Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Suthep as PM? Chuan says: Over lots of Democrats' dead bodies
The "real insider" has spoken. Chuan Leekpai, chairman of the Democrat Party's advisory board, was asked by reporters about speculation that Deputy PM Suthep Thuagsuban, also the party's secretary-general, plans to run in Surat Thani's by-election so that he can become a candidate for the premiership.
Chuan's razor tongue was immediately put to work:
"Suthep becoming prime minister? You will have to wait until the 2009 'Flu kills all members of the Democrat Party before you see that happening..."
How did Suthep react to that? He understandably showed great restraint. "Perhaps, Mr Chuan doesn't have too much faith in my ability. But then, I have no intention to vie for the premier's post anyway."
Within the inner circle of the Democrat Party, it's well-known that when the elderly Chuan speaks, everybody else just listens, and keeps any loud response to the minimum.