Daily Archives: September 9, 2008

Gideon Rachman

I love Thailand. In many ways it is a serious country: a dynamic economy, a big power in South-East Asia, an important tourist destination. Yet there is a deep vein of sillyness in the country’s public life that makes it a great source of entertainment.

Only in Thailand, I think, would a prime minister lose his job for making guest appearances on a television cookery programme. Who knows whether the dismissal of Samak Sundaravej will resolve the country’s political crisis? But the reason for his downfall is delightfully original. 

Gideon Rachman

In May of this year a close aide to President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia visited me in London. He complained about Russian provocation: the next time a Russian military plane violated Georgian airspace, he said, the Georgians would shoot it down. He added that the Georgian government had informed the US of its intentions and had been given the go-ahead.