Thaksin Shinawatra has become Thailand’s political poison pill. Any association with Thaksin and you risk suffering the same fate as Thaksin. Only the foolish and greedy would dare dance with the devil.
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej is getting a good taste of that tango of political death. Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej is now facing a no confidence vote, censure debate as well as getting thrown out of office for not reporting to the senate for an inquiry. The reasons are very clear, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej along with his party the People Power Party (PPP) have been acting in the best interests of Thaksin Shinawatra and not the Thai people. Samak does not have any justifiable answers for the questions that await him and he is avoiding going with the same vigor as a person being escorted to their execution.
Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda has acknowledged indirectly that Thaksin is running the government from behind the scenes, and he also does not want Samak to resign. Quoting a source “Part of the reason Gen Anupong doesn’t want Mr Samak to resign is because he fears that his replacement will not be as compromising with the military. The new prime minister would only be a yes-man to Mr Thaksin,”
Although the PPP have only been in office for about 4 months, they have already managed to awaken the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) from their slumber. The PAD dissolved itself shortly after the September 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin Shinawatra. Inside of 3 weeks the PAD have mustered 30,000 people to march on Government House breaking through police blockades, and unite several unions behind them. For a response to build and become this powerful and visible in 3 weeks, simply says how potent that Thaksin poison pill is.
Thaksin has remained hidden from view for the last several weeks and this is typical for him when he is planning and scheming. No doubt Thaksin is doing his best to avoid a repeat of the 2006 events, namely a coup. The party he controls the PPP also faces the same fate as Thaksin’s party the Thai Rak Thai that was dissolved in May 2007 for election fraud and 111 people including Thaksin were banned from politics until June 1, 2012. As Thaksin does not care much for rules and frequently uses people, the political situation in Thailand is what it is from Thaksin’s behind the scenes influence. Simply put, all of the people living in Thailand Thai or not are suffering to some extent because of Thaksin and his arrogance.
The solution to this problem is simple but difficult at the same time. Remove Thaksin and his influence from government and allow the courts to deal with the crimes Thaksin is accused of with out influence from the government. That is simply what the people want, and technically there should be no argument on that from either the pro or anti Thaksin camp. That along should calm the political tension in Thailand. However the down side to this is few people in Thailand have Thaksin’s skills when it comes to making things work. So to cleanse of Thaksin also means to wash off the medicine that will help.