Where is Britain's political "centre"?

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Where is Britain's political "centre"?

Postby Elliott » 01 Aug 2011, 00:46

Socialists say that the British are at heart a left-wing people, and the welfare state is the crowning glory of "the British life".

Conservatives say that the British are at heart a centre-right people, a nation of shopkeepers, etc.

I suspect that the British people's political centre will have been shifted leftward by changes imposed from above from 1945 onwards. Also the rise of what we might call "the Guardian class" (the liberal do-gooder, the human resources manager, the health & safety surveyor, the equality inspector, etc.) must have had an effect on the population at large.

What do you think? Are the British basically conservative? Has the character of the people been changed by events and initiatives since World War II? Or even before that?
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