Being right at the moment in Singapore, I read with great interest Nick Cater’s “What did the British ever do for us?”. Every time I come here I am astonished how this place has changed – first time, 1975 – and how extraordinary it is. It is the Venice of the 21st century, a city state that also happens to be the world’s greatest trading nation.
Is this an Asian nation? Of course. But is this a nation that has built on its British traditions. You mean this English speaking, Parliamentary democracy, with independent judges and the rule of law? You mean this country that took its industrial relations system from Western Australia? Do you mean this country whose economy is run on the economic principles of John Stuart Mill?
They know their heritage and they are grateful for it. And they keep it in mind because they also know how easy it is to be blown off course by ignorance, stupidity and ill will.