From Manager, August 9, 2011
Cartoon caption: The prospective education minister is interested in the subject of history.
The book he is reading is titled: The Russian Revolution and the Fall of the House of Romanov
Books to the left: The Last Emperor, Overthrowing Nepal’s Dynasty
[This is Apiwan Wiriyachai, Pheu Thai list MP, known for his comment comparing Thailand’s situation with the House of Romanov. This has been a common allusion to support the Thaksin cause since the People Power Party year in 2008 when Da Torpedo and others were allowed to use anti-monarchy rhetoric to create leverage for pro-Thaksin issues.
That such a person as Apiwan is being considered for Education Minister sparks outrage among those who feel revering the monarchy is a key Thai value.]