Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Let the Abhisit-Veera show begin!
PM Abhisit Vejjajiva being grilled on television by red-shirted core leader Veera Muksigapong on the premier's sunday programme?
No, it isn't just a wild rumour or wishful thinking on the part of some newsmen. PM's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey disclosed today that he had approached Veera to conduct that interview with the premier to show the government's readiness for national reconciliation. "And when I informed the prime minister about that move, he accepted it with a smile," Sathit said.
That, to me, is a brilliant public relations stunt. Veera doesn't even have to accept the invitation to make this gambit work. The fact that the approach has been made already gives the PM a positive image. It shows that he is ready to face some tough questions from Thaksin Shinawatr's No 1 assistant.
Veera has been placed in a difficult position. If he says No, he can't say the government hasn't given the opposition a chance. IF he says Yes, Veera can't afford to be seen to be soft on the PM.
Let the show begin!