Monday, February 28, 2005

Spot the difference

It's true the difference between the three main parties can only be seen with an electronic microscope! Anyway, the Guardian has decided to try and figure out what, if any, differences they have (scroll down the article for a breakdown of the issues):

“In an age of allegedly post-ideological politics, when the battles between the Thatcherite right and the Bennite left seem like distant history, it is a common complaint among disgruntled voters and activists that Britain has quietly collapsed into a prosperous managerial regime. As Alexander Pope put it in the 18th century, when the revolutionary zeal of an earlier age was also frowned on: "For forms of government let fools contest / Whate'er is best administered is best." Pope died before zeal made a comeback.

But is it true that the right won the economic arguments and the left won the cultural arguments, as is sometimes asserted? George Bush does not think so: he fights "liberalism" on both fronts. In Britain the picture is, typically, more mixed as the parties polish their manifestos.”

Source: Spot the difference


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