Democrat Party in soggy attack on red shirts

18 10 2011

In the same Bangkok Post report where PPT cited former Prime Minister but still authoritarian Abhisit Vejjajiva’s call for military force against opponent-victims of flooding, there is also some interesting material from Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut.

First he complained that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is being seen too much (think of the media reports that say she is missing, weak and lacking leadership) and when she is, the nasty “red shirts would clap their hands in support of …  after she gave her interview[s].” The spokesman also complained that red shirts had “acted as if they were supervisors” at the Don Muang flood relief center.

Next he complained about the “government’s launch of 500 boats at Nonthaburi to try to push water from the Chao Phraya River, the Bang Pakong River and Tha Chin River out into the sea, he said the operation was a waste of time and effort as there were high sea tides at the time.” Spokesman Chavanond better bite your tongue for there has been ongoing discussion of the origin of this idea – see a thread at New Mandala – and it seems it is one of the king’s ideas.

PPT thinks the criticism is probably right, but we aren’t hydrologists. However, it would be outrageous for a member of the royalist party to be critical of the king.

In a report at The Nation, the Democrat Party turns to its more traditional form of political carping, with the party’s deputy spokesman Atthaporn Polabutr actually calling on ” former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to tell the red-shirt movement to stop causing rifts during this time of crisis.” Of course, his jaundiced view is that the red shirts are at the beck and call of Thaksin.

Atthaporn “said the country now needed unity to tackle the flood crisis but the red-shirt movement continued to escalate rifts.” He cited Nitirat and Robert Amsterdam as the culprits.

Now, while Amsterdam might have a line direct to Thaksin, it is a far more serious allegation to suggest that Nitirat is merely a tool of the red shirts and that Thaksin can  tell these academic lawyers what to say and do. Atthaporn may be confusing Nitirat with the kind of academics that have aligned to the Democrat Party and the yellow shirts.

Atthaporn then went on to link back to Abhisit by predicting that the “country will later on plunge deeper into crisis because of shortages and rising food costs. It will become a national crisis.” Atthaporn seems to think that it is Thaksin, red shirts and political opponents of the Democrat Party that have caused rifts in Thailand, forgetting his own party and their buddies and supporters in the elite.

Hopefully, when Atthaporn dries out, he may have something more useful to say rather than his re-runs of Democrat Party rhetoric circa 2007-10.


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