Image boosters – Democrats vs PTP

The Banker magazine gives Finance Minister of the Year award to Democrat’s Korn.

They list a lot of his achievements during last year and praise him for having visions and instituting reforms and so on.

He must be doing something right.

PTP, on the other hand, had a panel discussion at a hotel with Thaksin speaking via video link. What is unusual, though, is that the meeting was organized by a group of young people from hi-so families which joined PTP last year.

That’s just what PTP needs in addition to a collection of retired generals – hi-so children. I can’t think of any more inappropriate group to join this “party for the poor”. They already have Chalerm, now they are getting his children, too? Did they sign up Kanpitak, beauty queen son who mowed a poor woman with his Benz at a bus stop because he was angry?

To be fair, the hi-so kids are mentioned only in the paper Nation, no sign of them anywhere in the Internet edition and nothing about them on Bangkok Post website either.

They are mentioned twice on the front page, though, in a caption under the photo from the meeting and in a short column on Thaksin’s latest speech.

Perhaps The Nation’s journos covering the event got his facts wrong and Nation was forced to take it down from their website. Pity, could have been a great story.

They could have been sponsors, not organizers, or maybe they could have been participants, or maybe they were guests and it’s not them but their families that joined PTP last year – the wording is confusing.

Let’s see if it becomes clearer in the coming days.

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