Dictating V

15 10 2014

Elections have never been high on the military dictatorship’s favorite political things. When it seized power on 22 May 2014, the junta mumbled something about an election in about 15 months. Only toadies believed them.

The military junta is now making it clear that an election will only be held when the rules have been changed in a way that prevents elections making any difference to the structure of power in Thailand.

Khaosod reports that The Dictator, the testy General Prayuth Chan-ocha, says that the military’s rule changes, the misnamed “roadmap to democracy” will be extended as long as he thinks necessary to “prepare for an election” that will not be threatening to the royalist elite.Prayuth

Prayuth directed that “the media focus on the reform process and stop asking about the date of the election.” Annoyed by such questions, The Dictator demanded: “Stop pressuring me about this, I have already spoken. It’s over. Everything has to depend on the roadmap…”.

The Dictator is not happy with the media.

At a recent press conference, the boss derided a journalist, explaining that it was The Dictator who mattered:

Do you have the knowledge to administer the country like me? You just write, think, and speak, that’s all. And what do I do? I think, write, give orders, follow up on the work and write the plans. Anyone who can write [the plan as I do] please come and stand here.

Prayuth angrily told reporters that asking questions was demeaning: “You can’t insult me this way.”

The Dictator is testy with everyone, apparently believing that The Dictator is best placed to dictate. Another report at The Nation states:

Close aides and advisers of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha are concerned about his tendency to shoot his mouth off, but nobody in the inner circle has the courage to tell him how he should conduct himself in the public domain.

His toadies agree that the boss is indeed the boss and should not be advised or contradicted:

“We understand he knows better than us,” said a military officer who once worked closely with Prayut. “It is the tradition in the Thai military that we refrain from telling the superior what he should or should not do.”

Prayuth and his military brothers apparently get bored having to answer questions; they are simply not used ti being questioned, even by friendly reporters.He is also used to being important and this makes him egocentric. One of those tame, junta-supporting academics explained all of this:

“We have to understand that the PM is from the junta, and he was also a commander-in-chief. His way of speaking is more about issuing orders, and sometimes he can get offended by questions not in tune with his thoughts…”.

The problem for the regime is that The Dictator, used to hierarchy and getting his way, believes he can shoot his mouth off, saying all kinds of ludicrous things, and still expect respect, order and continued slithering supineness. This explains how he can make things up and expect no contradiction.

We have no doubt that the opposition he can expect when in Italy will cause him to froth, rant, rave and attack those who disagree with The Dictator.


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