Times change. But old political tactics never die. What really happened days before Pheu Thai Party chief Yongyuth Wichaidit's decision to step down from the cabinet substantiates this point.
Starting today, Mr Yongyuth is an ex-deputy prime minister and ex-interior minister. What will happen next for the ruling party is not that difficult to predict. In fact, it already began last Tuesday when Thepphanom Namlee, leader of the red shirts in Surin travelled to meet the Election Commission in Bangkok.
Mr Thepphanom and his supporters looked worried about Pheu Thai's future if the party chief did not give up his posts both in the party and the cabinet. Mr Yongyuth showed no sign of stepping down at that time, and that prompted the group of United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship members in the northeastern province to turn to the EC.