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    (Original post by Alofleicester)
    to quote it and say:
    "I wish people would stop using the political compass" is a bit unnecessary, since it's not being used all that much by the looks of things - prior to today, the last post was over a year ago, and the thread is four years old.
    But it is being used today even more so than four years ago when it started becoming more popular. Izvestia is right. The Political Compass is a poor measurement of political leanings. The Political Spectrum test is much better in my opinion
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    (Original post by Izvestia)
    Yes;... however... there are people who use the political compass in that strange world outside the student room you know...
    outside? That concept is unknown to me.

    Maybe so, but in that case, what relevance does such a comment have here - inside the student room?
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    (Original post by Formerly Helpful_C)
    Awkward, given my avatar

    Thanks for the responses.
    The conservatives aren't conservative anyway, most Tories prefer UKIP policy.
    Join UKIP, the more of us the better.
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    (Original post by ukip72)
    The conservatives aren't conservative anyway, most Tories prefer UKIP policy.
    Join UKIP, the more of us the better.
    I applied for membership around 40 minutes ago - so, now, it's a waiting game.
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    (Original post by Alofleicester)
    outside? That concept is unknown to me.

    Maybe so, but in that case, what relevance does such a comment have here - inside the student room?
    interesting... :holmes:
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    (Original post by Formerly Helpful_C)
    I applied for membership around 40 minutes ago - so, now, it's a waiting game.
    Glad to hear it, I do hate it when Tories try to fool themselves into thinking Cameron's conservative.
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    (Original post by Izvestia)
    I wish people would stop using the political compass. It is absolute tripe. It's skewed massively to the left and is in itself not broad enough.
    Hehe, your username reminds me of an old Soviet joke:

    There's no truth in Pravda, and no news in Izvestia.
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    I got 1.5, -4.05

    Still not sure what I'd consider myself :holmes:
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    Do you have a brother named Jake? :holmes:
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    (Original post by paddy__power)
    Do you have a brother named Jake? :holmes:
    Me?
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Me?
    Aye. It is a joke you won't get though don't worry.
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    (Original post by paddy__power)
    Aye. It is a joke you won't get though don't worry.
    No, it's fine

    Funny you should say that actually, I presume you were talking about Rhad.. (can't remember the exact spelling)

    I've messaged him a few times recently and turns out we have the same surname, which I guess is what you're talking about.
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    No, it's fine

    Funny you should say that actually, I presume you were talking about Rhad.. (can't remember the exact spelling)

    I've messaged him a few times recently and turns out we have the same surname, which I guess is what you're talking about.
    It was actually yes :lol:
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    I got 1.5, -4.05

    Still not sure what I'd consider myself :holmes:
    A Lib Dem, a Libertarian or an extremely wet Tory.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    A Lib Dem, a Libertarian or an extremely wet Tory.
    Perhaps one of the first two; can't say I'd ever consider myself a Tory though.

    Still in the process of forming my real political opinions, rather than just jumping into something I may not necessarily believe in. That's part of the reason I took this test, although I'm treating it just a little sceptically. Got a few books to read on various political ideologies over the summer, so hopefully will be active in joining a TSR party then.
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Perhaps one of the first two; can't say I'd ever consider myself a Tory though.

    Still in the process of forming my real political opinions, rather than just jumping into something I may not necessarily believe in. That's part of the reason I took this test, although I'm treating it just a little sceptically. Got a few books to read on various political ideologies over the summer, so hopefully will be active in joining a TSR party then.
    Fair enough.

    You should probably be aware that there are some differences between TSR and RL parties.

    Mainly that Labour and the Liberal Democrats are further left economically on TSR and the Tories are further right (Ukip are centre-right but left of the Tories unlike RL). Tories and Labour are both more liberal than RL.

    Socialists and Libertarians are unique on TSR really as they are effectively just a part of Labour and the Tories in RL.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    Fair enough.

    You should probably be aware that there are some differences between TSR and RL parties.

    Mainly that Labour and the Liberal Democrats are further left economically on TSR and the Tories are further right (Ukip are centre-right but left of the Tories unlike RL). Tories and Labour are both more liberal than RL.

    Socialists and Libertarians are unique on TSR really as they are effectively just a part of Labour and the Tories in RL.
    Interesting, I presume you are in a party?
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Interesting, I presume you are in a party?
    I am leader of the Tories and the current Prime Minister in a Tory-Ukip coalition (we are not all as rabidly euroskeptic as you would probably think though there are a fair few).
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    I am leader of the Tories and the current Prime Minister in a Tory-Ukip coalition (we are not all as rabidly euroskeptic as you would probably think though there are a fair few).
    Whoops, apologies for my rather stupid question then, Mr. Prime Minister.

    Just out of interest, what is your party's foreign policy?
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    (Original post by benpearson1)
    Whoops, apologies for my rather stupid question then, Mr. Prime Minister.

    Just out of interest, what is your party's foreign policy?
    The party in general is against military intervention however i and a few others are much more interventionist in that regard, generally Euroskeptic other than myself and a few others. Generally against supporting dictatorships though some like myself feel much more strongly in that regard.

    I guess foreign policy is one of the few areas in which i am a minority.

    One thing about the TSR Tories in particular is that socially we range from borderline Libertarian to socially Conservative (more liberal than socially conservative overall however) although we are all united behind the banner of capitalism (high privatisation at least in part and generally low taxes).

    You've picked a good time to come on TSR as we shall be releasing a budget soon so i imagine that there could be some good left-right debates on the parts which may not appeal to the left as much.

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