Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The best of friends with no love lost between them

They look like old pals but nobody knows what they both think of each other. Publicly, they embrace each other for the sake of Pheau Thai's unity.Privately, reporters who have talked to them tell different stories.

But then, that's nothing to write home about in politics.

Chalerm Yoobamrung has just declared that he might set up a new political party,
tentatively called the "New Alternative Party" perhaps with Chuwit Kamolvisit, the colourful businessman-turned-politician, and Nitipoom Nawarat, a Thai Rath columnist who has run for elections in Bangkok before.

Interestingly enough, Chalerm made that announcement soon after Mingkwan Saengsuwan has obtain endorsement from Thaksin Shinawatra to lead the upcoming no-confidence debate against the government. Last time, it was Chalerm who led the attack in the House.

Has Chalerm gone out of favour with Thaksin? Nobody knows. But as soon as Chalerm learned about Mingkwan's new role, he began to leak news to reporters that he was contemplating a new party.

"I have talked to Chuwit but not yet to Nitipoom. Combined, the two have won over a million votes from Bangkokians," Chalerm said.

He said he had proposed a three-point suggestion to Pheau Thai and depending on the party's response, he would proceed to decide whether to set up a new party or not.

The three proposals from Chalerm to Pheau Thai: 1. The party must make Thaksin the "selling point." 2. Bangkok's electoral constituency must be divided into three zones and 3. The party must speak with one voice.

Well, obviously, Chalerm isn't speaking with the same voice and the rest of the party in the first place.

Has he talked to Thaksin about his ideas?

"No, I have never talked to him anyway..."

Politicians don't usually talk in any logical way. So, why do you expect Chalerm to be different?

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