As one who has spent his adult life teaching and writing about government, and attempting to persuade cynical friends and acquaintances that most politicians are decent folks trying to do an honourable job, events over the past few days have been deeply discouraging.
I used to tell students in my government courses that I was a strong believer in the two party system – one on Friday night and one on Saturday night! It appears that I will once again have to defend the party system in light of a recent flurry of reports and comments praising the virtues of a system made up of independent MPs.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.