What are political parties for?

 

Sir, – In the world today, why do we need political parties? We fund them. We watch their internal wranglings as if they were football teams. But why do we need them?

It’s not obvious that they serve any useful purpose at all. Not any more. Perhaps in the 18th century they did, but not nowadays. – Yours, etc,

HUGH SHEEHY,

Ballsbridge,

Dublin 4.