Abhisit’s image

25 04 2014

A couple of days ago, Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the Democrat Party, a royalist party that has rejected electoral politics, offered to help solve the nation’s political problems. More than that, according to the Bangkok Post, he “volunteered to spearhead efforts to break the current political deadlock by personally approaching key political figures to sell them on the ideas of reform.”

Abhisit is quoted as stating: “”I believe that the only way forward for the country is through reform, undertaken constitutionally and democratically with elections an integral part of the process…”. The linking of reform and elections can be seen as an attempt by Abhisit to link his party to a less radical version of the “reform first” agenda of the anti-democrats led by his old political partner and former deputy premier Suthep Thaugsuban.Abhisit 1

Yet the Democrat Party and Abhisit himself are major elements of the political crisis, having succumbed to military support in 2008, supported anti-democrats from 2005, trashed parliament, instituted repression at record levels when in government, and boycotted two recent elections. Indeed, Abhisit even skipped a meeting on the next election, claiming an unspecified security concern, when the only security issue had to do with anti-democrats crashing the meeting. More than that, just a day or so before that, he spoke out against new elections.

And now Abhisit wants to be taken seriously when he launches a self-promoting campaign to avoid violence and solve the political impasse.

Political moderates like Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra “welcomed” Abhisit’s move, saying “At least, it’s good that Abhisit agrees with election.” Yingluck has even agreed to meet with Abhisit. Others, like the anti-election Election Commission,  also welcomed Abhisit’s self-appointed role.Abhisit 2

Yet his party offers no unequivocal support for an election. Abhisit himself, after months and years of undermining elected governments has decided that he can give just 10 days to his newly-minted mission: “Giving an interview to Channel 3 live, Abhisit said if he could not convince all sides to accept a solution within ten days, he would abort the efforts.” We have often observed that the royalist elite in the Democrat Party is essentially a politically lazy bunch of freeloaders, and Abhisit’s big deal effort at “reform” is a 10-day set of meetings with other members of the elite.

Suthep was totally dismissive of his former frontman in the Democrat Party government:

Suthep … said that he would listen to noone except the “great masses of the people” who are calling for national reforms before the next election.

“Whoever he is, don’t dare to appoint himself as the mediator. Whether he is my acquaintance, my former colleague or my friend, don’t poke his nose into other people’s business,” Suthep said.Abhisit 3

“I listen to noone but the people. The people want to see reform so we must chase away the government so that reform can be carried out,” he added.

Abhisit’s plan remains unstated and unexplained. He has said, responding to Suthep’s dismissal:

… Suthep has not seen his blueprint, but he believed the PDRC leader would be able to accept it.

The Democrat leader is keeping his plan under wraps until he has discussed it with the the rival parties.

But he said it would be impossible to make Mr Suthep happy while still offering something that is acceptable to other parties involved in the conflict.

Mr Abhisit said his proposal could be implemented immediately and is designed to contain any further escalation of the crisis should the Constitutional Court strip caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of her powers.

 We kind of think that Abhisit may see himself as doing well out of such circumstances.

The problem for Abhisit will always remain that he is tainted by his past: military, coup, PAD, Suthep, red shirt murders, Newin, and so on. As the pictures posted here show, all clipped from reports announcing Abhisit’s “effort,” even the media seems to be ridiculing him. He’s lost credibility, he refuses to accept elections and their results, and he’s a political narcissist.

 


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28 04 2014
Abhisit and Prem doing deals | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] darkness of backrooms and party rooms, Abhisit Vejjajiva is being attacked by almost everyone for his proposal to end the political crisis, attention again turns to the grand old schemer, General Prem […]

28 04 2014
Abhisit and Prem doing deals | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] darkness of backrooms and party rooms, Abhisit Vejjajiva is being attacked by almost everyone for his proposal to end the political crisis, attention again turns to the grand old schemer, General Prem […]




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