Newspapers continue to question every act of General Prayuth Chan-ocha and the NCPO. If he does anything right it is a "populist policy", just like the previous government. Anything else he does is "undemocratic" or biased.
Media that were quick to accuse Suthep Thaugsuban of wrongdoing and corrupt activity readily accept his word when it embarrasses the general. This attracts a “General denies beating his wife” type of headline at the BBC, where, despite the lack of truth in the accusation, the mud sticks in people’s minds, particularly with snickering reporter Jonathan Head in the background.
Yingluck Shinawatra, whose veracity has often been brought into question, had said that the general agreed there would be “no coup”. There is no reason he would lie about that. In the midst of the outrageous events related to the ever-more-militant red-shirt backing and the rice price-pledging scandal, any government with integrity would have resigned. The general gave them the chance and they failed the nation.
The general can do a better job with positive suggestions from the public and press rather than spending time stopping witless academics, whose silence was profound during the Thaksin Shinawatra regime, crawling all over his back. The recent Nation supplement on agriculture was an encouraging start.