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June 15, 2005

Do the terms 'left' and 'right' mean anything in the modern world?

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So here we go! My first blog posting.

This is an interesting piece by Brian Walden about the confusion caused by the terms 'left' and 'right'. People often think of themselves as falling on the left or right, or in the centre. The media also seem obsessed with such terms. Politicians, however, often seem to dislike them. David Davis (the next Conservative leader?), for example, is anxious not to be seen as 'too right-wing'. I recall a recent interview in which he asked whether the sale of council houses under Thatcher was left-wing because it helped the poor, or right-wing because it promoted private property. Similarly, Charles Kennedy always seems to side-step the question of whether his party is to the left of Labour by stating that the left/right spectrum is no longer relevant. A sceptic may argue that Davis and Kennedy are simply trying to hide their true political positions (arguably quite right-wing and left-wing respectively). Clearly, however, there are problems with the left/right spectrum. Is an opposition to identity cards, for example, a left-wing or right-wing stance? Is it time, therefore, to do away with such terms? Would other labels be more appropriate: for example, authoritarian/liberal, or moderniser/traditionalist?

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