11/17/2008

Enshrining a one party system

Shall we enshrine our one party political system into our constitution? There are views that a two party adversarial system is not good for us. According to who and who shall determine what is good and bad for us? Maybe I should ask who is the 'us'? And there is also this view that we don't have enough talents to run two good political parties. Really, we are so short of political talents? In the artificiality of our existing system, politicians can be created by drawing them out from a hat. And you can draw out as many as you want. There cannot be any shortage of political talents using this method. If our political system should only have one party, why waste the time of having so many political party registered? Or can we have a strong Workers Party or a New party with strong and able candidates? Or one party dominance system means only THE PARTY and nothing else can do? Definitely a one party system does not mean a Workers Party govt or any party govt.

9 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

Hey, you forget:

The People Get The Government They Deserve

The one party system is the result of POPULAR CHOICE, not by "manipulations" of LKY — hammering opposition etc. Political manipulation goes on wherever there is politics — even in your own private organisations. When there is a tussle for power, character assassination and "dirty tricks" are part of the game.

The point is: for a political party to have longevity, they must be supported throughout the years by THE MAJORITY.

One for time, to nail a point I'm guilty of repeating over and again:

The People Get The Government They Deserve

redbean said...

it is ok when you get the best govt in the world. a bit expensive though.

Anonymous said...

I agree that for longevity they must be supported throughout the years by the majority. Even dynasties of few hundred years fall when the support goes, so it will be left to be seen how they are going to invent themselves to hold on to that kind of support. Communisim, too, cannot exist indefinitely without majority support.

Anonymous said...

nothing lasts forever meanwhile suck it and bear it.

redbean said...

when the end comes, it will be swift.

Matilah_Singapura said...

On the contrary. You only have to look at history. States don't fail "overnight".

The end will come slowly and through most of its course — painlessly, while the people continue believing the myths their lives are safe and secure, and their govt will "help them".

When it the pain becomes noticeable, it will then be too late to change anything.

That's when I start planning my party and start sending out invitations :)

Anonymous said...

In History,no political party, dynasty or kingdom can last ever.
The longest dynasty was the Han or Tang, it lasted about 400+ years. This was a period where news take months or years to travel. In this modern age, information travel with a click of a mouse so we may never see such long kingdom or dynastry anymore.
If Singapore cannot have the resilience to afford a political change, then this nation is fated to perish when the current party fails.

Anonymous said...

Even the Roman empire lasting 1000 years fall, MIWs are doing the impossible, defying history. Maybe the oracle of Oxley isn't that wise after all.

redbean said...

100 years should be good enough for me.