Beginning of the end ? PM ready to take King’s advices

Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat on Monday said he is ready to take His Majesty the King’s advice on ways to end the national crisis into consideration. […]

The premier arrived in Chiang Mai province on Monday morning after he paid respect at Phra That Phanom temple in Nakhon Phanom and slept at Udon Thani during the weekend. (Bangkok Post)

We have to remember that Somchai was granted already an audience with the King, mid october. And apparently, Somchai looked… concerned when he came back. 😉

If Somchai is granted another audience today or tomorrow then that would be a strong sign…

8 Responses to “Beginning of the end ? PM ready to take King’s advices”


  1. 1 FDL 1 December 2008 at 7:47 am

    Yes I agree with you TC that it now seems like the game is over for Somchai Wongsawat, our shortest sitting Thai prime minister. Suvarnabhumi airport is quickly being reopened, the opposition had announced their evacuation from the Government house site and nearly 70 planes had been allowed to fly out from the Suvarnabhumi airport terminal.

    And the big losers are the Shinawatras . . . and in particular Thaksin’s brother-in-law and current Thai PM Somchai Wongsawat.

    Personally I believe the Reds had miscalculated badly. They believed that if they dragged on the crisis long enough (why care about the multi-billion losses and shame to the Kingdom?), the Bangkok people would rally against, not for, the PAD. But this did not happen (although I was tempted to, I must admit, until I was jarred into reminder that the alternative could be worse) and that means the beginning of the end . . . a definite end to Somchai Wongsawat who had been hiding all the time (that’s a new leadership style not in the textbooks) the crisis was near exploding.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 1 December 2008 at 7:51 am

    Yes, I’m convinced that the government has lost the battle… But the war is likely to continue.

    But, let’s wait a little bit more. We have the parties dissolution case… That could ignite some reactions.

    Plus the King… who will have to say something during his birthday speech.

    So it’s not over yet.

  3. 3 chinesethai 1 December 2008 at 8:27 am

    This Government may have lost the battle. But Thaksin has not!

    Thaksin through the new PTP will buy its way to a landslide winning once again.

    Otherwise, he can patiently wait another year or two until the high-profile death, and instigate another Red Shirt Revolution once again.

  4. 4 thaichris 1 December 2008 at 9:25 am

    @CT

    I don’t agree per see that PTP will win th enext election. The people supporting PAD did learn there lesson. They understand that the have to win a number of seats in the noth and in the northeast. And they understood that they have to put an effort (ressource and money wise) in order to achieve that goal. Education and information will be some of the elemnts. They are currently distributing free ASTV dishes in order to spread the message to Isan. And the Democrats will go into noth and northeast more agressively hunting for support. The PTP and Thaksin have to be beaten in election and not only in the streets.

  5. 5 chinesethai 1 December 2008 at 11:07 am

    Thaichris,

    Well, that’s what people said in Dec 2007 that the Dems definitely had an edge over Pro-Thaksin Parties (I don’t use ‘PPP’ because they keep changing their party name). I told them they were daydreaming before I went for a retreat in China’s countryside. I had anticipated the turmoil we are experiencing.

    Thaichris, fact on the ground is that the number of ASTV (+ Nation Channel) audiences are still very small and largely concentrated in city/district centres. Moreover, you need to live in your own home to be able to install a satellite dish. But the majority of the people either live in condos or rent apartments, in which free satellite TVs may not be available or, if available, dishes are never moved to NSS6. These people usually do not have access to satellite TVs or even cables.

    It is obvious that Thaksin still has huge, huge financial resources. Currently he just spends his probably weekly interest income to sponsor all these bomb blasts, phones-in, UDD rallies etc.

    Lastly, you gotta realize that the country’s most charismatic person is very frail while no one with charisma comparable to him has been seen emerging to succeed him. Adding to the fear is his unpopular son. While Thaksin is very healthy.

    I have taken part in election process as a Returning Officer in Canada. Canadian elections are really elections that truly represent Canada’s national interest. In Thailand, elections are just the tools for crooks to legitimize their power to rule and exploit. Everything in this country is so much hinged on one man. If Mr.Thanin Chiaravanond dies, unwanted fate could happen to CP Group. Same applies to this nation in light of the high-profile death. Thaksin is waiting for it.

  6. 6 Minnie 1 December 2008 at 11:40 am

    No wonder the ASTV want to place a free dish in every village paid for by the elite bank rollers of the PAD

  7. 7 chinesethai 1 December 2008 at 11:54 am

    Minnie,

    Yes, you’re right. But who is using the public resource (NBT) for personal purposes? That’s worse. It’s a all-out corruption.

  8. 8 Gloomy Observer 1 December 2008 at 1:49 pm

    “A plague on both their houses”.


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