It came as no great surprise when news of an imminent cabinet shakeup broke last week that some ministers, among them Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Science and Technology Minister Woravat Au-apinyakul and Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwannatat, would be axed from the line-up. The verdict was that they had failed the test.
But many eyebrows were raised when it was speculated that Chalerm Yubamrung would lose his job as deputy prime minister and would be appointed the new labour minister.
Many wondered how a man who has unashamedly declared himself a servant of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and who publicly vowed to bring the fugitive home from exile this year could be treated in such an insulting manner. What went wrong with the master-servant relationship of Thaksin and Chalerm?