Pre-University (CIE) Comparative Government: Specimen Questions with Answers 35 - 35 of 53

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‘Her Majesty’s opposition is an integral and indispensable part of the British constitution’. Discuss.

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  • Assessment of the British constitutional system would be incomplete without describing the rule of Her Majesty’s opposition. The opposition in England is as organized as the government itself. The leader of the opposition gets an annual salary, Charged on the consolidated fund, he has the room in the same corridor as those of the ministers. He stands side by side of the Prime Minister, when the monarch opens the parliament.

  • He is justly described as Her Majesty’s opposition he is the alternative Prime Minister. The existence of the organized and officially recognized opposition is almost peculiar to Great Britain. Her Majesty’s opposition in England plays an important role in the actual administration of England.

  • It keeps the government always on toes and thus on the right track. The opposition criticizes arbitraric acts of the British government and exposes its infirmities. In times of national crisis it always cooperates with the government.

  • In fact the parties are agreed on certain fundamentals. The government does not go off the rails due to the constructive and sound criticism of the opposition in the parliament.

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