Long and winding roadmap

Long and winding roadmap

Figure of fun: A pro-democracy demonstrator holds a mask of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with a Pinocchio nose. (File photo)
Figure of fun: A pro-democracy demonstrator holds a mask of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with a Pinocchio nose. (File photo)

Question: Is it more scary, or less scary, that the junta doesn't have an actual plan slash conspiracy to keep itself in power? That it has extended its time and generous pay and perks without any design ever since the phantom 2015 election?

The question arose last week. On Tuesday, after the cabinet meeting, the prime minister told the media gaggle that "there is no conspiracy to delay the return to democracy".

If Gen Prayut is right (and why would the chief political cartographer lie?), the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) keeps extending its power, year after year, without that actual roadmap the prime minister mentions but never actually shows.

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Alan Dawson

Online Reporter / Sub-Editor

A Canadian by birth. Former Saigon's UPI bureau chief. Drafted into the American Armed Forces. He has survived eleven wars and innumerable coups. A walking encyclopedia of knowledge.


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