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Rice pledging sows trouble for our future

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There is no need to cite any polls or indices. But the censure debate that did little more than cause the government to shrug its shoulders is further evidence that Thai democracy has not made much progress. 

In the no-confidence motion late last month, the government was charged with accusations that its rice pledging scheme is plagued with corruption.

The pledging scheme is the ruling Pheu Thai Party's most controversial election campaign promise. Others include the minimum wage hike, tax rebates for first-time car buyers and various entrepreneurial funds.

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