Tuesday, September 9, 2008

At Least He Can Cook

The Prime Minister of Thailand has big problems.

Thailand's Constitutional Court Tuesday fired the country's prime minister, Samak Sundaravej, for violating the constitution by hosting a TV cooking show while in office.

Ministers are barred from working for private companies, and Samak's opponents filed the case hoping that a conviction will compel him to step down.

Samak appeared in court Monday, and argued that he had not violated any rules.
His work for the television company, he said, was as a freelancer and not an employee.

I like the name of the show.

The 73-year-old Samak continued to appear sporadically on the show "Tasting while Grumbling" after he became prime minister in February. On the show, he served up personal favorites and dished on topics that struck his fancy.

He can add this trouble to his list.

Samak was already facing charges of corruption, appealing a three-year prison sentence for defaming a deputy governor and dealing with an election commission decision last week that his party committed electoral fraud in the December elections and should be dissolved.
In addition, thousands of protesters have camped outside the Government House, the government's headquarters -- blocking Samak from entering since August 26. The protesters are demanding that Samak step down. They accuse him of being a proxy for his ousted predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra.


Dale said...

Mike, what are the chances that we can get Bush and Cheney to host a cooking show?

Would it work here?

Mike said...

dale, I can imagine a hunting/fishing/shooting-the- breeze-in-a-bar type of show for those two. Bush likes to yak about sports and Cheney likes to discharge firearms at whatever passes in front of him. They could do it here in South Dakota; Cheney has hunted at a lodge north of Pierre every year he's been Vice-President.