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MOBIUS
05-07-2011, 14:44:19
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/04/pass-notes-yingluck-shinawatra

Pass notes No 3,003: Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand's first female prime minister looks like an easy-to-forget ex-Apprentice contestant

Age: 44.

Appearance: attractive but ultimately unmemorable ex-Apprentice contestant.

You're right. I don't remember her at all. What was her thing? She was managing director of her own communications business.

They all say that. What's she done lately? She has just been elected Thailand's first female prime minister.

Not bad. They usually end up on Channel 5. She's not actually off the Apprentice. She's the head of the Puea Thai party, which won a huge majority in recent elections.

Can you give me a precis of her political career to date? I pretty much already have. She entered politics only six weeks ago.

What are her qualifications for office? She's the sister of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

I see how it works. I very much doubt that. Thaksin, though ousted in a military coup in 2006, is still very popular in Thailand.

So why didn't he just run himself? Because he's living in self-imposed exile in Dubai, having been convicted in absentia of abuses of power in 2008.

I've never been interested in Thai politics, yet the man's name is strangely familiar to me. Am I smarter than I think I am? You probably know him better as the owner albeit briefly of Manchester City. He bought the club in 2007 and sold it in 2008, for a reported 200m.

How does the sister manage to distance herself from her controversial brother? She doesn't. The Puea Thai party, set up by Thaksin, campaigned with the slogan "Thaksin thinks Puea Thai does".

I'm confused. Are the Shinawatras the good guys or the bad guys? Hard to say. Thaksin is popular with the poor rural majority, who believe he acted in their interests, but his government was dogged by accusations of corruption, nepotism and human rights violations. For the time being, the opposition and the army are minded to accept the election result.

Do say: "The people of Thailand have spoken, and they have overwhelmingly chosen an exiled billionaire's sister."

Don't say: "You're fired."

That could be a new series: Running Thailand Apprentice style... :D

MOBIUS
05-07-2011, 14:45:29
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/04/pass-notes-yingluck-shinawatra



That could be a new series: Running Thailand Apprentice style... :D

God, it's scary when you put democracy in the wrong hands!

MDA
05-07-2011, 15:06:48
you mean in the hands of a malleable uneducated public? :)

Dyl Ulenspiegel
05-07-2011, 15:14:39
Who had the stupid idea of giving the peasants the right to vote?

MDA
05-07-2011, 16:09:19
the same guy that realized the peasants were preparing his food

Dyl Ulenspiegel
05-07-2011, 19:15:14
Cooks should vote, but not peasants.

Cheshire Cat
06-07-2011, 11:37:17
can they cook pheasants?

Venom
06-07-2011, 12:12:07
The less people know about you, the more they like you.

MDA
06-07-2011, 13:05:37
the more they know, the more unpeasant

Oerdin
06-07-2011, 17:40:28
I've never had an unpleasant pheasant but I hear peasants are frequently unpleasant.

MOBIUS
10-07-2011, 22:16:28
I'm not a pheasant plucker, I'm a pheasant plucker's son. I'm only plucking pheasants until the pheasant plucker comes.

Repeat.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
11-07-2011, 06:38:31
To the tune of the lumberjack song.