More oddly still, some foreign commentators, including The Economist, have helped exacerbate further speculation, conveniently casting roles to the King who is constrained, among others, by his constitutional and moral position, to refute those claims. By law, the Thai monarchy is not involved in politics and is non-partisan; in practice the King himself has taken great care that it is so, exercising his duties and prerogatives within the bounds of the Constitution.

– Extracted from Tharit Charungvat, Director-General, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a letter to the editor, “‘Economist’ is again wide of the mark”, Bangkok Post, 8 May 2009.