This was spotted in today's edition of The Sun:
Bankok: A Thai transvestite with an excellent record for community service has been appointed district chief of a village in Samut Prakan province despite his cross-dressing tendencies.
Choochat Dulayapraphatsorn, 46, defeated three other more traditionally male candidates in a local election for district chief of Tai Ban mai village in Samut Prakan, 30kn north of Bangkok.
Although a self-confesses cross-dresser who goes by the name of "Jae Kob" or "Sister Kob" when in drag, Choochat said he won the election because of his long record of community service, including crime prevention, catching pythons that have slipped into people's houses and vaccinating pet dogs against rabies. (!!!)
"I'm confident that every one here loves and accepts me," Choochat told the Bangkok Post.
Dear FFS regulars, compare the above with our own elected rep - Bung Mokthar. Our MP from Kinabatangan is only useful in making the wrong headlines & not much else (in case you haven't heard, Mr Bung was caught on TV showing opposition MPs a rude gesture). The Thai rep fooking wrestles with pythons la, fer fook's sake!
ps: Pix is not Choochat but me has a strange feeling that dear old Choochat has similarly "striking", ahem, features, which would go a long way towards explaining the electoral success, python wrestling notwithstanding . . .