Re: “More questions when the answer’s already known: Insecure for good reason, Prime Minister Prayut is playing games with his latest ‘opinion survey’”, Nation editorial, yesterday.
The Nation: “General Prayut has in place everything he needs to perpetuate his rule.”
I take issue with this statement a bit; I think it is incomplete. A more accurate statement would be, “General Prayut has in place everything he needs to perpetuate his rule, except the support of the people.”
It may sound funny in light of the military’s control over most of the state, but there are still limits as to what they can do without the support of the people; three times (arguably) in this century alone there have been large demonstrations that have toppled governments. The military might have to use extreme violence to stop another, and if they did they would lose all credibility, even if they were successful. Further, unless there is support for the leadership, there is unlikely to be good economic growth. Yes, there will be growth, but limited and more importantly, everyone will know that it is limited and why. Finally, as long as the military rules without widespread support, there is going to be civil strife. It may or may not spill over to the streets as before, but it will have a negative effect on the country, and it will be very noticeable. To borrow and paraphrase an adage from the United States: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Unless the military/Prayut can generate popular support (and if they haven’t yet, they never will be able to), they are doomed to failure. The only remaining question will be how much damage they do before they go.
Again, kudos to The Nation for a good editorial.
Looks like another journalist’s career will come to a sudden end soon.
“The six silly questions”.
That made my morning!
And according to the papers this morning, the two deputy PM’s said that during election campaigns, other parties mustn’t attack the junta to gain points. So there goes freedom of speech again, before they start! Can you imagine an American or British election campaign doing it that way?