13 Mar 2016 Another reason why people are losing trust in politics
Everybody in this country seems to agree that people are fastly losing trust in politicians due to a number of factors, including corruption telenovelas. Recent surveys show close to thirty percent of those polled trust none of the two main parties.
Another reason is this. In normal mature democracies dissenters are not only respected, tolerated, and considered as healthy for democracy. In Malta, unfortunately, they are disciplined and crucified.
If we really want to restore trust in politics, this is one of the main issues to be tackled, along with the others. Not only is Malta the only country with only two parties in Parliament, but the system is also geared to create and allow just yes-men.
With a population of some thirty thousand inhabitants San Marino has a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.
This is what happened in the House of Commons in the last legislature.
”. . . . And this Parliament follows from the most rebellious in post-war history.
Government MPs over the last five years voted against their party line in more than a third of Commons divisions (35 per cent).
That easily beat the previous record of 28 per cent, held by the Blair/Brown government from 2005-2010.
There were a total of 110 occasions during 2010-2015 when seven or more Conservative MPs voted against the party line.
Of the top seven most rebellious MPs in the last Parliament, all have been re-elected.” – The Telegraph 11 May 2015