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I have no clue really about each of the parties, can someone please summarize and explain each of the main ones to me?
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Hey,

I have no clue really about each of the parties, can someone please summarize and explain each of the main ones to me?
Hey,

Once the manifestos are published TSR will be putting together a party policy summary which could be good to look at but in the meantime check out the general election forum as there is loads of info in there comparing the parties!
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Labour - jealous of the rich, hand outs. punish hard work.

conservative - for the rich, hard working motivated people. reward hard work.

Lib dem - a mixture of the two above

UKIP - a protest, anti EU party but similar to conservative

Green - environment based protest party
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Left Wing (associated with young people, equality,freedom, multiculturalism)

Communist and Socialist Parties: Extremists who want all people to earn the same salary and nobody to be richer than anyone else. They would achieve this buy refusing people to own large companies or make money in business, instead the government would own every natural resource and company. Mainly popular among idealistic students. The only real Communist governments in history, such as the Soviet Union and China, killed millions of people, because true Communism doesn't work, it just stops people from making money so they can't afford to eat (although some aspects of Communism, such as extensive benefits for poor people, work quite well. Taking some aspects of Communism but not all is called Socialism. Compared to other countries, the UK is very Socialist, but not as Socialist as countries like Cuba and North Korea, which are almost still Communist.)

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Green Party: slightly less extreme than Communists. They want to disband the army, destroy nuclear power stations, remove nuclear weapons, and generally stop us from doing anything which will cause war or strife or pollution. Also fond of animal rights.

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Labour: traditionally associated with working class people, such as factory workers, miners, and anyone else who does low-paid jobs and lives in cities or manual work who lives in small towns. Recently has become popular with ethnic minorities (because of its favourable multiculturalist and urban centric policies.) Has strong ties to trade unions (organisations of people who work in low-paid jobs). Trade Union presidents attend their party conferences and even number among the personal friends of the Labour leaders. Criticised in recent times for the policies of Tony Blair, most notably high immigration and tolerance towards gay people, ethnic minorities and people who claim benefits.

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Centre (in between the Left and the Right)

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Scottish National Party: Only really exists in Scotland and has very few MPs in the Westminster parliament, but important for two reasons to the UK: they recently forced a referendum on Scottish independence after gaining a majority of votes in the Scottish parliament 5 years ago, and also, many former Labour voters in Scotland who voted for independence (nearly half of Scotland's population) are now threatening to abandon Labour in favour of the SNP in the general election this year (which would be a disaster for Labour, as Labour usually gets a LOT of votes in Scotland). Has quite socialist policies, but is also nationalistic (i.e. values Scottish people over all others and champions Scottish culture over multiculturalism, hence why it is often classified as Centre. In reality it is quite Left Wing in many aspects.)

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Liberal Democrats: like Labour, but not supported so much by trade unions and working class people. Most of their supporters are students and young town and city dwellers. They want a rich and international Britain but without so much influence by manufacturing, and they are not so in favour of government interference in the economy. Have been criticised in recent times for being too similar to Labour and the Conservatives, but most of all because their leader Nick Clegg promised not to raise tuition fees for university students (one of their major support groups) but, as part of the Lib-Dem/Conservative coalition government which we have at the moment, he did raise fees, so many students now risk massive debts after finishing university.

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Right Wing (associated with elderly, rural people who value leaving normal people to their own devices, but also clamping down on ethnic minorities and treating criminals harshly. Basically old-fashioned people who want Britain to stay British and people to be self-sufficient.)

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Conservatives: traditionally moderate Right Wing party, has included most of Britain's famous war hero politicians such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Mostly popular in Southern England and rich areas of the countryside as well as London. Has been criticised for being too similar to the Centre and Left wing parties, but also for valuing economic growth over ordinary people's lives. The Conservatives (or Tories) do not want to punish bankers for the economic crisis which they caused, but want to fix the economy by making life easy for banks, which they believe will make money and therefore provide jobs (the more money banks have, the more tax they pay to the government, and the more they invest in businesses and provide jobs), but also reducing Britain's debts, by not spending so much money on things like the health service and benefits payments, which mainly benefit poor people.

Like Labour, they are also criticised for having too many friends in important organisations, but rather than trade unions, they are involved with bank bosses and media bosses (such as Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Sun Newspaper, which claims to be able to win elections for whoever it likes best by supporting a particular party in the run-up to elections and publishing negative stories about other parties).

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UKIP: the UK Independence Party want to remove Britain from the European Union, and stop so many immigrants coming here (they claim that immigrants are refusing to learn English and abide by British laws, as shown by the recent Pakistani child abuse scandal, and the Trojan horse incident, in which a group of schools in Birmingham tried to teach pupils that Islam was the true religion and homosexuality was wrong, among other things.) Have been criticised for being racist and intolerant towards gay people and other minority groups. They were not an important party, but have recently been stealing support from elderly people and Right wing people who used to vote Labour or Conservative, and so will probably gain a LOT of seats at the general election this year.

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BNP: Extreme Right. Do not exist any more as a serious party, but I include them as an example of extreme right: openly racist, hate immigrants, want everyone in Britain to be white and Christian. Some people who used to support the BNP are now supporting Ukip, which is causing problems for UKIP because whenever a former BNP supporter says something racist or offensive, all the newspapers blame it on UKIP.
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UKIP - far-right wing policies
Conservatives - right wing policies
Liberal Democrats - centrist policies
Labour - left wing policies
Green - far-left wing policies
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Although off the ball slightly in some cases, the Poltical Compass highlights some of the probelms with simply viewing parties on a left-right scale, this is tackled by introducing a Libertarian (freer people) and authoritarian (stronger state). Labour and the Conservatives are both quite authoritarian with UKIP and partcularly the BNP (Who arent actually right wing economically) as much more uthoritarian- being seemingly pro death penlty and wanting to scrap the Human rights act.

Additionally, LAbour isnt exactly left wing as such, it seems to be you start as grassroot socialists and become less and less socialist the higher you reach.
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inb4 flippant comment about Party tie colours.
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(Original post by harry218)
Hey,

I have no clue really about each of the parties, can someone please summarize and explain each of the main ones to me?
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015...-with-cronies/

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(Original post by Davij038)
Although off the ball slightly in some cases, the Poltical Compass highlights some of the probelms with simply viewing parties on a left-right scale, this is tackled by introducing a Libertarian (freer people) and authoritarian (stronger state). Labour and the Conservatives are both quite authoritarian with UKIP and partcularly the BNP (Who arent actually right wing economically) as much more uthoritarian- being seemingly pro death penlty and wanting to scrap the Human rights act.

Additionally, LAbour isnt exactly left wing as such, it seems to be you start as grassroot socialists and become less and less socialist the higher you reach.
I think there are some problems here in addressing the type of strong state you're talking about.

For example, a strong state as in large military, conservative social laws etc vs more state ownership over capital and services are ideologically different kinds of strong state ideologically speaking. Your example equivocates the two when two Parties advocating more state ideology can be very different in terms of their ideology, ie Labour and the conservatives, to cite the immediate example. And the obvious answer to explaining the differences seems to lie in defining them left and right...
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Greens - Left.
Lib Dems - Centre
Labour - Centre Right
Conservatives - Right
UKIP - Right.

Practically speaking, Liberals, Labour and Conservatives are pretty similar - except though the Conservatives have a better record in government than Labour.
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Breitbart? Ugh.
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