The Times has put a new version of the 'Political Compass' online. This time it has pretty pictures attached.
The Times version is here
Some of the questions didn't give me a good option to answer, so was 'best approximation'. It put me on Social 39 and Economic 51, to the right of the average times reader, near the top right of the box.
What moved the dot most to the right for me was school vouchers. I tend to take the view that if an education costs X in the state sector, then if the state can pay an amount X or less, then who cares if where pupil is educated?
The final result puts me well away from all the main parties, and is almost diametrically opposed to the original Political Compass, so at least one of the things is wrong!
The original puts me at Left/Right -3.0, Libertarian/Authoritarian -5.08, somewhere near the Green Party, the Dalai Lama and Ghandi!
As an aside, I wish I'd seen Johnson and Johnson when it was transmitted! Boris for PM! (the only Tory I'd say that about at the moment). Interestingly, Boris scores quite nearer a Lib Dem than a Tory!
Additional: The piece referred to is onlline. Newsnight tracks both Boris and Blunkett at the 16:45 mark here (link may only last for a week or so).
On who should you vote for my result has changed somewhat. It's no longer recommending the Green as the top choice (they would not get in under the current electoral system, and in my area it's a choice between Tory/Lib Dem)
Who should I vote for?
Your expected outcome:
Your actual outcome:
|Liberal Democrat 28|
|UK Independence Party -1|
You should vote: Liberal Democrat
The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.
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