4. (C) Fellow Privy Councilor ACM Siddhi, hosting Ambassador at
his home January 11, was more critical of Abhisit than Prem.
Siddhi said that he had told Abhisit's father, his own long-time personal
physician, that his son needed to be more decisive and
"make more friends" in 2010.
Abhisit spent too much time at the podium and not enough time assembling
an effective team to which he could delegate action and rely on for
well-thought out policy initiatives,
in Siddhi's view. Abhisit also needed to get out to engage the grassroots,
one of Thaksin's strengths. On Siddhi's wish list: Abhisit pushing through
a permanent appointment for Acting Police Chief Pratheep; using his
power over wayward coalition parties by threatening parliamentary
dissolution if they did not get in line; and telling the Army to take
action to dismiss renegade MGEN Khattiya, even if Defense Minister
Prawit refused to sign a dismissal order.