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I have to ask you for more explanation here :-)

To my knowledge, in the Thatcher years, Liberals formed an Alliance with the SDP, which I vaguely recall to have been to the left of Labour. Is that wrong? Were SDP centrists too?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 07:35:39 AM EST
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The SDP were labour party rebels  who believed the labour party had gone too far to the left.  So, yes, definitely centrists.   They were led by David Owen, who you may remember as one of the diplomats who so terribly fouled up the Bosnian civil war.

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by adhoc on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 08:02:19 AM EST
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Ah, thank you!

(But by now, Bliar took Labour far to the right of the onetime SDP, I guess?...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 08:10:26 AM EST
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Oh yes.  Those rebels look like George Galloway next to Bliar.

Musings on life in Romania and beyond
by adhoc on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 09:00:49 AM EST
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Um, I'm not sure if Galloway is really the right metric. I really am not sure what to call someone who on the one hand sees the fall of communism as the saddest event of his life and thinks Stalin was just swell, and on the other has a crush on the religious right.  Whatever he is, he doesn't bear much in the way of a resemblance to the Social Dems.  
by MarekNYC on Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 02:11:16 PM EST
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Now, come on Marek.  You must know that I picked Galloway as the most left-wing person in UK politics I could think of off the top of my head just to make an exaggerated point about how far to the right the Labour party has slid under Blair.  It must have been obvious.  Surely?  From your response I can come to only two possible conclusions:
1. You didn't realise and insist on reading everything absolutely literally, the implication being that you probably think the universe and everything in it was created in 6 days.
or
2. You did know that but you decided to take the opprotunity to have a gartuitous pop at Galloway (because that demonsiation hasn't been done to death has it?).  Yawn.

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by adhoc on Fri Sep 23rd, 2005 at 03:47:24 AM EST
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opportunity, gratuitous, demonisation.

I really must get used to hitting that spellcheck button.

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by adhoc on Fri Sep 23rd, 2005 at 03:48:36 AM EST
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