Friday, March 1, 2013

The right and what's right.

I always find it strange how people characterise the so called 'right' mostly because as far as I can see there are no real right wing parties in the UK. I suppose UKIP are the closest, but again it depends on how you characterise right wing.
The problem is that the term right wing has been re-characterised by those on the left as to mean something which it actually isn't. Right wing now is assumed to be either racist or fascists or uncaring throw another baby on the fire type of person who wants to destroy the NHS.
Whereas a true right winger simply wants market forces and the free market to work things out without artificial interference from government.
We might wish to destroy the NHS, but that's more because the NHS as it stands simply doesn't work too well, there are cheaper and better alternatives around, though few appear to know this.
As for racist, well considering some of the endeavours of the left at home and abroad, the right as such have an absolutely pristine record when it comes to racism, people think differently because parties like the BNP are called right wing when a quick check of their policies will tell you otherwise. nationalism of key industries as the BNP are calling for is not a right wing policy and never will be.
As for fascism, well a quick check will soon tell you that it's an authoritarian left wing type of political movement, but again the narrative has been stolen and fascist seems to be synonymous with right wing, same as Nazi, which was never of the right either.
David Cameron has insisted that the Eastleigh result will not prompt him to steer the party further to the right to combat the threat from Ukip.
Despite admitting that the by-election result was “disappointing” the Prime Minister said he would reject calls by some backbenchers to lurch further to the right.
He said the Tories will not be blown off course by the defeat in Eastleigh and called on the party to “remain true to our principles”. His comments came after Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said it would be “wrong” to abandon the centre ground.
I very much doubt that Cameron or Gove have any idea of where the centre ground is, it's not that mysterious place between the two main parties, but more or less defined by just how much the state interferes in our lives coupled with economic policies. So Cameron and Gove's centre ground would put them closer to the Labour party rather than move into so called clear blue water by actually allowing the market to work and stop trying to interfere by spending taxpayers money in unnecessary areas of the economy or indeed our lives.
No, what the Lib/Lab/Con are, are social democrat parties and social democrats are of the left with all the idiotic economic baggage that entails. That Cameron and Gove wish to remain there tells you all you need to know about politics in the UK...

2 annotations:

Invicta said...

As my father always said... "There's no such thing as Right-Wing, merely Left-Wing and Sane People".

Paul said...

I'd say that UKIP were a right-wing (or, rather, centre-right) party, but it's the only major right-wing party that I can think of in the UK. In Northern Ireland, the TUV could also be called a right-wing party. As for other right-wing parties, they are very few that aren't outright racist: the Christian Party, for instance, might be one. Or the tiny WDAR party, itself a split-off from UKIP.

UKIP is the only 'proper' right-wing party in the UK.