Frank Apisa wrote:
Our nation...ANY democratic republic...needs a loyal opposition.
We cannot imagine a democratic political system - not only democratic republics! - without opposition.
"Loyal", well there's Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition
But the political, parliamentary opposition in a Westminster-based parliamentary system is different to what it is e.g. here in Germany (and most of Europe): the parliamentary opposition consists of those
political parties (sic!) that are represented in parliament, but not in government.
In the (widespread common) European model of democracy, the political opposition have substantial parliamentary representation, and within parliament wide opportunity for opposing and offering alternatives to the politics of the majority and the government. (For instance to offer political alternatives, to offer alternatives to the decisions proposed by the government and the majority representatives, to improve parliamentary decision-making procedures by ensuring debate, reflection and contradiction, to supervise and oversee the government and the [federal] administration, to enhance stability, legitimacy, accountability and transparency in the political processes.)