Depending on how key players responsible for the political polarisation can tone down their egocentricity for the sake of the greater good next year, when there will be a general election and celebrations for His Majesty’s auspicious 84th birthday, a fresh start could usher in for the country.
Since the end of the red-shirt rally in May, fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra has been putting out feelers to signal he is a changed man.
Thaksin is keeping a low-profile. Gone is his tough rhetoric promoting the red-shirts’ struggle. He has cut down on his “tweets”. And his central message has turned passive in a bid to distance him from violence in lieu of the aggressive remarks against his opponents.