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Who needs political parties?


Transition to non-partisan legislatures could create new loyalties more concerned with the public interest. Allegiances to temporary factions could replace adherence to traditional duopoly and control by major parties, reducing the efficiency of Westminster government. Political representatives, who are held to account by constituents at three or four year intervals, could have their independent voting behaviour scrutinized continuously by those they represent. Without being able to hide behind their parties, politicians would have to work harder to serve those who have elected them.

The political crime fiction novel ‘Presumed Dead’ is set in a political system where political party control over development in a city is challenged by popular reason and overcome.

Is a hung parliament democratic?


hung parliament is a term used in legislatures under the Westminster system to describe a situation in which no particular political party or pre-existing coalition has an absolute majority of members or seats.

Many Australians believe they bring huge problems to their country because in order to secure a majority coalition the major parties always have to do deals with small parties which involve agreeing to their inappropriate policies which most Australians don’t want. From the Australian perspective, coalitions are impractical and dangerous rather than a democratic dreamworld come true.

Hung parliaments are democratic. They reflect the breadth of views of the population. First past the post produces easy government, it is by no means democratic. The Party system is great for back seat passengers with nothing to offer. The answer might be to do away with the Party system all together and have individuals put up as independents.

The crime novel ‘Presumed Dead’ is set in a fictional hung parliament.


Why do we have political parties?

Edmund Burke (1730-1797) weakened representative democracy by arguing to have political parties oppose factions and for elected representatives to have no obligation to anyone except themselves.

Novel ‘Presumed Dead’ is a political crime fiction thriller that exposes parliamentary democracy to novel critical scrutiny.


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