Masters and servants


Leave it to Filipino politicians to miss the point and to say the patriotic thing when Filipinos are insulted, or seem to have been insulted.

It doesn’t matter where the insult or seeming insult came from. Whether from a respected and much awarded writer like the US magazine Atlantic’s James Fallows, or some hack in Hongkong — where, despite decolonization, the English- language newspapers are still edited by US, British, Australian and New Zealand expatriates — the country’s pols will react in the same way and practically in the same terms.

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