Grandma Niew and the Dissolving Democrats

From Manager, October 20, 2010
The corpse of Grandma Niew is saying: Staying with you is annoying!
The caption reads: It seems like the husband is the more annoying [of the two]

[This references Grandma Niew. As a stereotypical Esarn granny, Grandma Niew's friendly overtures to PM Abhisit have been used by the Democrats to boost the party image in the northeast. The elderly Ubon Ratchathani resident was cited by Abhisit in one of his early speeches as PM. She had previously given Abhisit a small gold ring as a gift in 2007.

The Red Shirts have functioned as political enforcers, menacing those who might break with the Thaksin cause. Grandma Niew became a lightning rod for conflict as Red Shirts attempted to disrupt her meetings with the PM. In one highly publicized incident, Red Shirts broke into her intensive care hospital room before she died to berate her for her friendly attitude to the PM.

The cartoon reflects disappointment that the Democrat Party is unable to mount a real challenge to Thaksin's appeal or his brazenness in fielding strong arm tactics. In this cartoon, Grandma Niew's rotting corpse is complaining that Abhisit's government is stale and scandal ridden--more disturbing than her now rotting corpse.

Below is a sign the Democrats put up that mentions Grandma Niew.]


(Photo: 2Bangkok.com)

From October 21, 2009
The sign reads: I have promised Grandma Niem to take care of the elderly nationwide - As promised, we have done [it] - The lifetime pension project for the elderly

[As Grandma Niew is intolerable to the Red Shirts, these signs were almost universally defaced in Bangkok. The words sprayed on the sign read: Creating debt]

From Manager, October 29, 2010
On the left is the logo of the Democrat Party and on the right is the logo of the Constitutional Court.
The caption reads: [Which is] Dissolving?

[This refers to the escalating scandal of taped conversations in which court officials seem to be negotiating a verdict with Democrat representatives and later deciding how to cover up the revelation of the first round of leaked tapes.

The court responded by going after the person thought to have made the videos and by banning mobile phones so no future recording can occur.

Normally, courts dissolve political parties for wrongdoing, but the revelation of the taped conversations suggest the courts should be dissolved.

While the release of the videos appears to be a very well-planned attempt to discredit the court, it feeds into the stereotypical image of the Thai political world that is so depressing and boring to the average Thai.

It has also impacted the image of the judiciary. Previously the court was touted as an impartial force that could save the nation with its fair verdicts made according to the law. However, the videos have made them appear no different than other Thai seats of power--willing to wheel and deal for self interest while intently preserving their authority through legal threats.]

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