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The parties. Whether they are left wing, right wing or centralist & what they believe in. A module for university on my Social Work course requires us to have a political view. I feel that I am left wing (but slightly moving to a centralist view).

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The parties. Whether they are left wing, right wing or centralist & what they believe in. A module for university on my Social Work course requires us to have a political view. I feel that I am left wing (but slightly moving to a centralist view).

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Traditionally Labour was a centre-left party, the Liberal Democrats a centrist party and the Conservatives a centre-right party. However, after Thatcher the inter-party consensus moved rightwards and since Blair all three parties have converged around the "new" centre.
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I'd suggest having a look at the websites of all the significant parties (Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, UKIP) and seeing what their policies are.

You may also like to use the political compass (to work out your left / right and authoritarian / libertarian tendencies) http://www.politicalcompass.org/ and ISideWith to work out which party you're aligned with http://uk.isidewith.com/political-quiz
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(Original post by sophieleannexo)
The parties. Whether they are left wing, right wing or centralist & what they believe in. A module for university on my Social Work course requires us to have a political view. I feel that I am left wing (but slightly moving to a centralist view).

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On a simple level:

Conservative Party - right of centre
Liberal Democrats - centre
Labour - left of centre

There are also nationalist parties like the SNP (Scotland) and Plaid Cymru (Wales) and some smaller parties.

It's harder to say now where exactly each party sits on the left/right spectrum than it used to be though. For example, during the Blair/Brown years, Labour moved strongly to the right of centre. The Conservative Party is sometimes now claiming to have left of centre policies and to be motivated by social equality, which used to be seen as the preserve of the left.

It can be hard to find out in detail what each party currently thinks when there isn't an imminent election. The parties publish new and revised policies just before elections. As the general election draws closer, you can watch out for the main media sites to offer pages like this one from the BBC, which they did in the 2010 election, which lay out all the party policies in easy to read snippets.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8515961.stm
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Traditionally Labour was a centre-left party, the Liberal Democrats a centrist party and the Conservatives a centre-right party. However, after Thatcher the inter-party consensus moved rightwards and since Blair all three parties have converged around the "new" centre.
This.

There's very little conviction politics any more in the Parliamentary system now, it's all about voting demographics and using PR to suggest differences that either are not there or are relatively slight. I think we're also going the way of America where lobbying, especially of big business, will represent an increasingly strengthening force in determining policy.
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This.

There's very little conviction politics any more in the Parliamentary system now, it's all about voting demographics and using PR to suggest differences that either are not there or are relatively slight. I think we're also going the way of America where lobbying, especially of big business, will represent an increasingly strengthening force in determining policy.
Welcome to the plutocracy!

*sigh*
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