It’s not like he’s got anything better to do

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who moonlights as head of the army ever since a May coup left him in both jobs, is apparently planning to take on a third job: soap-opera writer.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has criticised television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society, and said he would write them himself if he had to.

Prayuth, who is also army chief, staged a coup on May 22, overthrowing an elected government after six months of at times violent anti-government protests.

“I have ordered that scripts be written, including plays on reconciliation, on tourism and on Thai culture”, he told reporters on Friday.

“They are writing plots at the moment and if they can’t finish it I will write it myself”, he said of a team of government-appointed writers.

The military government has ruled unchallenged since taking over and has cracked down on pro-democracy dissidents and supporters of the ousted government of Yingluck Shinawatra. It has even warned academics that debate that might “cause misunderstanding” would not be tolerated.

Oh my, yes, you wouldn’t want any misunderstandings. Clearly this is a government with its priorities in order.


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