Public memory is short. That's what the PAP is counting on to get through the economic difficulties that we're rapidly sinking into. But forgetting the past is what will surely prolong our troubles. The painful truth is that the outlook for this country has never been bleaker and, the PM's blandishments notwithstanding, things will get worse under the PAP's autocratic but directionless leadership. Many analysts have, in fact, expressed the fear that the current downturn will be protracted. After a decade-and-a-half of the PAP's experiment, the results are in and it is plain that Mr Lee's attempt at economic restructuring has failed. The reasons are not hard to evince.