23 Apr '11, 1am

Importance of parties should not be overlooked

Importance of parties should not be overlooked

Beg to differ on three counts. Prior to the publishing of its GE2011 manifesto, the Workers’ Party credo, in my impression, was an ambivalent one, somewhere between a rock and a hard place. I believe this resulted in a wave of exodus from the party after the 06′ campaign – Goh Meng Seng, James Gomez, Chia Ti Lik, to name a few. Sure, new members have now made up the numbers, but did they do so on basis of the party’s ambivalent principles, or because of its public perception that it is the party most unlikely to be targeted by the PAP, as opposed to the lightning rod that is the SDP? Secondly, I think you give both WP and SDP wee too much credit for candidate selection. The truth is – we live in a electoral system where the there are simply not enough opposition candidates. Which other democracy in the world has this problem? Every opposition party would openly welcome wil...

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