I've got nothing against the Singapore Flyer.
If tourists want to spend good money to move at speeds of 1km a week to watch construction workers widen the ECP, then good luck to them.
Although they could simply crawl on their hands and knees past any construction site for that experience - but again, it's their prerogative.
But the Singapore Flyer has a national role to play - beyond that of making parties of tourists look like they're all trapped in slow-motion goldfish bowls.
The real reason for it is to let us know when the haze is back. It's our modern barometer for crap weather.
Earlier this week, the haze returned. We knew this because photos of a hazy Singapore Flyer appeared across the media.
That was our confirmation.
If that big wheel wasn't cloaked in fog, we weren't buying the reports. As far as we're concerned, the haze isn't the haze unless the Flyer is covered.