“The King holds a very, very special place…only this King can get the people the things they deserve…The Thai King’s place is completely different from other Kings…[he] went down to the masses”.

In light of the robust debate that New Mandala is currently hosting, these small extracts from a convoluted Sondhi answer give some insight into the thinking of the most prominent anti-Thaksin campaigner. There is much fodder for debate in Sondhi’s words.

At a time when the King’s “very, very special place” is being increasingly questioned, the statements coming from the likes of Sondhi need to be examined closely. The hubris associated with the palace and its good works does, of course, require careful scrutiny.