” Who gets the kingdom’s sceptre when Bhumibol leaves the stage?“, asked Paul Handley in his article What the Thai coup was really about (Asia Sentinel, 6 november 2006).
A that time, people were following the finger of the propaganda.
Paul Handley, him, went directly to the point, the core of the issue.
Thaksin was corrupted ? Yes, like all his predecessors. He has blood on his hands ? Yes, as other before him. Being like a “modern” among a bunch of old ginger thai politicians, he practised corruption on a broader scale : an industrialized one. Fair enough.
However, this is not the real reason that the Coup of september.
The real reason is because he was becoming a treat for the trone, among the power struggle for the succession of king Bhumibol (80 years old in december 2007…).
Thaksin was on the verge to bypass the monarchy, after the dead of king Bhumibol. He would be able to marginalize the thai monarchy, instrumentalize it.
Anyway, read the piece of Paul Handley. It’s worth it.