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Tanks don’t solve the problem of flooding!

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Generalissimo Prayut has been scaring little children and telling them not to listen to “bad people” who spread anti-junta views.

The General scaring kids
The General scaring kids

No doubt he doesn’t want us to believe that elections will be postponed beyond 2018. Yet all his appointed representatives who pass laws and write constitutions according to the junta’s diktat are tying themselves in knots about the junta’s so-called “road map” for political anti-reforms and the future anti-democratic elections.

Their road map is beginning to look like a road map to nowhere, a bit like the severed roads in the flooded south.

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There is no let up in the rain at the moment and the people in the south are suffering as a result.

Anusorn Tamjai, an economist from Rungsit University, has estimated that the serious flooding in the south will cause up to 120 billion baht’s worth of damage to the economy of the region. Three hundred thousand families have been affected and there have been over 20 deaths. Amazingly, this economist had the courage to suggest that the junta might postpone the purchase of weapons for the bloated military. People have been asking questions on social media about the 50 Chinese tanks which have been bought at the expense of investing in flood affected areas and at the expense of building better railways and other useful public projects.

The Thai military has only used its tanks and weaponry to stage military coups and to suppress pro-democracy protesters in the streets. The military’s weaponry is the material basis of its illegitimate political power.

Yet the over-confident and authoritarian buffoon who is Prime Minister has blamed ordinary people for the flood crisis. Prayut said that the people didn’t listen and move to higher ground. He boasted that since he became head of the army almost ten years ago he has been “solving” problems caused by flooding.

It is also good to know that King Wachiralongkorn is concerned about the people. It was announced, in true royal mumbo-jumbo, that the Privy Council had “invited” the King’s wishes to be made public.

Wachiralongkorn is so concerned about others that he kept hundreds of graduates at a university in Chiang-Rai waiting for hours because he turned up late to the degree ceremony. He eventually arrived with his disgusting little white mutt trotting behind him. The ceremony ended around mid-night. Exiled academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun commented that His Majesty was running on “Munich time”, a reference to HM’s preferred residence. Wachiralongkorn probably only came back to Thailand to collect his crown and is now itching to get back to his “palace” and “women” in Germany. So much for his devotion to the Thai people!

The devastation caused by flooding in Thailand is a result of a lack of infrastructural investment, poor living standards and a lack of a welfare state for citizens. It is the military junta and the conservative anti-democrats who are the neo-liberal extremists in Thailand. They have long opposed any state funding to modernise Thai society and reduce inequality. They have supported the overthrow of democratically elected governments that sought to make minimal changes to the situation. They have also made sure that neoliberal fiscal discipline is written into the constitution. It is they who are guilty of causing the present flooding crisis.

The “road map” to a military “guided democracy” is designed to keep society in this backward deep-frozen state.

Thailand is ruled by a vicious idiot

Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha believes in black magic and voodoo. He is so paranoid that he believes that he is being cursed. Yes, millions of Thais curse him every day, but not by using black magic.

Prayut’s response to the current flooding in Thailand was to say that “in the old days people built houses on stilts, now they don’t and there is nowhere for the water to flow. It floods every year, but what can you do? If you don’t have floods, you have a water shortage”.

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Recently Prayut said that the junta would not interfere in the running of the government. Prayut is the junta head and the self-appointed Prime Minister.

A man who claims he has lineage to “ancient Egyptian sorcerers” and can “communicate with UFOs” has been chosen by the junta to head the team “reforming” the education system.

It would all be laughable if there was not also a very serious side to this military government.

The Thai “Lawyers for Human Rights” group reports that in the first 100 days since the coup there have been 14 reported cases of physical or mental torture of those detained by the junta. Despite the junta announcing that they have ceased to order people to report to the military, arrests have continued. In the first 100 days since the coup 571 people were ordered to report to the military and at least 266 people were charged with so-called offences. The largest number of those arrested or ordered to report to the military, were from the Red Shirt movement (266 people). Academics and activists numbered 142 people and there were 98 people arrested on peaceful anti-coup protests.

There are whispers that some of the anti-democrats who are jumping over themselves to volunteer to “reform” the political system may propose a rule that parliament or at least the Prime Minister should not belong to a political party. This is the “politics without politics” that the ex-king dictator of Nepal used before he was kicked out. Not having political parties means not having policy platforms or manifestos. It would be back to the bad old days of patron-client politics and vote-buying.