Little design, lots of politics: Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has recently declared his state is going to boldly go where no one has gone before: into the future. All 180,000 Samoans will, very soon, be skipping an entire day, effectively traveling through time. Probably, there will be no December 31st 2011 in Samoa. Ever. Twenty-four hours. Gone.
Strangely disappointing though, the underlying reasons are quite mundane (synchronizing with Australia and New Zealand will improve trade) and, admittedly, Samoa did celebrate the 4th of July twice a few decades ago so the country does have a day to spare anyway. Back to the future it is, indeed.
This, by the way, is not the first time the PM-with-the-unpronounceable-name (who also is Samoa’s second-best archer) has proposed bold moves to improve Samoa’s trade position: in 2009, he moved traffic from the right side of the road to the left, a decision which spawned a new political party against the change, and the countries’ largest public protests ever. A brave move, indeed – one no country had made for the past 40 years.