Thailand is approaching tense times again because a new, sinister sort of coup is lurking in Parliament. What Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must do now is rethink her role as its leader. Three big questions await Yingluck's prompt responses:
First, as head of the executive branch, why has she allowed her Pheu Thai Party to push through Parliament an amnesty bill she knows will possibly lead to national violence?
Second, the latest Abac Poll found that 80.3 per cent of the people believe this bill will cause political violence. Can she not see the writing on the wall?
Third, as prime minister, does she think her brother Thaksin is more important than her own country?