Friday, August 19, 2011
When the daily sparring starts, the honeymoon is threatened
Premier Yingluck Shinawatra tried her very best yesterday to control her emotion. She has been trying to field all the questions with her scripted responses. But there was no way any standard answer could cope with all the questions, especially if they refer to the every move of Thaksin Shinawatra.
The daily "ambush interviews" are getting tougher. The questions have become more direct. And follow-up questions get more demanding.
She was first asked what her government had not alerted the public prosecutor's office to coordinate with the Japanese government to hand over "fugitve" Thaksin now that the foreign minister apparently knows where the former premier was.
The PM responded:
"All these activities are for concerned officials to take action on and today I don't have the policy to oversee all these...or the policy to do anything special about former PM Thaksin. All these must be up to the normal procedures...I will not get involved...and let everything follow the rules on the principle of equality of justice for everybody..."
Another reporter followed up with the question..."but the government could be seen as being negligent on the issue..."
Yingluck refused to answer that question. For a moment, she even forgot to sport her usual smile. Instead, she turned around and headed for the waiting elevator.
Is the honeymoon over?