More on polo

23 02 2010

PPT readers might have been a little surprised that we got onto the topic of polo – riding horses and swinging mallets at a ball – as somehow important for Thailand in the contemporary epoch. Even if it is not important, we think it is reflective of elite politics. More significantly, we see the emergence of polo as a “sport” for royal associations, especially for royal hangers-on, that it says something about the “inner circles.”

Being at the polo has been an English royal “thing” and it was taken up by Brunei and Middle Eastern royalty as a way of appearing, well, more royal in the European tradition. Initially PPT thought that polo in Thailand was a bit of a joke because the King Power sia wanted to build his own charisma. It still might be a joke – for example, they have women’s hat competitions – but it has caught on as something that is royal associated and therefore a place to be seen, especially when pink is the theme color for the King’s Cup and Queen’s Cup.

In one of those horrid magazines that the Bangkok Post keeps churning out confirming that trees are continue to be needlessly pulped, there is a whole page called “In the limelight,” and the 21 February 2010 edition features the King’s Cup.

Who was there? The Raksriaksorn family features. Then there’s Privy Councilor Air Chief Marshal Kamthon Sindvanada and some blue shirts like banned politician and King Power-backed Newin Chidchob and his family, his Interior Minister and businessman Chavarat Charnvirakul and members of his family, seen with GMM Media boss and former Thaksin Shinawatra ally Paiboon Damrongchaitham.

There’s also a bunch of business/hi-so family names: Laowanich, Thavisri, Bunyaket, Wongkusolkij, Chainam and Boribalburibhand.

The whole shindig – a kind of fun fair for the wealthy – was said to be raising funds for one of the opaque royal charities. Bonding for the rich and powerful in a way that eventually launders the gauche elements and makes new money kind of acceptable for the old establishment perhaps.



Actions

Information

6 responses

26 08 2010
Another King Power bomb « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] times. We have posted on him and international football and on local football and politics, on polo and […]

28 10 2018
King Power helicopter down | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] More on polo is about Vichai’s interest in things royal, equestrian and hi-so. […]

28 10 2018
King Power helicopter down | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] More on polo is about Vichai’s interest in things royal, equestrian and hi-so. […]

28 10 2018
King Power helicopter down I | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] More on polo is about Vichai’s interest in things royal, equestrian and hi-so. […]

21 04 2019
Obscene inequality | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] obscenely expensive limited to royals and the obscenely rich. We have mentioned it in a couple of posts. As well as the King Power Srivaddhanaprabha family others in jodhpurs include naturalized […]

21 04 2019
Obscene inequality | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] obscenely expensive limited to royals and the obscenely rich. We have mentioned it in a couple of posts. As well as the King Power Srivaddhanaprabha family others in jodhpurs include naturalized […]




%d bloggers like this: