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Taking a stand against denial

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra needs to address a serious problem right away and show that she is actually the leader of the Pheu Thai political party. 

Hotheads within the party have demanded that Pheu Thai and the government denounce the Truth for Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and last week's final report. The demands are led by apparently impetuous MPs, who have been swayed by red shirts who support the party. Ms Yingluck should urgently cool these hotheads and explain to the red shirts what exactly she thinks "reconciliation" means.

It is unfortunate and sad that virtually every group and individual in the final report of the TRC turned immediately to denial. Former attorney-general Kanit na Nakorn and staff have perhaps performed the most thankless task in recent Thai history. Ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva, who appointed the TRC, spent the days after the report defending his own actions. Ms Yingluck, whose government would certainly benefit from a close read of the report, seemed airily dismissive of the entire document.

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