Election perfection

Election perfection

Added to the list of banned meetings and sayings and books and items and gestures like the three-fingered salute last week were 'Yut-nocchio' masks - because they show disrespect to the junta leader and serial election-date setter. (Reuters photo)
Added to the list of banned meetings and sayings and books and items and gestures like the three-fingered salute last week were 'Yut-nocchio' masks - because they show disrespect to the junta leader and serial election-date setter. (Reuters photo)

The general prime minister reached behind himself to a very dark place and pulled out the sixth promise for a date for the 2015 election. This time the card he pulled out said "February 2019".

So why would anyone doubt that in February, patriotic Thais will be trooping to the polls to vote for their very favourite, military-approved, junta-vetted candidate? That this time, the wolf really is attacking the sheep? Why won't anyone believe it?

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who announced shortly after seizing power there would be an election in 2015, faced a heavy dose of scorn and disbelief. In fact, there was not a single, recorded comment anything along the lines of, "Whew, thanks Gen Prayut. We're so pleased you've come up with an election day".

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