Sunday, February 20, 2011
Try harder, Mingkwan!
Mingkwan Saengsuwan's maiden show as a debater on behalf of Pheau Thai Party earlier this week didn't impress some of his party members who gave him a "C" grade.
The former commerce minister himself insists he did fine during the debate on the Abhisit government's mid-year Budget session.
Who has the last laugh? None other than Chalerm Yoobamrung who had been saying all along that he should have been given the leading role in that debate.
But now that Mingkwan is leading the upcoming no-confidence debate (endorse by Thaksin Shinawatra himself, of course), the big test will be even more challenging.
Mingkwan will have to prove that he not only does his homework on the issues well but must also be able to produce the kind of rhetoric that Chalerm claims to have over him.
PM Abhisit, during the Budget debate, appeared to have been unperturbed by Mingkwan's questioning which didn't seem to have put a dent.
But who knows? Mingkwan, having used the first debate as a rehearsal, may surprise everybody with a first-rate performance in the House come the Big Debate.
I for one will be keeping a very close watch indeed.