Of politics and General Elections

Really, I have no idea what might be more fascinating for us modern ‘Gen Y’ Singaporeans, blessed with a modern, wide-ranging, education that forcibly exposes us to the sundry things of the world, even as we are surely not worldly; the British General Election, or a GE in Singapore. More pertinently, perhaps, is what ought to be more fascinating.

On the one hand, we have an election in a once great global superpower, which still clings to some little influence in world affairs of peace, finance, and diplomacy. Yet, the nation’s best boast now is probably its cultural heritage and reach across time and geography. So, how much should we care about an election we can’t vote in, in a country going not-so-gently into the good night?

How much, in comparison to an election in the nation of your birth, which, small as it is, doubtless owns some special place in your heart? An election in which the results should, and could, affect your lifestyle and the way you live, in small, or perhaps, not-so-small ways? And, an election in which  (more-or-less forgone result aside) the process could have implications for the political health of the nation in which you live?

This article, nonetheless, ought to be of some relevance. It must, however, be conceded that the author does seem to be complaining and voicing what he (wrongly?) believes to be public sentiment with possibly insufficient data. Some of the arguments and conclusions might be iffy, but certainly, on the issue of the point of an election, I’d say he is quite accurate.


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