Friday, March 20, 2009
Not exactly a big yawn
PM Abhisit Vejjajiva didn't really fall asleep during yesterday's censure debate against him. In fact, he put up a fierce counter-attack. Polls say his main rival, opposition leader Chalerm Yoobamrung, didn't really deliver a knock-out blow. Instead, what stole the headlines in the local newspapers this morning was the foul language used and the "middle-finger" gesture by an opposition MP.
Abac Poll said 34% of the respondents thought Chalerm's attack against the PM was credible while 62% tended to think Abhisit was more credible in his counter arguments.
To be fair though, Chalerm did produce 27 copies of the cheques used in the mysterious transfers of Bt258million from TPI to the Democrat Party. Abhisit himself might have been able to detach himself from the case because he was a deputy leader, not the main character, then. But the evidence produced by the opposition did tarnish the Democrat Party's overall image. The debate, while not fatal, would certainly leave a scar or two.
I am closely following today's debate that will focus on Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. The first day's showdown came to an end at around 1.30 am and will resume at 9.00 this morning.
Stay tuned and get my latest thoughts on the debate in this blog.