A lot has been written about the EU referendum and there will be much more published in the final few days. These think pieces and articles are not just political spats from either side of the fence but a wider debate has emerged around critiques of the referendum itself. Are there enough facts for us to make these decisions?
I was fascinated to read Tom Franklin's blog posting about the struggle between the Red Shirts and the Yellow Shirts in Thailand and his insights into some of the different opinions around the development of democracy more generally.
I've just returned from travelling in Thailand and Cambodia over the New Year break. My adventure started in Bangkok and I found it certainly lived up to its reputation for being overwhelmed by traffic jams and associated pollution. My adventure also ended in Bangkok, last week – and it was a very different city. Major roads were covered in tents, I could have lain down in the middle of the flyovers such was the lack of traffic, and the biggest road junctions had been turned into open-air pop concerts and markets. It felt like the city had been taken over by a mixture of Reclaim the Streets and the Occupy Movement.