Party system detrimental to democracy ?

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  1. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    I think it is but then again i am somewhat an idealist.

    Majority of mp's have to toe the party line even if they dont agree with it. What is the use of voting on bills in parliament when ruling party will win the vote ? I think voting in parliament was conceived by the founding people and they thought every mp would vote on his own after thinking it through but thats not what happens.

    Moreover the conflict becomes party vs party rather than thinking in terms of national interest.
     
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  3. Bangalorean

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    But without parties, life would have been no fun, without all the Congress versus BJP fights.

    Parties should be there for entertainment.
     
  4. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    We think US Congress could do much more mischief if the Republicans and Democrats were not fighting each other.
     
  5. Iamanidiot

    Iamanidiot Elite Member Elite Member

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    Party system is essential for a sound democracy the only thing that must be done additionally is to encourage intra-party democracy in all parties
     
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    intra party democracy is the only thing that will bring dynasties to an end. Right now some parties are run like Private Limited Companies.
     
  7. Ray

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    On non policy and financial bills, one should allow voting as per one's conscience.
     
  8. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    I would go further and say it should be on all bills.
     
  9. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    These entertaining fights have a negative affect on the nation.

    Because of drama inside parliament no bills are being passed and most mp's are behaving like goons to please higher heirarchy in there respective parties. The lot of them should be taken out and beaten :frusty:
     
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    +1

    +10 filler.
     
  11. pmaitra

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    Some suggestions:
    • Each MP should be able to vote on his own conscience.
    • The President should be able to veto any bill that does not have the support of more than 65% of the strength of the house (not the quorum). This will ensure issues and their resolutions resonate across party lines.
    • There should be primaries in each party that is not currently part of the ruling government and the best candidates in each constituency should be there to challenge the incumbent MP, in a second round. That way, the winner gets more than 50% of the votes of those participating in the polls.
     

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