Forgive us, we are bored by the military dictatorship. It is so, so predictable and so pathetic that we are considering banning it using Article 44.
How predictable? Its like putting a sexy dancer in front of a sexy young dancer. You know how he will behave. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)
How about the things that are hidden under nothing happening here-ness?
What about that poor kid shot by soldiers in the north. Nothing. Keep quiet and it won’t go anywhere.
How about the Rolls Royce and related corruption? Ignore it and the media will forget it.
What about police generals being paid by the richest guys in the country to smooth things for them. That isn’t even illegal!
And what about all those unusually wealthy members of the puppet assembly? Not even worth mentioning. That’s just normal corruption and the great and good harvesting their due.
We could go on and on. This regime is corrupt, like many of those regimes before it. But because they are rightist royalists, they are just fine for Thailand’s elite and middle classes.
Well, let’s go on a bit more.
Lese majeste? Hundreds of cases to both shut the activists up and to launder the king’s dirty underwear.
The junta reckons most Thais are stupid, and treats them as such, assessing that they haven’t a clue about democracy and are easily pushed around. A few threats can easily shut them up.
How about those pesky politicians? You know, the bad ones (because they are associated with that devil Thaksin Shinawatra). How many ways can they be repressed. Like all murderous, torturing military regime, the possibilities are many. How about charging them with corruption? That should gag that Watana guy from the Puea Thai Party who keeps saying nasty things about the middle-class cuddly dictatorship.
It irks The Dictator that Puea Thai types are still popping up. Ban them, ban their books, silence them. No debate with these guys.
While the junta is in power, its is almost genetically programmed to buy military toys from Chinese submarines to Chinese armored personal carriers (with the white sidewalls option, they should look stunning running over civilian protesters).
And while talking of Chinese, why not use Article 44 so that all of the land near the proposed railway tracks to link Thailand with China can be taken off poor farmers and become the accumulated wealth of Sino-Thai tycoons and their military allies. Money will fall line rain in the wet season into the already overflowing coffers of the rich and powerful.
It is so predictable it is now boring. What next? The Dictator campaigning for “election”? Yes, that’s already happening.
What about fixing the “election”? That’s a check. Even that anti-election Election Commission can’t be trusted, probably because they are all so thick and need ordering around, so replace them with people who can work out what needs to be corrupted without having to be ordered.
How many more years of this boring nothingness? We reckon the record is about 16 years. The current junta is aiming for 20. Only 16 and a few months to go.
And, an “election” won’t change all of this. It is embedded deeply into the fabric of administration.
It will take a lot of careful undoing when the people get a chance or take a chance.