I wish "ideology" weren't so vilified

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ZeroEntropy
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It rather concerns me when parties attack each other using the term "ideology" as if it were somehow a dirty word. I know why - people think that if a party acts on its ideological values it'll be impractical and act against the wishes of the country as a whole.

However - what's the alternative? Parties which have no moral compass they can turn to when drafting legislation, no keystone in their legislative framework - nothing to work towards except currying popularity on the back of mixed up and contradictory populist policies. Is that really what we want? When I see a politician, I want to know what their beliefs are - be they left wing, right wing, green, libertarian. I want to know what their guiding principles are, instead of this vague and meaningless rambling about "fairness" and "decency" - ever heard of a party leader who doesn't want those things?

Give me an honest socialist or conservative party any day over what Labour and the Tories offer.
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It's sleight of hand. Condemning one's opponents as ideological implies that one's own ideological positions are just the sober truth and cannot be disputed by reasonable people.
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The problem you need to watch out for is that ideology can have an annoying tendency to get in the way of common sense and evidence sometimes. A party may take a position driven by their ideology but not supported by the evidence.
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It is a childish and inane insult - let's have scrutiny of individual policies and ideas rather than attacking broad ideologies. It's fine when the ideology is Maoism or fascism, but when it's social democracy or centre-right ideology then you're making yourself look a bit daft.
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