Deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has given the government the go-ahead to proceed with the planned referendum to rewrite the 2007 constitution in its entirety, according to Noppadon Pattama, Thaksin's legal adviser and close aide.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has won support for his proposal to alter the constitution bit-by-bit, but has failed to understand that what Thaksin Shinawatra wants, he will get from the government when it holds a charter referendum. Mr Chalerm believes a wholesale charter change will not win support from the people. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
So there should not be any lingering doubt in the mind of Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung about why his well-intended advice to the government to drop the referendum plan and to opt for section-by-section charter amendments was coldly shrugged off by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and right on down to Pheu Thai MPs and even the red-shirt leaders (except for a small minority).