The king and his antics I

8 09 2020

King Vajiralongkorn’s erratic and egotistical behavior is again a cause of international mirth. It is also reinforcing negative domestic sentiments.

The Straits Times, says the king’s most recent mood swing with “Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi … back in favour with Thailand’s King … took [Thai] citizens by surprise last Wednesday, but the development once again shone the spotlight on the King’s personal life.”

The report mentions incredulity:

No one expected that Ms Sineenat would be back in the royal fold. Then again, no one could have predicted her swift fall from grace 10 months ago either, less than three months after being made royal noble consort.

And, it notes the link between “palace intrigue” and “widespread protests across Thailand by pro-democracy groups calling for more transparency and reforms in the royal institution [royalist speak for monarchy].”

Elsewhere, The Times suggests that a “wiser and less capricious monarch than … Vajiralongkorn, the king of Thailand, would be keeping his head down at the moment. In the past few weeks he has faced something unknown in modern Thai history: direct and outspoken criticism of the monarchy.”

With Vajiralongkorn in Germany and his major queen in Switzerland, and the monarchy living high from the taxpayer’s money, the increasing scrutiny suggests that he’s not much interested in Thailand and that Thailand is less interested in him as king. The regime may seek to “protect” the king and monarchy, but it appears a lost battle. Of course, this does not mean that the battle is over, and it may get nastier still.


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10 10 2020
Der König kehrt nach Thailand zurück | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] is the first time the king’s on-again, off-again consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi has been paraded in public since he forgave and reinstated her […]

10 10 2020
Der König kehrt nach Thailand zurück I | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] is the first time the king’s on-again, off-again consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi has been paraded in public since he forgave and reinstated her […]

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