It was almost three years ago the headline for this column read: "There could be a lady waiting in the wings." It marked the first indication, however unlikely it seemed at the time, that Yingluck Shinawatra could possibly become the next prime minister, which for Thailand was stepping into unknown territory.
Three months later it was confirmed, the headline reading: "A ‘Madam PM’, who’d have thought it?" Her appointment immediately prompted references to Margaret Thatcher which was all a bit silly. After all, she didn’t exactly resemble the "Iron Lady" or "Attila the Hen".
It was akin to being thrown in at the deep end. One suspects that little did Ms Yingluck realise quite what she was letting herself in for, moving into the murky world of politicians who will happily tell you one thing before doing the exact opposite. And I bet nobody told Ms Yingluck that in the following months she would be getting her feet wet on a regular basis.