General Prayut Chan-o-cha came to power because of tanks; remains in power because of a rigged constitution; escapes no-confidence votes because of unscrupulous politicians. He has managed to convince a sizeable portion of the Thai population that without him, evil traitors and ungrateful nation-haters will overthrow the institution. No matter
“There’s a claim that the ‘High Institution’ wants to replace the prime minister. This is gravely wrong! I’m the only one who can make official requests! No one else! Is this clear?” General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday. But no one ever made that claim. In the latest nausea of Thailand’s
What happens in parliament is exciting, but General Prayut Chan-o-cha still has the votes. What happens behind the parliament is riveting, because it’s allegedly a bid to remove the votes from the general. Of course, MP Thamanat Prompow denied everything, saying bootlickers slobbering over the boss’s feet are spreading a
Kakistocracy is a government system run by the most unscrupulous people. It is derived from two Greek words, kakistos (worst) and kratos (rule). How do unscrupulous people come into power? By unscrupulous means. For example, the use of physical force, as in the 2014 military coup. How do unscrupulous people
Regarding youths clashing with the police at political protests, on 17 August, General Prayut Chan-o-cha said: “เรียนมายังไง ใช้แต่ความรุนแรง ท้าตีท้าต่อยตำรวจ พอใช้กฎหมายก็โวยวาย” “Is this what you learn in school? You use only violence. Challenge the police to fights. When the law is used, you complain.” The general is correct. This is exactly
General Prayut Chan-o-cha came to power by the barrel of the gun. He maintains his power through the barrel of the gun. The constitution was written under the military dictatorship. The 250 senators were appointed by the military junta. Palang Pracharat Party was formed by General Prawit Wongsuwan. Hence, his
Changes won’t be as dramatic as peasants (prai) storming The Palace of Versailles or The Winter Palace. Instead, it could be as simple as a court’s decision. With every protest, violence escalates. Protestors won’t let up. Crowd control police have become trigger-happy. Today at 3pm, the Talu-Fah Group will again
The 10 August protest ended with yet another clash. But there must be a clear purpose to all this. Otherwise, it’s just a cycle of slingshots against rubber bullets. Every demand the protestors make will never be met unless there’s a government democratic in its mindset willing to reform Thailand.