Reading the news today that a new scheme of fines will be introduced to tackle the problem of people throwing litter from cars, I can only echo the words of a tee-shirt I once saw (and should have bought) in Singapore, which read, “Singapore: It’s a fine city”, followed by a list of all the things you could be fined for.
Back when those fines were being introduced, Singapore could realistically have been described as a benign dictatorship - a third world country being pulled up by its bootstraps. In those days, we were what they wanted to become. How ironic, then, that both of us seem to be succeeding in becoming like one another by travelling in opposite directions.
“Britain: It's a fine country!”
Revd John P Richardson
12 April 2008
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