After the convicted fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra’s attempt at overthrowing the government for the most part did a crash and burn, people will be looking for signs as to what his next move will be. They do not have to look very far, the Pheu Thai Party (PTP) will be the compass as to what Thaksin plans next.
For the most part at the moment the PTP is like a dog without a master. They were already showing some signs of wear and tear as some did not have the stomach for what Thaksin was dishing out. How things will play out next in the Thai political arena is anyone’s guess. Considering that Thaksin is undeniably more of a criminal now than he was before the raid on the Asean Summit in Pattaya, guilt by association now could be fatal for the PTP.
Consider that there was no hiding the fact the PTP, and the red shirts all were and still are tied to Thaksin, one can not help but see this dance with the devil may have ended their political carriers. Because of the deep divide Thaksin caused in Thailand, the rift may be too big to cross. Meaning they probably will not be forgiven anytime soon if at all.
So getting back on topic, this bunch who have the audacity to call themselves politicians will do as they always do, and that is do what is best for them and forget about anyone else. If Thaksin has somehow convinced them the game is still in play, then there will be little change in how they act. They will still be hell bent on getting back into power. If they conclude that the time of Thaksin is past, and a new dark leader must be selected, they will star to show allegiance to who they feel is best.
All things considered the PTP is Thaksin’s ‘C’ team, and they just may need to wait until June 1, 2012 when the ban on politics ends for Thaksin’s ‘A’ team. The PTP has proven to be completely dysfunctional and certainly may have accidently contributed to the crash and burn of Thaksin’s ‘Do it yourself Coup’ with a red shirt army.
Connecting the Dots does not want to make any predictions at this time as there is still a lot of dust in the air. With Thaksin’s passport now revoked the game has changed. How successful Thaksin will be in getting another passport remains to be seen. Thaksin has said other countries were willing to provide him a passport, but seeing is that news came from Thaksin, probably not. So the validity of this remains to be seen. Also considering the attack on the Asean Summit, any such passport offer may be under reconsideration by whatever country that may be.
So watch the PTP and particularly the hard core members. The media has discounted Thaksin as being done and kaput. That may be true for what would be considered a normal person, but people who are psychotic can never stop. As far as Thaksin is concerned the game is still in play, and he must now convince his PTP followers. Only the most inept and greedy will follow because they have no clue how to do things themselves.