08 Apr '11, 12am

Our reader explains why a single political party can't represent all views. #SGelections

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong's argument that 'if the PAP can't assemble a second team, I don't think the opposition will find it easier' shows a misunderstanding of multi-party democracy ('Not enough talent for two A teams'; yesterday). It is not the job of the ruling party to assemble a second 'A team' - it is the opposition's. A two-party system is not about providing just two competent teams but also two different policy options. Voters would not simply want two 'A teams', each with similarly impressive credentials but from the same party and holding largely similar views. The point is to have two 'A teams' that represent different views and needs of constituents. The dialogue of these multiple viewpoints in Parliament is what refines national policy, ensuring all sectors of society have their interests considered. Scarcity of talent is a poor argument for not having ...

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