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Desperate words from a Dubai desperado

Re: "Thaksin 'ready to sacrifice family' but...", Politics, April 22.

Your fair and sharp report really made my day.

First, the Dubai man's lawyer-spokesman Noppadon Pattama, as far back as October 22, 2006, said the same thing about his client quitting politics. The Dubai resident made similar vows himself on January 1, 2008, February 28, 2008, September 22, 2009, November 12, 2009, April 15, 2012 and April 20 this year. All their words have been chaff in the wind.

Second, the lawyer said the vow came with a condition that his client's political enemies first adhere to the rules and the law. Coming from a fugitive from justice and a man whose favourite pastime is lambasting our courts and independent agencies when matters go against him, these words seem more than a little hypocritical. Perhaps his cronies should pipe down and do a little soul-searching.

Third, the man in question's readiness to make sacrifices for Thailand is pie in the sky. Via his sister-cum-proxy, he should have resigned and called an election in November 2013 immediately after the withdrawal of his amnesty bill, thereby preventing Suthep and the public to grind their axes against him. It is public disgust that has led to his "defeat" and allowed Suthep to rise.

Finally, Suthep and his followers have been given six months to build their case against the Shinawatra camp. As a result, Shinawatra "sins" are no longer erasable. The family has now lost its aura of invincibility.

The Dubai man can stop singing "My Way". "Desperado" sounds more fitting: "Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?"

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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