Regarding the analysis on the front page of yesterday's Bangkok Post, ''Reshuffle shows Big Four's clout'', I see things a bit differently. The reshuffle is a pure declaration from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that she alone is in charge, and she should be lauded for doing what is right.
First, not giving a ministerial post to red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan is a sure step toward national reconciliation. Second, retaining the two ministers of finance and trade in spite of the displeasure of Thaksin's old guard is indicative of the PM's independence and courage. She is not afraid to let the ministers face the opposition's censure attacks. Third, as for the members of the old guard who were chosen, it was obviously because of their expertise and reasonable integrity, and not because big brother said so. Fourth, dropped ministers were previous appointees of Thaksin and some were of dubious character. It is a good opportunity to get rid of them.
In sum, Ms Yingluck has shown she is no puppet for Thaksin to play with. The Shinawatra clan is apparently no longer so united and there will likely be fewer Pheu Thai MPs visiting Hong Kong.