Abhisit whitewashes the military coup

22 12 2012

As if to confirm the point PPT made in an earlier post, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is reported to have stated: “If Section 309 isn’t altered the Democrat Party has no problem…”. PPT has no doubt that the “no problem” bit is a lie. As we noted earlier, PPT expects endless legal and constitutional challenges to every step taken by Puea Thai. However, the emphasis placed on Article 309 is clear evidence of the significance of this article for the royalists.

Abhisit believes that “the government’s bid for a charter rewrite” is essentially an attempt to “whitewash deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.” He added that: “Pheu Thai’s sole purpose was to alter Section 309 of the 2007 charter, which deals with the actions of the 2006 coup-makers who overthrew Thaksin.”

In fact, Abhisit’s pathological focus on Thaksin and Article 309 is merely an attempt to whitewash the military coup as a legitimate means of political change and of getting rid of elected governments.

This was affirmed when Abhisit “rejected a government suggestion that he thoroughly study a proposed referendum on charter amendments before calling for a public boycott.” Abhisit said he doesn’t need to study anything because “he could easily guess the questions to be put forward.” He then issued a warning and threat: “The public will be asked if they want a new charter to be drafted. It is what the government wants. If the matter is allowed to proceed, conflicts will expand…”.

In line with that threat, Abhisit demanded that “the government should withdraw the charter amendment bill and call off its bid to hold the referendum.”

CardsPPT has a resident political fortune teller with us, and he tells us that he could easily foresee the nature of this threat: expect rough-house tactics by the so-called Democrat Party in parliament, lies about the referendum, street demonstrations, claims that the status of the monarchy is under threat by claiming a republican plot, and calls for a military coup. Our soothsayer also predicts mainstream media attempt to support royalists, legal challenges and possible occupation of significant buildings.

The article in the Post also refers to the government’s policy platform on constitutional change. Like others, PPT had neglected this state, so we include it here. It was delivered by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to the National Assembly on 23 August 2011.

Referendum

Clearly, the royalist Constitutional Court has caused a rethink, yet the notion of a referendum was in the Puea Thai government’s policy. Voters know that it was a central element of the Puea Thai Party’s election campaigning.

Abhisit is not one to pay much attention to the voice of the people. As a born and bred member of the royalist elite, his track record is to only to accept popular votes when his side wins them. His call for a public boycott of any referendum is only his first card. He has plenty more to play, and the royalist deck is always stacked against Puea Thai, aces low, and kings queens and other knaves trumping all.


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