Thursday, March 24, 2011
Chalerm is calling his bluff, again
Why did Chalerm Yoobamrung suddenly resign as MP from the House yesterday?
The apparent reason is that he is calling attention from Thaksin Shinawatra who seems to have not taken his advice seriously about all the major issues int the party.
He was trying to shoot down Mingkwan Saengsuwan's ambitious rise and appearing to back Thaksin's sister Yingluck instead. But that doesn't seem to have boosted his position in the party. Now, he wants Thaksin to know that he is sulking in a very serious way.
Quitting now doesn't affect Chalerm that much since election time is just a few weeks ago. He simply wants to make virtue out of necessity.
Don't be surprised if he starts talking about forming a new party again --- that's his usual tactics to stay on in Pheau Thai with a higher profile.
Thaksin doesn't want to anger him but then he doesn't him Chalerm to have any real say either.
Pheau Thai is split before the big election -- and Chalerm's gesture is just the beginning of a tidal wave of defections and attention-grabbing negotiation tactics among the opportunistic politicians.