FERGUS FINLAY: Democracy is suffering for the lack of a robust, combative opposition

We're holding the government to account. We’re only acting in the national interest. There’s a need for a bipartisan approach. How often do we hear those phrases nowadays?

They have become a substitute for real politics, and they’re a large part of the reason why the centre of democratic politics is being hollowed out.

There’s seldom been a time in the world, or the bit we know anyway, when active political opposition mattered so much. Or was so uselessly invisible.

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