Sunday, July 29, 2012

Yingluck says govt isn't in retreat

If you think the Yingluck government has been beating a retreat, think again. Or that's what the premier said yesterday.

She told a major gathering of Pheu Thai MPs that by stalling on the constitutional amendments and withdrawal of the "reconciliation bill" from Parliament, her government wasn't "backing out" at all. In fact, it's the other way around. "We are moving full steam ahead," she declared.

The "tactical move" that may be interpreted in certain quarters as a retreat, she said, was merely to create an atmosphere of reconciliation -- and avoiding any confrontation.

It's obvious that the powers-that-be are shifting their power game. The strategy is to calm down and wait for the right moment to attack. Her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, speaking through a tele-conferencing system on the same day, told his MPs that they must adhere to a "cooling down" strategy so that the Yingluck government could operate for a lengthy period of time.

The clear adjustment of tactics is to keep the government afloat for as long as possible so that the main objectives could be achieved without disruption.

Without a doubt, Pheu Thai leaders have come to realize that every day that they remain in power means the continued weakening of opposition Democrat Party.

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