So, off to Singapore, "the world's top-ranked economy for ease of doing business" (World Bank) to check out how the mighty C@W is faring in Asia, and whether Henry Porter is correct when he writes:
"we are going to find it much more difficult to face the world. The riots will be at the back of our minds for years to come and we will wear their shame for a very long time"
Actually of course my hosts (all Chinese) are far too polite to do anything more than ask some concerned questions; though the Straits Times helpfully notes that they, of course, retain corporal punishment for such occasions. Oh, and capital punishment. In return, I don't mention that in his first National Day address on TV, their new Prime Minister seemed a little nervous about whether Singapore can maintain its enviable successes for the future and promised, guess what ? ... new measures to curb unskilled immigration. S'porean jobs for S'porean workers, then. Still, we have to admit he's got a better starting-point than our own new-ish PM.
In the wake of Norway, Syria and of course Croydon, I wonder which world leader rests easy in his or her bed. Hosni Mubarak looks jolly uncomfortable in his. In my travels I am told that the lesson third-world leaders are taking from his plight and that of Gaddafi, is - ignore the West and do what you have to. (Singapore, lest I be misunderstood, is decidedly not third-world.) Then again, how many lectures will they be getting from Cameron any time soon ?
Anyhow, I am glad to report that the Asian edition of C@W is going down very well. This may have something to do with the ads we are running in our sidebar - see below. Stick to business, eh ?