Tough Love

Q: What degree of inequality do you think is tolerable in a society? Do you worry about the emergence of class wars? A:Put yourself in the position of running the government. And for 50 years I’ve tried to plough my way through. Didn’t succeed. You won’t convince me. Whether I convince you or not isContinue reading “Tough Love”


In implementation, our approach must be more flexible, thoughtful and compassionate. No policy can cover all contingencies. Hence policies must be carried out with judgment, and with heart. Policies are meant to make our lives better. When they have unintended consequences, we should put things right promptly. When we make mistakes, we must admit andContinue reading “Heart”


There is no need for arms, physical violence, material constraints. Just a gaze. An inspecting gaze, a gaze which each individual under its weight will end by interiorising to the point that he is his own overseer, each individual thus exercising this surveillance over, and against, himself. A superb formula: power exercised continuously and forContinue reading “Discourse”


St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Singapore leg – was a wet one. For the 10 hours we we were out on Fort Canning Green, it rained, non-stop. Initially, it was just a slippery slope. By the end of the night, it was mud-sliding action. No photos by then. Too messy. I reckon Singaporeans require someContinue reading “Rainway”

Imogen Heap Live in Singapore, 29 March 2010, Esplanade

the night: az 1 synth, wine glasses, joystick, sing-alongs, loops, loops, the stage a playground, lights in the trees and birds fly by, you, could have eaten a little of my fish. the highlight: hanging out backstage with imogen, while she had her wine and kit kat. Imogen Heap is an artiste you want to seeContinue reading “Imogen Heap Live in Singapore, 29 March 2010, Esplanade”