Tag Archives: Thaksin Shinawatra

The junta’s lock

The military dictatorship has now had more than four years to lock-in its rule and its rules. In establishing control over the military, it has had longer. Around the time of the 2006 military coup, royalist elements in the military, aligned with the palace directly or through privy councilors Gen Prem Tinsulanonda and Gen Surayud […]

Elections, populism and campaigning

Current Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak was an important member of Thaksin Shinawatra’s economic team, responsible for the policies labelled “populist” by opponents and “policy corruption” by the People’s Alliance for Democracy. Others considered the policies as examples of vote-buying by using state funds. As the military junta embedded its rule following the 2014 military […]

When the military is on top XXII

When the military is on top it sets the rules for politics and seeks to ensure it wins its “election” whenever it decides to hold them. Of course, that decision on elections means having all of its political repression and political pieces in place. Those processes have taken more than four years (and counting). The […]

“Elections” matter for the junta and its supporters

Readers will be interested in a new op-ed by Pavin Chachavalpongpun. As the article is long and also likely to be able to be read in Thailand, we just highlight a couple of points. Drawing on an observation by Italian Communist and Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci, Pavin observes that “[t]hese are the days when an […]

All about The Dictator

Last week the Deputy Dictator met with some political parties about the junta’s “election.”We understand that it is the first official meeting between the military junta and political parties since the day that it illegally seized power, ironically at the very same place it met the political parties back in 2014. At the end of […]

Monarchism in the new reign

One of the things that critics and the international media says (repeatedly) about King Vajiralongkorn is that he does not command the same “respect” or “reverence” as his father did. This is a shorthand for all of the eccentricities and worse associated with the king and rumored to be associated with him, ranging from odd […]

The beginning of the end of Puea Thai?

The military dictatorship has worked determinedly to destroy the political base of the Shinawatra clan and the Puea Thai Party. Crushing support for them has been an important element of the dictatorship’s “election” plans. The regime has been having some success. While the electorate in key areas seems to still favor Puea Thai over other […]