Shadow Cabinet, When?


Gerald Giam brought this up about Gregory Hunt, a Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water from Australia who is visiting Singapore. Unfortunately for Singapore, there is not enough opposition in parliament to create a real shadow cabinet to rightly or wrongly challenge the existing policies of the various ministries. There are only 2 opposition MPs and one opposition NCMP, the consolation parliamentary prize given to the opposition. Why is this so? Simply because citizens did not vote in enough opposition.

Something else about our Westminster parliamentary roots that did not take root in Singapore. The quaint gracious official title of the opposition in the UK i.e. the losers of the last election, is “Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition”. The word “Loyal” is to remind parliament and the people that the opposition’s cabinet is a shadow one, not a shadowy one. This is also something that the PAP should drum into their heads.

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3 responses

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  2. Republic’s Loyal Opposition has a nice ring to it. Use a term long enough, and it will stick I guess…

    April 6, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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