As we noted in a recent post, rice subsidies are back! But, they are quite all right because it is the military’s “good people” doing it this time.
We are still awaiting the anti-democrats of Bangkok’s middle class to criticize this subsidy, as they did when they pilloried Yingluck Shinawatra. We are not holding our breath, for we know that these people live in a world composed and disfigured by double standards.
To deflect attention from this “new” policy – rice subsidies have been around from the 1980s – The Dictator has screamed “political conspiracy!”
General Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered “the Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry, the Commerce Ministry and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to the implement the measure and monitor warehouses for signs of irregularities.” He claims there are “reports” – we think he listens to his own speeches – “that politicians and rice millers are manipulating paddy rice prices in a bid to provoke rice farmers to protest against the government.”
Joining his beloved boss, junta spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Prayuth “asked security authorities to investigate whether there are people trying to manipulate rice prices.” He added that “initial findings suggest there are irregular activities in Phichit, with attempts to discredit the government and convince farmers there that the government is mishandling the situation.”
That has to be the case because these just can’t be bumbling bullies.
Confirming double standards, representative of the anti-democratic middle class, “[anti-]Democrat [Party] member Wirat Kallayasiri said the rice price is being manipulated by supporters of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra to distort information about the rice-pledging scheme.”
They remain strong supporters of Thailand’s military dictatorship. They love the military boot.