Prem and Puea Thai

10 02 2012

In The Nation, Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit of the Puea Thai Party proudly stated that:

General Prem

those questioning the government’s motive for the party should know that he too was a subordinate of [Privy Council President, General] Prem [Tinsulanonda], saying their ties dated back to 1994….

He said it was a misconception to portray the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration as being close to Prem and the present government as being distant.

He also stated that he did not want to talk about the past when the red shirts rallied in front of Prem’s residence.

Being subordinate is an interesting way of putting it, but what exactly is closeness to Prem measuring? Perhaps it is subordination.

In a Wikileaks cable, before the 2006 coup, Prem was reported as complaining that: “over Thaksin [Shinawatra]’s first five years as prime minister, he had not met much with Prem; Thaksin thought he knew everything already.”

Prem seems to have thought that he was the fount of considerable wisdom on government and politics, a bit like the monarch. Maybe Thaksin and the Puea Thai Party really have learned how to roll over and play dead.



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