I'd stay away from the official sites and their policy lists - it's far too confusing.
(Original post by IceCool)
Basically i'm a student and 18 years old. I don't know too much about politics and find it really hard to decide which party i support. How do i get into politics? And how do i decide which party i support? I read all the policies of each party however they all say the same thing!
I'd say the best thing to do is read newspapers - (just go on their sites and read opinion columns, as this is where a lot of the politics related views are). The Guardian tends to hold Labour/Lib Dem views, the Independent is probably slightly left leaning (Labour/Lib dem on a lot of issues, although some Tory), and the Times (which because of a stupid paywall is pretty unaccessible, is Tory) and the Telegraph is very much Conservative too. Read a few opinion articles from each site (often, there will be a piece about the same issue, but the view will be different) and see which you find yourself agreeing with.
Watching prime ministers questions is also quite interesting, although Question Time and Newsnight on BBC in the evening often brings up opposing views.
Last edited by FDR; 11-05-2012 at 00:05.
Sorry but this a poor and oversimplified version of British politics.
(Original post by Harolinho)
Dude, here's the low down:
Tories: Tend to support higher earners and the middle - upper class.
Labour: Generally support working - middle classes. Rights to workers etc.
Lib Dem: Meant to lie in between the two, irl lie with cameron.
UKIP: Further right than Tories, kind of angry at everything, tight on imigration etc.
BNP: Further right still than UKIP, xenophobic, sometimes compared to the Nazi party.
Green: Eco dudes. All about the fumes (of all kinds!)
Ultimately, decide what's important to you and see who best represents those views
Don't feel like you have to lie with the big boys, theirs lots of smaller parties who may represent your interests who need supporters too!
OP you will not learn about politics by asking on a forum because the answers will be biased and oversimpllified. What you could do is lurk on various political forums and read material both online and offline. Wikipedia is a great one for beginners. Try searching the various parties on wikipedia, as well as various ideologies for example Socialism, Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism etc.
One thing you need to be aware of is the difference between conservatives in America and in the UK. Online you will probably read a lot about American Conservatism. This ideology has strong religious and social conservative links (i.e anti evolution, anti abortion etc.) while UK conservatives are more concerned with the economy.
I can't recommend you any books but I'm sure some on here could.
Last edited by Sdiff; 11-05-2012 at 00:05.
read some books on economics, it will help a great deal
edit: The books I read on economics when I started were
Economics in one lesson - Henry Hazlitt
Basic Economics a citizens guide - Thomas sowell
have a look around though.
Last edited by muddywaters51; 11-05-2012 at 00:56.