In the UK we accept that the monarchy – the Queen as Sovereign – is Head of the Armed Forces.
This is largely a symbolic fact and in the UK this is not a big deal as the monarchy stays out of politics.
And in the main, we tend to like our Royals.
Thailand, on the other hand, has been home to more military coup d’états in modern history than any other country.
And even Donald understands that to retain power He (see what I did there?) needs some people to like him.
King Vajiralongkornon (ruler of Thailand but living in Germany) on the other hand seems not to have grasped this basic tenet of modern day populist politics.
But this is not lost on Thais (where it is illegal to criticise the monarchy).
And the really interesting thing is that protesting students make the three-fingered ‘Hunger Games’ salute when they come out to complain – something that one of Vajiralongkornon’s aides has probably had to explain to him – and which is probabaly still not – yet – illegal in Thailand…
Clever kids heh!
Back to Mr Juangroongruangkit (the Thai opposition leader) then.
He’s currently undertaking an unprecedented probe into royal family’s fleet of Boeings and fighter jets.
Good luck with that!
But if one of Vajiralongkornon’s trusted commanders turns out to be a decent man, the tide may turn.