Thai junta chief gives thumbs-up to Orwell’s Animal Farm

Thai junta chief gives thumbs-up to Orwell’s Animal Farm

The late British writer and social critic George Orwell appears to be back in the good books of Thailand’s military rulers after a spell in the doghouse five years ago.

Deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak, summing up Prayuth Chan-ocha’s political thoughts as the country prepares to install a new elected government, said his boss recommended reading the Thai edition of Animal Farm, “which is a book that leaves important lessons on how to live life”.

George Orwell (PA)
George Orwell (PA)

Mr Prayuth’s plug for Animal Farm reflected a more positive view of Orwell’s work than the military had immediately after he seized power in a May 2014 coup.

Protesters comparing military rule to the fictional dystopia of Orwell’s 1984 read the book in public places and were dragged off.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Thai palace shares photos of king and newly-named royal consortThai palace shares photos of king and newly-named royal consort

Actress charged in Thailand for eating endangered clams on ‘jungle’ reality showActress charged in Thailand for eating endangered clams on ‘jungle’ reality show

Thai king concludes coronation celebrations with public audienceThai king concludes coronation celebrations with public audience

Thailand’s king grants new titles on second day of coronation activitiesThailand’s king grants new titles on second day of coronation activities


More in this Section

South African province prepares 1.5 million graves as virus hits ‘full speed’South African province prepares 1.5 million graves as virus hits ‘full speed’

Significant divergences between Brussels and UK on trade deal, EU saysSignificant divergences between Brussels and UK on trade deal, EU says

Hundreds stranded in Japan as downpours cause more than 60 deathsHundreds stranded in Japan as downpours cause more than 60 deaths

Seoul mayor reported missing amid sexual harassment allegationsSeoul mayor reported missing amid sexual harassment allegations


Lifestyle

Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from Closer

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

More From The Irish Examiner