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In defence of Thai monarchy: why the Economist got it wrong

By William Barnes  

Prospect‘s James Crabtree was full of praise for The Economist‘s unprecedented, biting articles on the Thai monarchy, “A Right Royal Mess.” It’s a piece that certainly suggests the Economist does not fear moving its South East Asia desk out of Bangkok. Yet the article ultimately misses the central point about the Thai monarchy—that it is a moral compass and a comfort for many Thais, a function never matched even by Queen Victoria in her imperial pomp.

Still, there’s no…

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