'Silence is golden". So goes the timeless old adage. Unfortunately though, Charupong Ruangsuwan, the interior minister and de jure Pheu Thai Party leader, appeared to have forgotten this bit of wisdom when he recently talked to The New York Times correspondent in Bangkok, Thomas Fuller, for an article about Thai politics and the role of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the government of his sister, Ms Yingluck.
Whether it was just a slip of the tongue or just pure innocence, Mr Charupong said something he should not have said in the first place, especially to a foreign journalist.
The following is one of Mr Charupong's quotes as it appeared in The New York Times article dated Jan 29 under the headline "In Thailand, Power Comes With Help From Skype":