Thaksin complains… with bitterness : “they’re copying me”

Fugitive ex-Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra accused Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of copying his populist policies during his phone-in interview from undisclosed location on Sunday

“I am not worried who will copy my policies, because I am more worried about people,” Thaksin said.

“But even if it is the same policy, if the people who implement it are different people it could have a different outcome. […]

Thaksin is bitter. Because he has to admit that his current opponents are a little bit smarter than before (The Junta, Surayud, Sondhi and all the military clowns etc. …).

Sure, without any shame, Abhisit is copying what Thaksin did. So what ? For one very simple reason : because it’s working. 😉

Thaksin can’t claim exclusivity on stupid populist policy (for instance : allowance of 2000 for all employees with low income…).

Stupid on an economic level, but efficient as political leverage…

Thaksin continued that he would continue fighting for justice for himself and his family.

|”If they want the problems to end, they must first return fairness to my family,” Thaksin said., “I’ve done nothing wrong and I am not the problem. My only mistake was that I won the elections so they framed me with corruption charges and accused me of being disloyal to the Royal Family.” (Nation)

He is the problem of course. But he has a point with the elections and the royal family.

Anyway, it’s another (and clear) proof that Thaksin won’t give up the war

He surely lost a battle. But he’s still there, behind the scene, somewhere, like a dangerous wild animal… waiting for the kill.

6 Responses to “Thaksin complains… with bitterness : “they’re copying me””

  1. 1 Bedwyr 25 January 2009 at 11:41 am

    It strikes me that Thaksin would be much better off without the sob stories. he would be better off not bothering to protest his innocence, because anybody with any kind of working circuitry in their brain knows he was corrupt, vindictive, repressive etc etc. In fact he was truly ‘orrible sonofabitch who deserved a bullet in his ear as much as the loyalty he had among others in the criminal class that passes for politicians over there in Thailand.


    Complaining about disenfranchisement of the poor, partisan politics from the Palace, dirty politics from Prem with someones arm up his back. These are all undisputedly true, most Thais know it full well, and this would be a much better approach.

    He would be much better off pointing out that the majority of Thais are victims, not him, and mobilising the victims to reclaim their rights.

    Now *that* would terrify the crap out of Bangkok.


  2. 2 fall 25 January 2009 at 2:56 pm

    He would be much better off pointing out that the majority of Thais are victims, not him, and mobilising the victims to reclaim their rights.

    If so, wanna bet how fast the treason charge will be file, process, and judge(with complimentary +100 pages marathon verdict reading)?

    if the people who implement it are different people it could have a different outcome.
    From track record, cant say the Dem wont make a scandal, devil in the detail. And with such heavy hand populist policy, I would say Mr. T dont have to do the killing. Abhisit is already bleeding himself dry. All he need to do is just stroll right in when the tower fell…

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 25 January 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I was rather thinking about his revenge. A desire of revenge, that must be intact, vivid. He’s waiting. Although, he’s bitter because he sees that he doesn’t have anymore the monopoly on populist policies.
    Abhisit is certainly smart. And he learned.

    You can gauge the contrast between Abhisit and… Surayud ! You remember ? I know it sounds like one century ago… The Junta… General Sondhi, what an hyperbolic bunch of clowns… 😉

    They were the perfect symbols of the decaying Thailand. You know what ? Sometimes, I miss them. Non, I’m joking. 😉

    As soon as I saw General Surayud… I thought about… Droopy. Poor man. He looked so sad. 😉 Anyway. Life goes on… And Thailand, while running, remains at the same point.

  4. 4 fall 25 January 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Oh, sweet revenge… best serve raw. And for someone who have no qualm about extra-judicial drug killing policy, hard to imagine there wont be blood.

    Throw up succession for the mix, viola perfect equation for a revolution. Military dictatorship, head or tail?

  5. 5 Bedwyr 26 January 2009 at 2:39 am


    Agree, been saying so for months. When the shibboleth-in-chief falls off the perch there will be a huge gazing of navels in the Land of [insincere] smiles. The Chinese are already here and stirring the pot (they don’t want USA influence on their borders and with Obama here and focussing on rebuilding the shattered USA self-image they will have a huge opportunity to clean their doorstep, unnoticed). As TC notes, Thaksin (who is not known for being a quitter but who is known for being a vindictive shit) Is waiting for his time.

    I believe the outcome this time will indeed be violent and may indeed be a civil war or revolution. I do not believe the rural masses are content anymore to dine on the slops and scraps from the Bangkok Elite at the feudal top table.

    Who will protect Prem and greasy Anupong? These are the key people who have to go.

    Maybe my crystal ball is cloudy but whichever way I look at Thailand I see trouble in the next 10 or 20 years. Whichever way you read the newspapers these days you cannot help feeling that Thailand is now in decline and will be replaced as a tourist destination and financial engine by Vietnam and a newly invigorated Cambodia. And it is the affluent Thais that have done it to themselves with their self-serving arrogance. Been saying so for months


  6. 6 ray 26 January 2009 at 4:55 am

    i think thaksin should just wait. the dems will shoot themselves in the foot. the unity in the coalition is weak to say the least. sonthi and newin are conspiring to set up a party. the miliatry are in this for their own reasons. its basically enemy’s enemy is a friend. who controls the issan will win the votes.
    on 31st jan the red bulls have a mass rally planned. lets see what happens.
    on the economy front if in 12 months things get worse the thai public will miss thaksin more. dont forget that the egrass roots love thaksin for the populist policies, but also the businessmen in bkk were making moolah during the 5 years of his administration. no one really cares about justice. the bottom line is am i better off during thaksin or after the end of his era?

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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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