Thaksin Shinawatr was trying desperately to convince his supporters through his recent “phone-in” talks that he really wanted to “come home.” Nobody, not even the staunchest of advocates, could do anything to enable him to return home — the way he wants to, that is.
Of course, officially, the Abhisit government has been saying Thaksin should come home, too. But that’s a different kind of “home-coming.” The official version is for him to come back to serve the two-year jail term imposed by the court.
Thaksin wants to come home as a free man, and probably be returned to power as well.
But, as they say in “A Death in the Family” by James Agee, you can never come home again.
What does that mean?
The full quote is: “How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. You can never come home again.”
One interpretation is that once you grow up and have your own life, even if you physically return to your childhood house, you can’t return to that place of innocence and sense of safety. It’s never “home” as it once was because now, you are a different person.
So, in that sense, Thaksin can never come home again
Thaksin’s fear of death in the desert
“Don’t leave me wither in the desert here,” pleaded Thaksin Shinawatr in his most recent “phone-in” talks with local voters in Si Sa Ket.
It’s obvious that the former premier was getting impatient. “It’s going to be three years this September that I have been out of the country.Next month, I will be 60. Please don’t wait until I am 70 before you will get me home,” he told his cheering supporters.
“I am lonely,” he added. He said he was keen to go home and help poor Thais to be relieved of their debts.
His “populist policy” was the “original” one, Thaksin said, implying that Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva is a copycat.
His tone was subdued and surprisingly soft. Thaksin’s previously assertive rhetroic gave way to a more modest touch. He was apparently aware of the fact that even if his Pheau Thai Party could win big in the next general election, there is no guarantee that he can make it back home without having to go through the prolonged and complicated process of fighting the various charges facing him.
The joy over his party’s victories in the by-elections in Sakhon Nakhon last Sunday and in Si Sa Ket today will prove short-lived. The drawn-out battle has just begun.
The public statement at the Red Shirts’ rally last night that he will submit a petition to the King for clemency will be controversial and won’t come to a conclusion any time soon either.