Sondhi L to the People : Choose between the Democrats and PAD
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Sondhi L to the People : Choose between the Democrats and PAD

Well some Democrat MPs have been sucking up to Sondhi L and the PAD this doesn’t seem to be working. Sondhi L on ASTV on August 7 stated:
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I said to the Democrats for a long time. I said that why do you need to see us [yellow shirts] as the enemy. We are your ally. Suthep said that he doesn’t know PAD and that has no obligations to me/owes me no favors (ไม่มีบุญคุณกับผม). You pressure me so my group needs to adopt New Politics. We didn’t want to do. New Politics started because some person(s) in the Democrats is/are a vile jackass (เลวทรามบัดซบ). They don’t think of the favors/obligations they owe. They are ungrateful to PAD (มันเนรคุณต่อพันธมิตรฯ)* . They said that the yellow shirts create turbulence in the country. They also said that all PADites are Democrat Party members.
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/>Today, I will say that for those who want to be with the Democrats, then go (ผมก็เลยต้องบอก บอกว่าวันนี้ใครอยากอยู่พรรคประชาธิปัตย์ ไปอยู่เลย). You don’t need to be with me. Those who are with PAD are on my side and we will go on together to make the country better. Those in the East or the South. If you love the Democrats, are undecided, then be with the Democrats. Today, is the day that you must choose sides. The Democrats must also choose sides. If you want the Democrats then you will get people like Suthep.

/>BP: The marriage between the Democrats and PAD was always one of convenience. Some of the powerful, nationalist backers behind the Democrats hated the Democrats during the Chuan II administration late 97-early 01). Back then, they all flocked to Thaksin, but by 2004 they started to move away and fully moved to Sondhi L and PAD by early 2006.
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/>Sondhi L’s influence within the Democrats hasn’t been as significant as he hoped. Abhisit’s dance in trying placate Sondhi L over Patcharawat, the police chief, doesn’t seem to really placated him. The fury is not so great – this is also partially because of the tidbits that Abhisit is throwing Sondhi L’s way. Nevertheless, the split has been clear for a while. PAD need a split as they have a party now and they can punish the Democrats by winning seats in parliament which weakens the Democrats. Sondhi L has been gradually increasing his criticism of the Democrats and is now calling for the split.
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/>The question though is, how many will join? BP doesn’t think that many will, but this does depend over time on the number of scandals that surround the Democrats. It is to the advantage of Sondhi L/PAD to find such scandals as it directly helps them. Hence, you will see a continued dual attack of going after (1) red shirts/Thaksin, and (2) the Democrats, particularly Suthep.
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/>h/t to Prachatai.
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/>*from memory this is how Puea Thai referred to Newin as well.