In a HARDtalk interview broadcast on 8 April 2009, Zeinab Badawi talks to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Here is a rundown:
Thaksin should be brought to justice because he believes "all Thais are equal." We know that is a lie.
New elections. He says he can win if held today, which is probably a lie. The last thing Abhisit wants is a new election. He knows that this period now is the only window that the Democrats have to govern. If all things being equal, I think if there was a Abhisit/Thaksin electoral face-off, the Democrats would lose heavily.
The Democrats and the army. He denies the army paved the way for his selection.
The PAD. He says he condemned the PAD and their activities. I threw up in my mouth a little when he said that. He whitewashed Kasit's crimes.
Economic stimulus. He always tried to bring the talk back to his economic program.
Free trade and protectionism. Why Abhisit gets away with his phony "free trade" talk I will never know. Thailand is a protectionist country, not a free trade country, and he knows it.
The refugee problem. He put a stop to the army's excesses and a fact finding mission, made up of the army of course, found no wrong doing. She brought up an EU report on the Rohingya that I never heard about.
Nothing on the monarchy.
I think he did a fair job spinning. Same lines he spews everywhere else. He stayed with the script.
I think the lie that disturbs me the most is his assertion that he came to power fair and square, and it had nothing to do with the PAD, the army, or any other shenanigans.