Tag Archives: king

Secrets, constitution and election

Not that long ago, PPT posted on the secret amendments to the draft constitution. Despite the sham “referendum” on the “constitution,” the king demanded changes that, according to The Dictator’s account, give the king more power and flexibility. Those amendments were crafted, in secret, by a puppet committee. Then the military junta declared that these […]

Palace problems

A few days ago, the Bangkok Post reported that the police were investigating “encroachment of forest land in Thap Lan National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima allegedly committed by former deputy national police chief Jumpol Manmai and two other suspects.” The details are in the report. But, the report did not say much about Jumpol. As […]

Still getting the monarchy wrong

Ralph Jennings, a Contributor at Forbes, says he “cover[s] under-reported stories from Taiwan and Asia” but seems to specialize on China and Taiwan. Thus, venturing into things royal and Thailand is thus a stretch and a test of knowledge. He’s right to observe that the monarchy in Thailand has “massive influence.” But the picture he […]

Secret constitution amendments

Readers will recall that the military junta’s “constitution” was sent to a process it described as a “referendum.” Despite that exercise in (false) legitimacy, the junta then had to withdraw the draft constitution to make changes demanded by King Vajiralongkorn, said to increase his powers. During the amendment process, the exact changes were kept secret. […]

The interventionist king

Some time ago, PPT posted on the trove of documents released online by the CIA that can be searched and downloaded online. In that post we also mentioned one document about General Sarit Thanarat’s 1957 military coup and the king’s alleged involvement, at least as far as the Americans were concerned. A reader has now […]

Reorienting the palace-military partnership

If the palace propaganda machine has had to re-vamp itself to deal with the new king, spare a thought for the pundits. For those guessing what’s going on inside the palace or even in the king’s head, the current situation must seem quite at odds with some of the predictions made. Reuters reports on the […]

Release Pai IX

Prachatai reports that the “Student Councils Assembly of Thailand has demanded that Thai authorities release ‘Pai Dao Din’ [Jatuphat Boonpattararaksa], an anti-junta activist accused of defaming King Vajiralongkorn” by reposting a BBC Thai report on succession. On 13 February 2017, the Assembly states: “As an organisation founded to protect the rights and liberties of students […]