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Thaksin started a joke he couldn't end

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was sentenced for a two-year jail term because during his premiership, he complied with the desire of his then wife Pojaman, who wanted to buy a piece of land from the government on the cheap.

Now, his sister Yingluck is facing expulsion from office because she complied with the wish of the same lady, Pojaman, who wanted to see her elder brother, police General Preawpan Damapong, installed as Thailand's top police chief for the last few months of his bureaucratic career.

Both Thaksin and Yingluck are in trouble because they wanted to please the same person.

And that is what is wrong with the Thaksin regime: It has put family, party members and even its supporters before the country.

And since Thaksin is the mastermind behind all this, the joke he started has come back to haunt him.

And that is why we're all in trouble now.

Vint Chavala

Bangkok


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