Sunday, January 16, 2011
Will Virabongsa swim with the sharks?
I personally don't think he will take the plunge. He is a cautious man and he can't stand politics. But then, rumours persist that Virabongsa Ramangkura will somehow play a major role in Pheau Thai Party soon.
That Thaksin Shinawatra trusts him to lead his party isn't a question. But for Virabongsa, former deputy premier and ex-finance minister, to accept the offer to head the party sounds too far-fetched. The latest round of speculation says that Thaksin will let Mingkwan Saengsuwan lead the no-confidence debate against the government while his sister Yingluck Shinawatra will serve as the "real boss" behind the scenes.
If that's the case, where does Virabongsa fit in? Well, Mingkwan is seen as a "front-man" who will be set aside if he fails to put a dent on the government in the censure debate. That will leave Yingluck the real party's controller. Up front though, Virabongsa can, if he so decides, to act as the official party leader.
Thaksin doesn't have that many choices. Virabongsa, on the other hand, can choose not to throw himself into political hubbub if he remains his usual self.