The blame game

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Now, Thaksin seems to have no other choice except to go all out.

Look at the background to his recent phone-in: an English sign saying that “Thailand Needs Change”, which is translated into Thai as, “I want my frozen assets back”.

Fugitive Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was at his wit’s end. In spite of four days and three nights of a massive rally by red-shirt protesters, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva decided to go to London for the G-20 Summit.

Meanwhile, Thaksin’s attempt to instigate violence by blaming Privy Council chief General Prem Tinsulanonda for all the bad things that have happened to him didn’t seem to bear fruit. Prem said he was not interested in what Thaksin said.

Thaksin’s camp is in desperate need of attention. Yesterday, his lieutenants Natthawut Saikua and Jatuporn Promphan stooped so low as to show a picture of Prem in costume when he was in a stage play while still in school.

Although the move was intended to instigate a confrontational atmosphere among Prem’s supporters, the move from Thailand’s version of “Dumb and Dumber” (readers feel free to figure either Natthawut or Jatuporn as the dumber one) was in bad taste.

Now, Thaksin seems to have no other choice except to go all out. Sources revealed that Thaksin is planning to phone in to the G-20 meeting to show who’s the real leader of Thailand.

In fact, Thaksin has been trying to connect with an international audience all along. Look at the background to his recent phone-in: an English sign saying that “Thailand Needs Change”, which is translated into Thai as, “I want my frozen assets back”.

The Nation 
Published on April 1, 2009

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