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    Independence muted

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 09/12/2018

    » The famously annoyable general prime minister was annoyed last week. The country's two largest political parties politely RSVP'd his invitation to a prayer meeting but declined because of the raucous nature of the worship.

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    Into the political fray

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 30/09/2018

    » Last June 30, the sometimes-accurate online Wikipedia updated the opening line of its entry on the general prime minister. For the first time, the introduction read, "Prayut Chan-o-cha is a Thai politician..." Before that, according to Wikipedia, Gen (Ret) Prayut was just a retired army general and head of the military junta -- which is what he claimed to be.

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    Art of the graft

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 03/06/2018

    » Coup leader Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha first mentioned his programme concerning corruption in late May, 2014, not long after seizing power. It was so long ago that there wasn't even a National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). It was still called the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC).

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    It's the corruption, stupid

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 27/05/2018

    » After promising the nation a Mercedes Benz C-500 of an anti-regime protest, activists produced a three-owner 2007 Toyota Corolla gathering. It impressed and struck fear into the hearts of, well, no one.

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    Rule of law

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 25/03/2018

    » When your main tool is a hammer, the cliche notes well, then after a while, every problem looks like a nail. The general prime minister has wielded a totally personal, custom-made, gold-plated hammer for the past four years, and even has given it a cute nickname.

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    Election perfection

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 04/03/2018

    » 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".

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    What, we worry?

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 18/02/2018

    » Last week filled out the cast of the least-awaited drama in Thai TV news history, <i>The Untouchables: Bred Men Walking</i>, starring the Watchman, the FAT man and the Catman.

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    The victim card

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 28/01/2018

    » If you are a patriot working tirelessly and selflessly to try to save your country from the lower classes but some people think you are responsible for the actions of your friends and mentors, you may be a victim.

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    Winners

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 14/01/2018

    » The Watchman

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    What is Tu to do?

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 31/12/2017

    » Uncle Tu took the cabinet upcountry yet again, and yet again they came back wondering why the heck they didn't stay in Bangkok, where they're obviously more comfortable and no one expects them to do awkward, ethnic stuff.

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