The commentators 24-03-15
The Singapore model has been one of a kind based on a combination of historical circumstances and the leadership of a man with a vision for his state who knew how to achieve what he wanted. The question now is whether that model is going to prove fallible after the passing of its founder, whatever the admiration it arouses elsewhere.
- Jonathan Fenby, Daily Telegraph
The leaders of Singapore are aware of the big lesson of history: small city-states rarely survive a century or more. Rather than assuming that Singapore has arrived and can therefore afford to coast on autopilot, the leaders expect, and are bracing themselves, for new challenges. Constant vigilance was a hallmark of Mr Lee’s personality. It is the trait he has embedded in Singapore - Kishore Mahbubani, Financial Times
Singapore’s success has been a beacon to other maritime entities like Qatar and Abu Dhabi: proof that pocket size plus strategic location is potentially a recipe for post-colonial success, if shrewdly (and undemocratically) managed. If those statelets also share with Singapore a certain deracinated dullness, a lack of genuine cultural vigour – compared with dynamic, rackety Hong Kong, Singapore was always a bore – that is probably part of the package.
- Peter Popham, The Independent
Our own leaders would be far better employed taking guided tours of Singapore for the next six weeks than mouthing nothings on the hustings.
- Max Hastings, Daily Mail
The acquittal of four senior Sun journalists who paid contacts for tips is a cause for celebration in our community. We are appalled at what they and their families were put through for doing their jobs – but we should not forget that the evidence against them came from the employer they sought to serve.
- Whistle-blowing and the Press
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