Opinion: Thailand’s real royalists cannot let Palang Pracharat be its sole representative in parliament

The watch scandal, the crackdown on students, the military-backing, the coup, the minister who was a drug smuggler, the minister who built a home in national park land, the list goes on and on.

And we haven’t even brought up the constant party infighting that has seen new leadership (led by watch-wearer extraordinaire Prawit Wongsuwan) in less than a year, the infighting that pushed out new Finance Minister Predee Daochai, the internal drama where party members constantly bickers and fight for the spoils of governance.

This is the party that is supposed to defend and uphold the cherished royal institution?

Yet somehow that has become the case. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit have somehow taken their special brand of corruption and nepotism and their merry band of syncophants and rebranded themselves into ardent defenders of the crown.

Who does one blame for this sad state of affairs?

Do you blame the students who want to modernize the institution and reform it? Do you blame parties like the Democrats who have become so inept that they’re effectively unelectable? Do you blame the coupmakers who have shrewdly rebranded themselves so that the public thinks that they’re inextricably tied to crown?

Or do you blame the public for being hoodwinked by such a trick.

For many royalists, the crown (moreso than the man) is a symbol of virtue, of paternalism, of fatherly love during times of crisis. It is sacred, cherished, even moral, dare we say.

So to tie the decay of Palang Pracharat to the crown requires some mental gymnastics that we’re not sure is worth the trouble or sustainable in the long run.

Royalists must realize, at this point, that Prayut and Prawit are doing nothing more than using the crown as a shield to prolong their stranglehold on power.

There is room to be loyal to King and Country and not the generals.

Let us not forget that the student protests began with a questionable court decision and against military intervention in politics. There is room to hate this government and still love the monarch.

If that middle ground can be found then perhaps there might be a more civilized way out of this conflict.

Advertisement -

COVID-19

Thai government says no local transmission from Myanmar case yet, 13 new quarantine cases

Thailand’s government said on Thursday that it had discovered 13 new cases of coronavirus in the last...
Advertisement -
Advertisement -

Latest article

Thaksin backs local politician in rare endorsement

In a rare move, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, on Thursday, personally endorsed a local politician in the upcoming provincial elections.

Nakhon Sri Thammarat faces worst flood crisis in 30 years, death toll climbs to 7

Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Sri Thammarat continues to face severe flooding with the death toll rising to seven on Thursday.

Thai government says no local transmission from Myanmar case yet, 13 new quarantine cases

Thailand’s government said on Thursday that it had discovered 13 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, including six illegal...

Thai Consumer confidence in November hits nine month peak, says UTCC

Thailand’s consumer confidence in November, which has increased in the past two months, is at a nine-month high of 52.4 points in...

Government warns protesters, opposition not to question constitutional court ruling

Coalition MPs and members of the government, on Thursday, warned opposition parties and pressure groups not to criticize the Constitutional Court’s verdict...

Thai exports to grow 4 per cent in 2021, says The Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce said this week it expects Thai exports in 2021 to grow 4 per cent, rising from this year's...