While Prince Vajiralongkorn has been busy cleaning up – whether for personal reasons or for succession and perhaps both – it is reported at the Bangkok Post that one of his previous political allies has also been doing quite nicely. Way back in 2009, PPT posted on some seemingly divided palace politics. That post linked […]

Serial constitution drafter Borwornsak Uwanno, currently head of yet another military-mandated Constitution Drafting Committee is alarmed that several journalists and other scribblers are saying that the new constitution is more or less done, and that it follows Defense Ministry mandates. This is why he dissembles in rejecting these claims. He says there is no “blueprint.” […]

Many readers may well have seen this article already but if not, the speculations of Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, a former Indian ambassador to Thailand writes in the Eurasia Review, seem worthy of consideration. PPT just quotes a few speculative bits: Thailand appears to be heading for a royal change of guard at the very top…. […]

Yesterday we posted on the statements on corruption by the master of double standards, General Prem Tinsulanonda, the president of the Privy Council. In Thailand, there is always a double standard on corruption based on political alignment. Vast corruption is quite okay if the corrupt person is a royalist and/or a member of the system’s […]

Former General and unelected Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda is old yet still prepared to babble on about political issues in repeated displays of double standards. He does this as the head of the Privy Council, an ostensibly apolitical organization that advises the king, but which has been highly politicized by Prem, to the extent that […]

Can it really be true? PPT posted on the lese majeste case brought against 41 year-old businessman Praphat Darasawang for “defaming the king on Facebook.” Prachatai now reports that the lese majeste complaint has something to do with the king’s aged mutt Thong Daeng. The royal woofers are apparently very significant in a society that […]

Business site Barron’s Asia has taken an interest in the SET Index having fallen “since Thailand’s monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej cancelled the public celebration of his 87th birthday, on the advice of doctors who said he was too ill to make a public speech.” Related, it is noted that”the wife of the 62-year-old Crown Prince Maha […]

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