King demands show of support

2 12 2012

He may be old and sick, but if the reporting at the Bangkok Post is accurate, then the king is using his 85th birthday next week to demand yet another expensive show of loyalty. The Post states that the king:

has ordered royal guards from 12 battalions to line up in formation on the grounds of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall instead of the Royal Plaza to allow more room for the masses of well-wishers and a closer view when he appears before a grand audience on Dec 5….

Some 2,126 royal guards are being ordered to change locations as the king “wants more space to be given to hundreds of thousands of well-wishers expected to turn up there and wants them to be at the closest distance to him.” This is quite a remarkable expression of the king’s need to have a large show of loyalty. No government agency will now do anything other than make sure that “hundreds of thousands” fill the necessary space.

As usual, millions in taxpayer funds are being shelled out so that “roads … [are] decorated with national and royal flags” and there will be the required posters, billboards and compulsory television broadcasts of the event which is dominated by the military swearing an oath of allegiance.

All of this may be put into the North Korea cult of personality basket yet PPT has a feeling that, watching the failure of the royalist Pitak Siam, the continuing popularity of the current government, and the troubles monarchies have in the Middle East, especially in Bahrain and the displays of royal disloyalty in Jordan, the king thinks that another show of “loyalty” and “love” is his best medicine.


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