Abhisit’s desire to be an elected PM

13 09 2010

The big news of the day at The Nation is that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has “revealed a desire to win a second term if a general election is called this or next year – which could prove the climax to his political career.”

A pipe dream? Quite possibly, for his party has never received electoral support from more than a minority of voters, being at the head of a party that wins an election is a little far-fetched. But he does have all the forces of the state with him in his effort to bend public opinion in his direction.

Abhisit Vejjajiva

Abhisit said that a “general election might be called early next year” but he wanted to be sure there would be no repeat of the embarrassing result of 2007, when the Democrat Party unaccountably lost an election the military thought it would win.

No, he wasn’t that honest. He actually said “he wanted to see results first from inquiries by a reconciliation committee led by Kanit na Nakhon and another panel led by Sombat Thamrongtanyawong.” Both panels have been almost invisible since being formed.

PPT can understand that Abhisit, hoisted into place by a bunch of elite and palace autocrats, manipulated by the military, business interests and corrupt and self-serving political hacks, would really like to be elected to his essentially appointed position. With sufficient threat and use of the armed security forces, he might be able to wrangle such a result.

In his weekly talk, Abhisit showed that reconciliation is simply a political shibboleth when he made comments that associated the Puea Thai Party with a recent string of bombs: “The red-shirt leaders and the Pheu Thai Party leaders cannot deny involvement because the suspects who were arrested also are linked to them…”. PPT wasn’t aware that suspects were held in many of these cases. Of the recent cases, we assume Abhisit is speaking of one case – the attempted bombing in front of the Phum Jai Thai Party headquarters.

Responding to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s latest statement on reconciliation, Abhisit “said Thaksin should know that reconciliation was about national interest, not his personal interest.” A standard line, but then Abhisit resorted to the very personal when replying to students in recent days.

Even if he manages to fiddle an election victory, he will always carry the stain of being the Butcher of Bangkok, responsible for deaths and injuries on the streets and for the imprisonment of hundreds of political prisoners.



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