Tag Archives: Prayuth Chan-ocha

Minister as Manuel

The media is abuzz with the story of The Dictator’s appointments of Sonthaya Khunploem as an adviser on political affairs to the prime minister and his brother Itthiphol as an assistant to the tourism and sports minister. As part of this, one report that seems hilariously frank is at the Bangkok Post and involves Tourism […]

Stealing an “election” III

On 29 December 2017, The Dictator denied political deals were being done: The prime minister explained on Friday (Dec 29) that he recently went to a golf course for a golf game with some of his friends, including Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya, without knowing that the golf course was owned by the Sasomsap family. “They […]

Updated: Stealing an “election” II

In the past, one of the ways that military regimes established their dominance was by forming political parties or by backing particular political parties, sometimes multiple parties. They do this to gain some supposed legitimacy. All over the world, dictatorial regimes use fake elections to do this, and the Thai military dictatorship is little different. […]

Looking for the obese NACC singer

A couple of weeks ago, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Thailand’s Deputy Dictator, declared the investigation into his possession of two score of luxury watches and sundry jewelry items over and the case closed. As well as declaring his own case closed, Gen Prawit then went on to claim that the whole issue over his “borrowed” (from […]

Updated: Songkhran campaigning

Brief conjecture back in January was that nonagenarian Privy Council chairman and political mover-and-shaker of years gone by, Gen Prem Tinsulanonda had snubbed The Dictator and his men. Whatever the problems was back then, the interferer is back on the job now, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha took his junta and other hangers-on over to Prem’s taxpayer […]

Providing a platform for dictatorship

Chulalongkorn University’s administration has a reputation as a royal university. This often means that it has, through its history, provided a platform for dictatorial regimes. It has done it again. The Nation reports that the university has invited The Dictator to speak at the university’s main auditorium on something called “Chulalongkorn University and the Driving […]

Many micro-parties = The Dictator

The “election” strategy that the military dictatorship seems to be favoring revolves around the formation and/or co-opting of as many parties as possible. The strategy seems to be based on a thought that the many parties will come together to support the only likely “outsider.” The use of this term signifies an “election”-shy candidate. This […]