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  1. It would also help if the electoral systems reflected the real voting ratios in parliament. In the UK, BJ couldn't be PM without a coalition partner. In the USA there would have been no DT as president either. There is simply a lack of compromises that a majority would represent.
  2. "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! what a disgusting statement. He doesn't understand that he is the President of all US Americans. In the biggest pandemic of the last 100 years, he still polarized politically and split the country into friend and foe, instead of thinking about where help is most needed. Trump is a total failure as a president. Now he tries to punish those who did not vote for him by withdrawing money in case of need. These are the thought structures of a 4 year old on a playground.
  3. Wait. The year is not over yet. The economic impact comes in the 3rd and 4th quarters, when the Thais run out of savings and credit lines. Many shopping centers, bars, restaurants, retail shops and hotels in Bangkok are empty. No customers. Rents and installment loans can no longer be paid. Lots of empty shops with red for sale / rent signs. Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Pattaya partly like ghost towns. Suvanabumi Airport empty. Sales of new cars, motorcycles, TVs, computers, refrigerators collapsed. With such a devastating global crisis, the major economic slump comes with a time lag. Of course, the well-fed Thai elite does not notice this in their ivory tower.
  4. Had a similar experience. I downloaded the official TM 7 pdf form from the Imigration Head Office and filled it out neatly on my computer. Then had to learn that the Koh Samui Immigration has its "own" TM 7 form and the official TM 7 is not accepted there. Crazy. Then I had to do it all by hand in duplicate again. I also had the required family photos with me for my application. Family sitting together on the bed, family together in the living room, family together in front of the house number plate, etc. I had the photos due to their format, vertically on A4 in my documents. I was then instructed that this was not possible. I would have to deliver my photos upright on A4. Well, the immigration woman has her boss's instructions, but that you can't turn a document folder 90 degrees in your hand. Crazy. Has a letter from the bank with me and the double set of copies of my bank book and also the original. Every 12 year old could have seen that I had the required deposit in my Thai bank account for more than 2 months, sent from abroad. But the nice immigration woman insisted that I go to the bank again and let the bank print out the same account numbers on paper with letterhead from the Bank. Well, the 25-year-old translated copies of my marriage and family documents were no longer good enough. For this I had to fly to Bangkok, have it translated again, have it stamped by my embassy and then have it certified again by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then again to the local Ampur and got the K22 paper. So I have already helped Thai tourism well. It cost me a lot of money and time. Still, I asked the nice immigration woman how she thinks I got the 12 non-0 multi year marriage visas that are in my passport? Somehow the administrative processes are totally messed up.
  5. And stop the C19 RT-PCR test before departure, which must not be older than 72 hours. In many countries, you can only get this test if you are ill or suspected. Furthermore, many laboratories are so busy with testing that you often have to wait at least 48 hours for the result. And what's the point if you're on a plane with Thais who don't have to do this test.
  6. Too many cooks spoil the porridge. There is the Health Minister General, the Immigration Minister General, the Tourism Minister General, the Airport Minister General, the National Park Minister General, the Minister of Labor General, etc. And everyone tells the media something and stirs around in the tourism and expat porridge. How would it be if these generals sat down together and developed a sensible and well thought out road map how tourism can be revived. The revival of Thai tourism is not that difficult, but it requires coordinated and planned action by all institutions and authorities. And there is a huge lack of that. There is a lack of competent management skills among the generals. Each general issues his own personal orders. It must be doubted whether this will fit all together well in the end.
  7. The Brexit reality has caught up this good Osborne man. London is not anymore the world's leading financial center. https://www.ft.com/content/fdf97894-b687-11e8-bbc3-ccd7de085ffe
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