a reply to: GodEmperor
First of all, the side of the ocean one happens to be on, does NOT change the definition of right and left. It does, however, appear to alter ones
perceptions of which is which, and where one begins and the other ends. Unfortunately for you, you are on the wrong side of the ocean. On your side of
the ocean, the left is merely whatever you happen to disagree with the most on any given occasion, rather than being an actual description which has
any merit to it. Only on THIS side of the pond, does anyone have a blind blasted CLUE about politics, the meaning of the terminology surrounding it,
or what the difference between right and left actually is.
Put simply, when there is a discussion to be had which features this paradigm, it is the translation that WE use, on THIS side of the ocean, that has
meaning. Your utterly embuggered and valueless opinions of what constitute right and left, are meaningless by default, because your countries
government has been deliberately destroying your ability to actually think for yourselves on these issues, by lying to you about which is which. I bet
you even think the Nazis were lefties, don't you? Yes, we will be using OUR definitions of left and right, because they are actually valid, real,
unfettered and unadulterated.
Furthermore, you seem to have the wrong idea about what our countries are doing, and what kind of policies they are enacting. First of all, my
countries government is not enacting left wing policy. It is rather the opposite. The government are destroying our National Health Service, by
privatising huge swathes of it, by levering away at the socialist foundations of the welfare state, despite the fact that it forms the underpinning of
British, post war society, and the fact that without it, there will be no equality or equity. The poor will become the homeless, and the homeless will
become the dead. These are the realities of life, no others have any importance at all. We, the left, demand that this privatisation across the board
cease, that our railways return to public ownership, that the people are bailed out instead of the banks, that the tax dodging billionaires whose
evasions cost our nation tens of billions a year are gone after before the insignificant number of benefits cheats, who between them make not one
millionth the dent that corporate fraud does, in the public coffers.
WE, the left, the real left, demand our bloody rights, that our nations infrastructure not be sold off to the highest bidder, that we not be left at
the mercy of mercenary companies who care not one whit for their own honour, or our lives. We, the left demand that our nation be treated by its
government and everyone working for them, like a precious thing, worthy of being preserved in the precise state they found it in, or improved without
We demand that we be represented by compassion, not loomed over by tyrants.
If your vision of the left is anything less than this then your vision is flawed, and if you do not wish to discuss European politics, then let me
tell you one thing for certain... you will either discuss real politics done properly, as we do it, or you will fail to understand politics in
general. Focus on American politics will see you learn nothing but how to fail.