Friday 19 January 2018

We need to explore the sort of society we leave to our children and grandchildren

Is it not time to consider how we weigh up the common good relative to the individual’s rights?
Is it not time to consider how we weigh up the common good relative to the individual’s rights?

Frances Ruane

Earlier this year there was very wide coverage in the Irish and international media of the death of Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister and 'Founding Father' of Singapore. The media focused on his success in building the economy of Singapore - causing it to grow at a pace many times faster than other economies in the region.

Today, many countries in Asia and elsewhere recognise the success of the 'Singapore model'.

Not all of the commentary has been favourable - some have argued that the cost of delivering a strongly rational economy with high average living standards involved the curtailment of personal freedoms. Inequality has grown rapidly in the past decade and the treatment of immigrants on temporary work permits has been widely criticised.

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