Although [Thaksin Shinawatra] has repeatedly claimed his reverence for the King, he has yet to explain why he often invokes His Majesty in the political context. And he offers no shred of evidence to link the Privy Council to the political feud. He is also obligated to explain why he counts as his top lieutenants such convicts and lese majeste suspects as Veera Musigapong and Jakrapob Penkair.

– Extracted from Avudh Panananda, “Ever the victim, Thaksin tries to explain his downfall“, The Nation, 23 March 2009.