Press, Thaksin : “from saviour to sinner in a single season”

This article of the Guardian, about the first year of Thaksin as the owner of Manchester City football club, is a perfect allegory of his political life (as Prime Minister).

When he was elected the first time in 2001, hopes were high in Thailand and outside. He was different from the previous crooks (because he was rich already…). He was younger. And much smarter than the old politicians and generals in their tight uniform.

And then… he became megalomaniac. That’s stronger than him : his behaviour takes -always- the upper hand on his intellect. And then he starts to make mistakes. Big ones.

Fans who failed to question the Thai owner’s past are now shocked to see how authoritarian he can be.

hen Manchester City were about to be sold to Thaksin Shinawatra last summer the men in charge of City rejected any concerns about whether his really was the safest pair of hands for the self-styled true Manchester club. A cursory Google search could have told them of the long-standing allegations of human rights abuses, including the killing without trial of people suspected of drugs offences, while Thaksin was the prime minister of Thailand, and of other authoritarian aspects of his rule. (following)

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