BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has long complained of press criticism. But he sought to turn the tables Thursday with a new tactic - sounding a buzzer every time reporters ask questions he deems "not constructive."
To the surprise of journalists and colleagues alike, Thaksin raised a handheld buzzer - which displayed an "X" sign - from behind the podium to indicate his disapproval of some questions asked at the first in a new series of weekly news conferences.We really do need to pick something up from other nations' politics. Like the UK, or possibly India. Wouldn't it be great to see our boys in Washington actually cry foul the next time Bush addresses them to talk about how his taxcuts helped the working class? Or how well things are going in Iraq?