While I give Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha full credit for restoring some semblance of law and order to the anarchical situation we had before he executed his coup,
I think many people, Thais and expatriates included, would now consider that he has outstayed his welcome.
The problem as I see it is that the PM cannot shake off his military background and training. He is military-trained in the old school.
“Jump,” says the general. “Yes, Sir, how high?” shout the recruits, the soldiers, the subordinate officers, and as Prime Minister Prayut would have it, the whole of the Thai civilian population too. This style of issuing orders that cannot be disobeyed under any circumstances became illegal in most modern armies decades ago. And it certainly has no place in the governance of a country like Thailand that supposedly wants to move forward to some form of democracy.
General Prayut talks often about discipline, but sadly lacks personal discipline, as evidenced by his repeated public displays of anger and vitriol thrown not only at the media who get up his nose with their persistent and annoying questioning, but at the most innocent of bystanders. And increasingly he is overreacting to genuine democratic processes, like demonstrations on valid social issues, by endorsing police actions against the perpetrators.
Prime Minister, you have done a good job. Now please go, for the sake of your own integrity and the future of Thailand.