I like watching Right-wingers flip between saluting Singapore as an “Asian tiger” and squirming at its cramping nannyism. Lately, as this week's Economist reported, the city-state has been doing its best to persuade the rest of the World that the country that banned oral sex between consenting adults and the sale of the magazine Cosmopolitan is reforming. For example, you can now buy (sugar-free) chewing gum (if you register with a pharmacist first). And they are becoming more relaxed about homosexuality “after researchers found that cities with high concentrations of gay residents tend also to be centres of innovation”. Some restrictions on bungee-jumping and busking have also been eased.