Who is in charge now? Earlier today, repulsive liar Deputy Prime Minister and disgraced former Interior Minister Suthep Thaugsuban claimed that the hugely redundant barricades would remain around the parliament at considerable expense because there was some possibility that pro-democracy supporters would invade the place (there isn’t any such possibility, obviously) but now the barricades are going down – no one is even arguing, so far as I can see, that the ‘grenade attacks’ represent a reason for the fences and all the money. Perhaps they just realised how ridiculous they looked, with thousands of jackboots ‘marking space,’ to borrow a Rafa Benitez-esque footballing phrase. Does dirty Abhisit get consulted about this kind of thing or do the puppet-masters just issue orders directly? Does he think he is in charge and issuing orders himself (ah, bless)? Meanwhile, hundreds or perhaps thousands of monks are joining the pro-democracy movement with a view to making this weekend’s demonstration the biggest since – well, last weekend’s protest were the biggest for 30 years, according to the BBC, despite all of the taxpayer money spent across the country setting up police roadblocks and attempting to intimidate people to stop them showing their feelings. Today, leading red-shirt pro-democracy leaders have been having their heads shaved to show their feelings – like the blood protest, this seems like a good way to put the demonstration on the front page of newspapers around the world and to demonstrate both a certain exoticism (inevitable when we are dealing with the Land of Smiles) and also the peacefulness of the demonstrations. There is certainly a stark contrast in the atmosphere in the city now, which is one of joyous anticipation, with the hate-filled lies and fear of violence when the fascist PAD mob was given licence to destroy the country’s reputation by certain people who it is not starting to become possible to name (although you can be sure I will not be leading the way).