Punch lines

The general prime minister in Amnat Charoen: 'If someone criticises me and it doesn't sound good to my ears, I will punch them in the mouth.' (Photo courtesy Government House)

If the general prime minister has his way -- and it looks like he probably will -- it won't be politics or police or the justice system that he'll finally reform.

Last week, at the blatant election campaigning trip to the Northeast that he insists on euphemising as a "mobile cabinet meeting", Gen (Ret) Prayut made it pretty clear that the people of this country keep letting him down.

He's not entirely clear on exactly what reform of the Thai population he intends, but he's clear as crystal about what the Thailand of the Perfect Future will not have.

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