In Thailand ever since the democrats took power, the Pheu Thai Party (PTP) has been throwing everything they have at the democrats to unseat them so the PTP could come back to power. Every time the PTP cites the new Constitution, they simply prove the new Constitution is doing what it was designed to do.
Trying to take out the squeaky clean democrats with a Constitution that is designed to root out bad politicians is certainly showcasing the wisdom that went into the drafting of this document. Because all attempts thus far have seemed to bounce off the democrats, it proves politicians can govern inside the restrictions of the 2007 Constitution. This will most certainly will support the do not change vote if and when the time comes.
This is exactly what happened when the PTP tried to censure the democrats, they gave the democrats the chance to showcase their projects. As a result the PTP went down and the democrats went up in the public opinion poll.
Politically speaking the PTP is the best advertizing the democrats could ever want, and to top it off it is free. Very regularly you hear Prime Minister Abhsit Vejjajiva encouraging the PTP to keep up being to opposition party. When the PTP act, they continue to show the contrast between good and bad that boosts the democrats popularity immensely. Seeing as many of the charges the PTP are claiming against the democrats are fabrications, it further shows the huge contrast that is reflected in Thai society. People associated with Thaksin are not people you want around or in power if you want Thailand to move forward. Frequent distortions and lies do not fly well if people listen to what their mother taught them.
Even the pro convicted fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra’s red shirt army tends to showcase the democrats ans also the Constitution. Every time the red shirts come out, they prove that democracy is in place and working, and again give the democrats a chance to shine. It is abundantly clear to everyone that has been paying attention what the red shirts are all about. They prefer criminals in power, and that alone makes peoples eyes roll.
So as the PTP, and other Thaksin supporters continue to forego the carrot and use the stick, they simply continue to prove the 2007 Constitution is a true piece of work. It provided the necessary short leash for out of control corrupt politicians, as well as allow them to hold peaceful demonstrations as a true sign of democracy.
If the PTP every want to move ahead they must stop being negative as being negative goes against the grain in so many ways in Thailand. The more negative they are, the more they prove the Constitution as being a brilliant document that both restricts and provides freedom and democracy at the same time.