Friday, July 16, 2010

Pridiyathorn approached to lead Pheau Thai? I wouldn't bet on that

If you ask me, I would tell you this speculation wouldn't turn out to be anything concrete. M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakul ("Mom Ouei") becoming the leader of Thaksin Shinawatra's Pheau Thai Party?

But then, it's a juicy rumour that is sweeping the town. Why? First of all, Thaksin needs someone to head his party like a hole in the head. Chalerm Yoobamrung has been battling it out with Mingkwan Saengsuwan. Gen Chavalit YOngchaiyudh is always there waiting in the wing. But none of these could really hold the party together.

M.R. Pridiyathorn's name has come up perhaps because he is one of the handful who are "available," having no clear affiliation with any particular political grouping.

The former deputy PM, ex-commerce minister, and former central bank governor, is also the father of M.L. Nattakorn Devakul ("Pluem") who has been quite active on Voice TV providing lively comments that are critical of the Abhisit government and in a number of cases quite pro-Red.

It's no surprise that the son's political commentaries may have something to do with the rumours that the father could well be taking an active political role once again. And what's wrong with Thaksin calling up Mom Ouei to say: "Hello, how's your son doing?"

Mind you, I am in no way suggesting that the conversation did take place or that the two have come to any agreement if they have actually been talking to each other.

If you need additional information to enhance your analytical depth on this issue,let me tell you that M.R. Pridiyathorn, by the way, has just agreed to take up the position as chairman of the board of directors of the Post Publishing Co.