Come November, the political temperature is likely to reach boiling point _ if not breaking point. The war drums which were earlier sounded by various political groups opposed to the revised amnesty bill will soon be replaced by real action - mass protests, as threatened.
Confrontations between the government and the red-shirt movement on the one side and their opponents on the other seem unavoidable, unless the former backs down from its plan for a blanket amnesty for political offences.
But there is no sign the government will take a step backward to spare itself an unnecessary showdown. It seems that the "boss" is ready to face any consequences. And if worst comes to worst, the government will just dissolve the parliament and call a snap election.