Left Wing / Right Wing / Centre

Joined
Apr 29, 2009
Messages
22
What is the difference between Left Wing, Right Wing and centre politics? What parties are left wing and why? How did they get these titles? Can somebody suggest a good source for learning the basics of Irish politics?
 


Henlars

New member
Joined
Jun 2, 2009
Messages
3
Workers party are the farthest to the laft followed by the Socialist party then Sinn Fein while Labour are just left of centre. Fianna Fail claim to central but are really to the right more so than Fine Gael who were traditionally the right of centre.
PDs were right and libertas would be far right.
 

buachailrua

Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
60
Workers party are the farthest to the laft followed by the Socialist party then Sinn Fein while Labour are just left of centre. Fianna Fail claim to central but are really to the right more so than Fine Gael who were traditionally the right of centre.
PDs were right and libertas would be far right.

Was The Head of Fianna FAIL, a Mr B. Ahern not a Left wing Socialist?? :)

I would have thought Hitler and Stalin were one of the same but on thepoliticalcompass.org they're on opposite sides of the divide.
 

cropbeye

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 3, 2006
Messages
921
Left Centre Right

It's all much more complicated than that. The context and definition of Left Centre

and right evolve and alter over time.

THe nature of the marketplace alters if slowly. Social phenomena and ethnicity all play a
part. There is the constant flux of pragmatism and hitching to an ideology or leadership.


Incumbancy can change a party and in bigger parties there are always factions.

Priorities and emphasis in order to attract voters or protect interests vary with the seasons

But you won't get such level of analysis much in the Irish main stream media.
 
Joined
Apr 29, 2009
Messages
22
I am getting more confused!

What am I ? What are the main questions that will answer where my political beliefs lie?
 

red-365

Member
Joined
Oct 2, 2008
Messages
56
The PDs and Libertas leaned further to the right than a man who'd just had his right leg chopped off.

It's never that simple. I can't think of any way in which Libertas cold be described as left wing, but the PDs were more complex.

Economically PDs were neo-liberals, very much to the right, advocating small govt, minimal regulation,and a laissez faire approach.

But as far as issues like gay rights, abortion, and separation of church and state, are concerned they would have more in common with Labour and the Socialist Party, than with FF and FG.
 

buachailrua

Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2008
Messages
60
I think its too difficult to pidgeon hole. As above poster says there are differences between Pure economics and other issues like morals and cultural values!
 

Cormocodran

Active member
Joined
May 30, 2007
Messages
273
It's never that simple. I can't think of any way in which Libertas cold be described as left wing, but the PDs were more complex.

Economically PDs were neo-liberals, very much to the right, advocating small govt, minimal regulation,and a laissez faire approach.

But as far as issues like gay rights, abortion, and separation of church and state, are concerned they would have more in common with Labour and the Socialist Party, than with FF and FG.
In theory that's true - but the PDs never really had much of an interest in social reform...McDowell never struck me as one particularly enamoured with gay rights or abortion :eek:.

The party tended to get very quiet when social issues were being discussed (though as I understand it the party youth wing was quite liberal on such issues).
 

Hewson

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 29, 2009
Messages
8,268
(1) What is the difference between Left Wing, Right Wing and centre politics? What parties are left wing and why? (2) How did they get these titles? (3) Can somebody suggest a good source for learning the basics of Irish politics?
1. Have breakfast in any Sushi bar. You're dining with Lefties.
Have lunch in Luigi Malone's, That's your Centre.
Dinner in L'Ecrevian will see you Right.

(2). Diet.

(3.) Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, by WB Yeats
 
Joined
Apr 29, 2009
Messages
22
One of the surveys told me that I was slightly left of centre libertarian while the other told me that I was slightly right of centre. Does this suggest that I am undecided on some key issues or could the surveys be slightly inaccurate? If I am slightly left of centre what party should I have voted for all my life? and if I am slightly right of centre, who should I have been voting for?

Am I right in saying that basically all Irish political parties were splits from Sinn Fein? If this is the case how come some are now more right wing or left wing than sinn fein?
 


New Threads

Most Replies

Top