Editorial cartoons by from the Thaksin years

These editorial cartoons are from Thairath's Sia. They are from a new collection of Sia cartoons, Political Record.

Above: This cartoon is circa-2002. The man is Chalerm Yoobamrung whose two sons have been involved in altercations and a shooting of a police officer in nightclubs in the past.
At the top it reads: Follow the saying. if you love your cow, keep it fastened [tied up]. If you love you children, go and find them at the night pubs
Words on the marquee in the background: Places of allurements destroying the country's future.
Signs on the girls: Drug addicted, sexual abuse
The cartoon implies Chalerm should look after his rambunctious sons and the decadent pubs they are frequenting.

Above: Needing to rethink and choose again
[During Thaksin's first term as PM a mysterious explosion set fire to a plane he was to fly on. This was whispered to be an early attempt to assassinate him.]

Above: Birthday cake – Village Fund
[Another cartoon from Thaksin's first term as PM. This is perhaps his most troubling policy to the establishment--1 million baht payouts at the village level. This circumvented the entire hierarchical chain of bureaucracy and gained great popularity for the TRT and Thaksin.]

Above: Cartoon title: Catching a thief of the superpower-level
On rice bag in Uncle Sam's hand: Thai jasmine rice [species] stolen by the U.S.
On file in hands of Thaksin Shinawatra: Friend of Bush
[This refers to an incident in 2001 when US scientists attempted to patent a type of jasmine rice.]

Above: Cartoon title: Money and women or... religion's parasite?
On the monk's fan: Detached from worldly pleasure
On bags, read from the one in the back: treasure, titles, fame
[The woman, the men are attempting to bring valuable assets to give to the monk to corrupt him. This is a cartoon from around 2000 alluding to many religious scandals at the time.]

Above: It reads: They are powerful when they are alive. But, it’s ok, let’s retaliate against them when they are dead
Written on the bodies: MP Chor is obsessed with sex - MP Samai Sanun is obsessed with sex
[The picture shows MPs receiving punishment after death and alludes to morals scandals which were being exposed as Thaksin was being held up as a moral family man to contrast with tradtional, lechorous politicians. The scene is from a Thai Buddhists belief that people who misbehaved in their relationships have to face a punishment where they are forced to climb unceasingly on trees covered with thorns. If they are to climb down, there is a team of punishers using tridents to poke them.]

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