Chewy issue

In these uncertain times, it’s a great comfort that some things will not change. One of these is Singapore’s ban on the import, sale and use of chewing gum. The government there has announced that this ban will remain in place. The ban was originally introduced in 1992, though for some time before that Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had indicated his intention of addressing what he considered were the public tidiness and health issues arising from its widespread use.

Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson is said to have remarked of Gerald Ford (who later became President) that he was ‘so dumb he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time’. For anybody so afflicted, Singapore is the place.

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