The then American vice-president Spiro Agnew claimed to speak for the “silent majority” in 1969 after Richard Nixon won the 1968 presidential election, defeating the Democrat Hubert Humphrey. In Singapore, where there are no opinion polls, the “silent majority” defected to the opposition Workers’ Party in Punggol East – the second constituency lost by the ruling party – in a by-election last night.
The social media in Singapore has long been the playground of the young and the irreverent taking potshots at the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). But who knew the “aunties” and “uncles”, as the older folks are called, were going to act up, too? Some of them had to have voted for the opposition, too, for the Workers’ Party to win so big a victory. [Read more...]