From where I sit, I sense an increasing willingness on the part of many journalists to report potentially risky stories about Thailand’s future. The Independent has joined the chorus with today’s “Thai taboo: what happens when the king has gone?

Little in this particular story will be news to regular New Mandala readers, but it is notable for its length and its tone. And while it won’t be making an appearance in any Thai newspaper there is a chance that it will be translated and end up here.

As I have said in the past the Great Firewall of Chitralada can only be built so high….