I’ve got a half-written post in the drafts folder on this subject – it’s not ready to see the light of day yet.
But looking at a post on the blog of Tom Harris MP about the need for political parties, I can’t resist recalling the late great Bernard Crick’s favourite Goebbells quote:
“Political parties exist to perpetuate problems. We exist to solve them.”
It was perhaps the choice that Crick is remembered for most – his decision to defend politics, instead of democracy (“two cheers for democracy”) – and in a sensible world, it would be almost illegal to comment on political and constitutional issues without having read ‘In Defence of Politics‘ first.