A royal vote that counts

1 04 2019

Interesting to see that Bloomberg is reporting what all Thais know and very few are willing to say (lese majeste law, repression, fear, self-censorship and royalism all at work).

It notes that King Vajiralongkorn’s public trashing of Thaksin Shinawatra just a week after “an inconclusive national election, making it more likely that a pro-military party would form a government.”

The king, once thought to be close to Thaksin, said Thaksin’s flight from Thailand is “an extremely inappropriate behavior…”.

Forthrightly, Mahidol University’s Punchada Sirivunnabood observed: “It’s a significant signal that one side is viewed as more favorable than the other…. Everything points to a favorable outcome for the pro-military party and its allies. They’ll be successful in forming a government, but it will be difficult for them to maintain its power and last a full term.”

Neo-feudal Thailand works in ways that never allow the people’s voice to be heard for very long.

Changing the vote outcome is on a par with demanding changes to an interim constitution that, for all of its faults and all of the repression around it, was “approved” in a referendum. Again, the people’s votes counted for nothing. The king’s “vote” is the one that matters.


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10 04 2019
The dead, the near dead and the grand tilt | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] king might have channeled his dead father when telling voters who to elect. Now, after the election, as the weight of the (overlapping categories) ruling elite, […]

10 04 2019
The dead, the near dead and the grand tilt | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] king might have channeled his dead father when telling voters who to elect. Now, after the election, as the weight of the (overlapping categories) ruling elite, […]




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