'Poison tree, poison fruit". That was the reason used by the ruling Pheu Thai Party and its supporters, including the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), to justify their attempt to have the current constitution, deemed as a legacy of the 2006 coup makers, completely rewritten or to have just some of the sections amended depending on the mood of the public toward either of the two options.
While the public mood has yet to be gauged in a planned referendum and various public forums, the government has played safe and is treading the treacherous path cautiously and slowly _ to the chagrin of some hothead party members and red-shirt leaders.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra recently made clear that the charter rewrite or change process was not a top priority of her government and the process could drag on until next year. That is indeed a wise move because the issue is politically explosive and could destabilise her administration. So why stoke the fire?
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