Abhisit (ex-democrat) and Newin (ex-Thaksin admirer) best friends

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Difficult task, huh ? ! I know… I’m tough with you.

But I forgot one important information : the caption (from Nation) for the left picture. Here it is :

Woes-turned-friends depiction : Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva shakes hands with former Thai Rak Thai executive Newin Chidchob to seal government coalition deal Tuesday.

Yes, it does the job pretty well. That’s a good caption ! 😉

But Nation has even more (sweet) details about this new lovestory.

“I would like to assure the Democrat that nothing will change from now on until the day the House elects the new prime minister. This is my gentleman’s promise,” Newin said.

He gave the promise after Abhisit gave him red roses and the two held hands and Newin held Abhisit in his right arm.

Love is definitely in the air. And we can admire the cynism of Newin : “gentleman’s promise” ! Did he give the same to his previous “friend”… Thaksin ? 😉

New Mandala has a good piece to describe the situation (eventhough I disagree with their title) :

With the assistance of a military coup, two party dissolutions, a new constitution, an activist judiciary, royal backing, an ultra-nationalist crisis, six months of escalating street provocation, military insubordination, and an economically disastrous airport shutdown, the Democrat Party now seems to be within striking distance of forming Thailand’s next government.

Good luck to them.

Indeed. Good luck to the “Frankenstein Coalition“.

Now… are you ready (and willing) to discover the… offsprings of this monstruous… mating ?

18 Responses to “Abhisit (ex-democrat) and Newin (ex-Thaksin admirer) best friends”


  1. 1 fall 9 December 2008 at 12:46 pm

    And for the dream team cabinet line up:
    Suthep as Foreign Minister.
    Newin as Finance Minister.
    And Somsak Kosaisook as Minister of Interior(if Chalerm can be, so can he)!

    And the (un)official motto:
    “We will gladly swallow our own words for a chance to serve”
    follow by a runner-up of “We will uphold the rule of law and prosecute to the utmost extent of law” (with Somsak saying it with stern words and close-up shot)

  2. 2 FDL 9 December 2008 at 1:28 pm

    TC you forgot the biggest helper to Abhisit’s ascendancy which is Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra himself. Thaksin shinawatra’s insistence that his successor(s) should also SMELL like him were the undoing of the Thaksin smell-alikes. That, plus the assistance of a military coup, two party dissolutions, a new constitution, an activist judiciary, royal backing, an ultra-nationalist crisis, six months of escalating street provocation, military insubordination, and an economically disastrous airport shutdown” . . . etc. etc.

  3. 3 paperback 9 December 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Mmh. The PAD has protested so fiercely against vote buying in elections. I wonder whether they will also protest fiercely against vote buying in Parliament. 😀

    Ok, there’s one thing I seriously wonder about: will an Abhisit government try to introduce elements of “New Politics” into the constitution? Only then the reactionary revolution will have won.

  4. 4 chinesethai 9 December 2008 at 2:26 pm

    paperback,

    You are welcome to provide them with ‘proof’ or such allegation would be just a BS.

  5. 5 paperback 9 December 2008 at 2:48 pm

    @ chinesethai

    Don’t you recognise PAD’s hypocrisy? They doubted the former government’s legitimacy because it was elected by representatives who they believed came into office because of vote buying. But now they are happy with a government elected by the very same representatives only that this time they will choose another prime minister.

  6. 6 chinesethai 9 December 2008 at 4:17 pm

    “Don’t you recognise PAD’s hypocrisy? They doubted the former government’s legitimacy because it was elected by representatives who they believed came into office because of vote buying. But now they are happy with a government elected by the very same representatives only that this time they will choose another prime minister.”

    You are wrong!! Didn’t you watch ASTV1 this evening? Veera Somkwamkid and Ruangkrai Leekijwattana lashed out at the Democrats harshly and predicted a quick downfall of Abhisit.

    paperback, Paul Handley’s book is not Thai history bible.

  7. 7 fall 9 December 2008 at 4:59 pm

    …lashed out at the Democrats harshly and predicted a quick downfall of Abhisit
    Action speak louder than word.

    Paul Handley’s book is not Thai history bible
    But for the lack there of, sadly it’s the next best thing…

  8. 8 paperback 9 December 2008 at 5:48 pm

    @ chinesethai

    Didn’t you watch ASTV1 this evening?
    Ah, ASTV, the reputable source of truth. Quite different from biased media known for slander and lies like the notorious Economist.

    Veera Somkwamkid and Ruangkrai Leekijwattana lashed out at the Democrats harshly and predicted a quick downfall of Abhisit.
    So what? I want to see PAD out on the streets and inside government house once Abhisit is elected. Then you may tell me I was wrong.

    paperback, Paul Handley’s book is not Thai history bible.
    chinesethai, although I haven’t read Handley’s book yet (still sitting on my shelf) I doubt very, very strongly that he wrote anything about PAD’s follies in 2008. What’s your obsession with Handley anyway?

  9. 9 paperback 9 December 2008 at 5:49 pm

    @ fall

    How did you do the italics? BB Code doesn’t work obviously.

  10. 10 ThaiCrisis 9 December 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Replace “i” with “em” for HTML codes. Same syntax.
    I can’t show you there, because WordPress interprets everything, even when using quotes.

  11. 11 chinesethai 10 December 2008 at 12:48 am

    paperback & fall,

    “Ah, ASTV, the reputable source of truth. Quite different from biased media known for slander and lies like the notorious Economist.”
    Yes. But what’s wrong with watching it? And what’s wrong with following the information from both sides? What did you use as a material? Tell me. In fact, CCTV-4 (China Central TV) produced a good scoop of Thai Politics.

    Please be straightforward. What do you rely on as the sources of info?

    So what? I want to see PAD out on the streets and inside government house once Abhisit is elected. Then you may tell me I was wrong.
    If PAD were out on the street again, you would surely criticize them as being violent, wouldn’t you? In fact, when the Red Shirts were out on the street, you never even thought of touching them. You were silent even when there were violences in Chiangmai and Udornthani. You don’t need to conceal your real stance anymore. You are dishonest.

    although I haven’t read Handley’s book yet (still sitting on my shelf) I doubt very, very strongly that he wrote anything about PAD’s follies in 2008. What’s your obsession with Handley anyway?
    I have read it. I was even convinced by it totally. For example, he alleged that the King might be behind coups and bloody violences. But looking into the behaviours of each of Field Marshals and Generals that he mentioned of staging coups on the King’s behalf, I found lots of discrepancy. Some of them were even openly Anti-Monarchy. So his allegation is overblown.

    fall, Farang is not God, you know.

  12. 12 chinesethai 10 December 2008 at 12:56 am

    And what if Puea Thai Party attempts to form its own government? What are your stances?

  13. 13 FDL 10 December 2008 at 1:12 am

    How big is Newin? (as big as Samak?) Abhisit looks like a lost baby in the embrace of the big bear Newin.

  14. 14 dooda 10 December 2008 at 6:07 am

    Paperback, the PAD is not protesting but the Red shirt Korat faction (“Korat Love Democracy”) is protesting with bombs, coffins and wreaths.

    http://nationmultimedia.com/2008/12/10/politics/politics_30090622.php

  15. 15 fall 10 December 2008 at 8:35 am

    How did you do the italics?
    Normally I use this syntax before text without the @ sign.

    What did you use as a material? Tell me.
    Focus mainly from UBC and internet, (Thai&English) newspaper and blog sites. Can’t understand Chinese(note the lack in name, not ChineseFall). Didn’t have the ASTV though, but I do hate Fox. Too much opinion, too little news.

    fall, Farang is not God, you know.
    And I thought UN is my father… nope, seen my fair share of dumb Farang. And a fair share of wise one.
    But when a (Thai) society lack a straight forward record and discussion of history and the source of a king biography come from foreigner. There is definitely a BIG problem in the system.

  16. 16 paperback 10 December 2008 at 9:13 am

    @ chinesethai

    Of course also ASTV is an interesting source. And as with every media it’s neccesary to sort the news from the propaganda – especially when watching a propaganda channel.

    If PAD were out on the street again, you would surely criticize them as being violent, wouldn’t you?

    No, only if they were violent. Demonstrating as such is an important citizens’ rights. But you got my intentions wrong: I just commented on the funny fact that PAD doesn’t care about dubious figures in politics like Newin as long as they can’t be associated with anything Thaksinoid.

    In fact, when the Red Shirts were out on the street, you never even thought of touching them.
    Why should I? I’m not a policeman.

    You were silent even when there were violences in Chiangmai and Udornthani. You don’t need to conceal your real stance anymore. You are dishonest.
    Even worse. I like to eat little children and I have a secret torture chamber in my basement. But in case you’re interested: I abhor violence and lawbreaking and I would be thankful if the authorites would investigate every crime and convict every perpetrator no matter which colour he likes to wear. If I don’t comment every incident here it doesn’t mean I approve of it. That is an illogical and unfair assumption.

  17. 17 ThaiCrisis 10 December 2008 at 9:14 am

    Don’t use the brackets. But the > sign (lower and greater) for italic. 😉

  18. 18 paperback 10 December 2008 at 9:21 am

    @ dooda

    Death threats against side-switching politicians are a crime and you can be sure I don’t approve of it.

    @ ThaiCrisis

    I finally got it, thank you. I didn’t understand your reference to “em” though, “i” works fine with .


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