Andy Hall some background
And some more
Saint_;1501902 wrote: This is why I don't travel.
Me as well. Apart from the obvious cost of long-haul travel, I really and truly have no desire to visit such unstable countries. Even in my old age, I do want to carry on living cos I've still got lots of things to do before I leave this mortal coil! LOL
Vajiralongkorn has built up a reputation for womanising, extravagance, bizarre self-indulgence and occasional cruelty, including to his own children, several of whom have been stripped of their names and titles and live in exile.
His exploits hit international headlines in 2007, when a leaked video showed his then consort, Princess Srirasm, performing near-naked at a birthday party with pet poodle Foo Foo. The canine air chief marshal, who died last year, was cremated after four days of Buddhist rites.
There's a leaked cable from six years ago which describes the problem. The US Ambassador speaks with three members of the Thai Privy Council:All three had quite negative comments about Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. While asserting that the Crown Prince will become King, both Siddhi and Anand implied the country would be better off if other arrangements could be made. Siddhi expressed preference for Princess Sirindhorn; Anand suggested only the King would be in a position to change succession, and acknowledged a low likelihood of that happening.
spot;1501926 wrote: The gentleman whose unwashed jeans are failing to cover his pubic parts, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, is the fellow under discussion. One can see why Thailand's makers and shakers are actively considering alternatives.
So all those people mourning the old King passing are really crying over the future King really ?
Well thats Britain and the US at the moment :yh_rotfl:yh_rotfl
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What's interesting about Thailands passing of the crown, is that we have to remember the last king wasn't the first in line . A couple of 'successes' had some fatal illnesses????? before they settled on him. If I was in line to the thrown I'd be a little nervous around about now.
The royalist junta has ramped up online censorship, especially any posts or comment perceived to violate the countryâ€™s strict lese-majesty laws, which make it a crime to criticise, defame or insult members of the royal family.
Sensitivity to public criticism of royal affairs was heightened after the much-loved king Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October and his son took power.
With each offence punishable by up to 15 years in jail, more than 105 charges have been raised during the juntaâ€™s tenure, several of them related to sharing online posts.
Lese-majesty laws force media operating in Thailand to frequently self-censor.
The alternative is to declare a republic, exile the embarrassing ex-royal family and gain a long-absent measure of self-respect as a nation. The violation of Thailand's lese-majesty law was the chap's public appearance in an alcoholic stupor, complete with royal masseuse and unwashed jeans, at Munich Airport. Merely bringing it up on social media is a trivial offense by comparison.
Do not, please, send that repellent aging playboy to London.
In 2014 Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as the deputy commander of his bodyguard unit. He made her a full general in the army in December 2016.
The "General" is, at a guess, the woman with the poodle in the scandalous Munich photo. I wonder whether she remembers the poodle. Assuming the poodle at Munich was Foo Foo it was the only Air Chief Marshall in history not to hold a pilot certificate and it would still have outranked her even after the award of her latest uniform.
What a shambles of a country.