Where next for the spiv state?

Just as with Nelson Mandela, with whom inevitable comparisons are made, I am amazed how the Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi has retained such beauty, balance and serenity through the long years of incarceration under the iron rule of a military dictatorship.

So where next for the spiv state, which for decades has denied the people of Burma their democratic voice, milking the country’s resources for its own ends, and those of friendly regimes such as government of the People’s Republic of China?

The demands on Aung San and her National League for Democracy will now be immense. I’m sure they will rise to the challenge, but first I hope Aung San is given a chance to spend quality time with her family, and be physically if symbolically reunited with her late husband Michael Aris, who died of cancer in 1999, denied by the Burmese generals permission to spend the last days of his life in Burma, in the arms of his beloved wife and children.