May 1, 2006
I can’t be sure if Reuters writers are inspired by this blog (because let’s face it, this is at least of Reuters standard if not more) but this was an entry I found from a Channelnewsasia site.
“When one local journalist with Reuters remarked that in other First World countries, voters would be offended by the “pork-barrel politics” of the upgrading carrot, Mr Lee said that sounded like “an ignorant voter, an ignorant WP candidate”.”
When in doubt, attack the voter, not the policy…I’m not sure how many would agree but I’m inclined to think the GOP and the Singapore Ruling Party are getting way too similar. Imagine:
“It’s un-American for Americans to suggest we withdraw troops from Iraq.”
“It’s ignorant for Singaporeans to suggest that they will be turned off by pork-barrel politics.”
Hmmmmmmm. Link here.
April 27, 2006
So, in spite of myself, I find it hard not to comment on the local politics scene here. Apparently, the PAP has not been returned to power on Nomination Day and now we are expecting to have a fight.
For those of you who are old enough to remember, let us join our hands in prayer to ask for an election that’s free of chikus, defamation lawsuits, abalone porridge and pork-barrel politics. Since we’re asking for the impossible, might I also suggest (dare I say it?)…world peace?
Politics. Love it and loathe it.
April 23, 2006
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So, I was reading The Economist (yeah, that's what happens between finishing your exams and starting work) and there was an article about the state of politics in the USA (no, I will not be drawn into commenting on the upcoming elections in Singapore). There was a comment coming from Barack Obama, a senator who really drew a fair bit of respect based on his wit and from what little I know of him, so I'll reproduce what he said about the Democratic Party.
"You hear this constant refrain from our critics that Democrats don't stand for anything. That's really unfair. We do stand for anything."
Quite witty, if I might say so myself.
March 15, 2006
…that in political science, a cleavage is “a social division which is politically relevant or salient”?
I couldn’t have put it better myself.