The papers yesterday were rife with rumours that Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom is about to be booted out of cabinet because of the many shortcomings of the expensive, corruption-ridden rice-pledging scheme.
But that would punish the messenger who brings the bad news.
Mr Boonsong was merely doing his job, which was to carry out orders without question. There were many cries of alarm when the programme was first unveiled, for it opened the way to massive corruption _ consider the government's insistence that it reveal no details of the government-to-government sales which some believe may have never taken place.
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