With major updates: PADocrat Party

30 05 2012

It is no surprise at all that the democratically-inept Democrat Party is announcing that it is still in bed People’s Alliance for Democracy. Yes, they had a lovers’ spat when the Democrat Party was the military’s proxy party in government from 2008 to 2011, but things are now back to normal.

“Normal” means that the Democrat Party “says it will back protests” that PAD has organized against any reconciliation bill that “whitewashes” Thaksin Shinawatra.

Democrat Party secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-on revealed “that Democrat MPs could join the yellow shirt PAD’s rally outside parliament today.” And why not? They supported PAD rallies and showed up for them before 2008. That includes party leaders like Abhisit Vejjajiva and Korn Chatikavanij. The latter even wrote that he supported illegal acts by PAD. Kasit Piromya, who became foreign minister under Abhisit was a speaker at PAD rallies.

One of Abhisit’s close supporters, the deeply yellow Democrat Party MP Thepthai Senapong “encouraged viewers of his TV programme to participate.” He believed that “the rally the beginning of a second round of battle against the Thaksin regime.” That is classic PADspeak.

PPT wonders how much support the Sino-Thai business elite, military and palace will give the PADocrats this time round. We guess that they have the go-ahead from these groups for an initial testing of the protest waters.

Update 1: While their yellow-shirted brothers and sisters rallied outside parliament, the PADocrat Party played its part and disrupted parliament and, if the video is to be believed, actually assaulted the House Speaker:

Update 2: At the Bangkok Post there is some commentary on the PAD rally, with the Tul Sitthisomwong ultra-royalist faction rallying close by in small numbers and in support of his PAD leaders. At the PAD stage, Sondhi Limthongkul “announced from the rally stage that the PAD will continue with its protest until it achieves victory in its fight against the reconciliation bill…”. Sondhi stated that any “move is taken to pass an amnesty law, the PAD will stage a rally…”.

Sondhi added that PAD opposition is partly motivated by the ultra-royalist perspective that a reconciliation bill infringes the king’s power:  “Annulling a court verdict is tantamount to infringement on the King’s power. However many days our rally will last depends on when we get victory…”.

The idea that the judiciary is the king’s tool is an interesting constitutional position.

 


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