Is Having a Strong Opposition Vital to a Healthy Democracy?

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Discuss the view that having a strong opposition is vital to a healthy democracy. (30 marks) The opposition is those parties that do not constitute the government; they are seen as an alternative government. They need to be brought up to date on all situations because as this alternative government they need to be able to step up to the plate when the current government seems unfit. But, are they vital for democracy today? They make a healthy democracy because human nature is competition, without it where would we be. The opposition often has a difficult decision to make because as a government in waiting they have to support the government on a piece of legislation, and in democracy the opposition is considered a necessary part of the legislative framework. I feel they also provide a strong healthy democracy for the UK because although they have the power they have a lot of frustration, they can only play what may seem a peripheral part in it. The frustration lies in the perception rather than the reality, they can influence legislation they chose whether to help or hinder its passage through parliament. In conclusion I feel that in certain situations the opposition has power and the Uk has a healthy democracy but, I feel that it isn’t fair. Political parties exist merely because humans would not be able to live without simple leadership. But, are they good for democracy, or are they just a way to lead a country. But, without them we wouldn’t have a democratic society, but with them are they good for democracy. Political parties are good for democracy because they are the source of our countries leaders. They produce people who through leading their party become worthy and talented in leading the country. If we didn’t have political parties then we would live in complete disorder because there would be no leader, no laws nothing. Political parties are good for democracy because they bring order and a system to what would be seen as total chaos. We have many...
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