Responses to “Songkran, alcohol ban : Council of State gives -legal- green light”

  1. 1 fall 29 March 2009 at 3:05 pm

    On one hand, the Dem alcohol-sponsor groups (who also sponsor the protest of another beer-brand entering SET) most likely pressure our glorious PM in not enforcing the ban.

    On the other hand, the Dem-Chamlong tied groups would likely want the ban enforce and Abhisit need some SUCCESS to show the public, NOW.

    Alas, the sad state of indecisiveness… money or support…

  2. 2 prokester 30 March 2009 at 6:13 am

    Madness, I can even get hammered every day during Ramadan in many ME countries…..but these mad twats want to try and stop somchai and co hitting the lao kao…. Not a chance me thinks. Expect the same stream of overloaded pickups and motorbikes on their annual lemming outings. If anything this madness will make it worse… might encourage a bit of good old English style binge drinking.
    A protest is in order. A mass drinking party from the 11-13th.

  3. 3 Bedwyr 30 March 2009 at 7:19 am


    I can’t quite make up my mind if they just like making rules that they wont abide by but which they expect everyone else to abide by, or if they want to appear like good Buddhists so they can get back to the corruption, thievery, settling old scores and other generally puerile behaviour with their karma nice and sparkly.

    Either way like all other stupid, retarded feeble-minded foreigners, I just shake my head in wonderment and hope someone comes up with a version of bird flu that only infects Thais.

    It just goes to show that nobody was ever disappointed by underestimating the maturity of Thais. In every other country, 9-year-olds stop being 9 years old on their 10th birthday.


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