Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Newin quitting politics? He must be kidding...
He is the de facto leader of Bhumjaithai Party, a crucial faction in the Abhisit coalition government. He pulls strings from behind. He makes most of the important decisions for his party. And now, he says it's time for him to quit politics.
Of course, you have to take it with a grain of salt -- and you have to read very carefully between the lines. Newin Chidchob said he would not accept a political post when his five-year ban from politics ends in 2012.
He was quoted as saying: "I will neither enter politics to contest the next general election nor accept any political executive or ministerial position."
But then Newin also added that he would back anyone who he thought was suitable to become premier.
Backing someone to become prime minister isn't playing politics, right?
But haven't we heard that it's always his ambition to become prime minister one day?
Newin told reporters he wasn't suitable for that post, at least for now.
"If you don't know yourself first, how can you know others?" he said.