Bangkok Pundit blogs about the Transparency International report on corruption as it concerns Thailand. Examining the trend in perceptions about corruption over the past decade, BP notes that -- contrary to conventional wisdom -- Thailand was perceived as increasingly less corrupt toward the end of Thaksin's premiership.
The accusation that Thaksin was especially corrupt factors into what public support ther is for the PAD protesters who have put severe strains on the Thai political system and economy since May. PAD's main accusation is that the present government is a proxy for Thaksin (who now lives in exile having dodged a trail date).
UPDATE: See my next post.