Many Western democracies are characterized by the alternation of power at the national level between two parties, one somewhat left of centre, the other somewhat right of centre. Thus, in the United States of America, you have the Republicans and the Democrats, in the United Kingdom the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, in Germany the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats. In each case, a two-party system has given the country and its politics stability and solidity. Having a strong party in Opposition has acted as a check on the party in government. It has been a spur to efficient governance, and a deterrent to corruption and the abuse of power.
May 26, 2018 00:00 IST