In a way, [Senior General Than Shwe is] looking like he sort of had some foresight, but things can backfire, especially when you’re playing with pretending to be a Parliament and you really don’t quite know what a Parliament should be doing.

Maureen Aung-Thwin, head of the Burma project at the Soros Foundation, quoted in Liam Cochrane, “Burma’s new parliament labelled a ‘farce’”, ABC Radio Australia, 31 March 2011.