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The EU Profiler conflates social and economic left-right, so that they can have Europhile/sceptic as the second axis of a 2D representation. (Back when that was posted, this bugfged me most -- then again, a 3D representation would be difficult.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 01:32:35 AM EST
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There's perfectly fine 3d representation software available that is not excessively expensive for institutional users. Not that that would have mattered very much in this case - when you toggled off all the categories that weren't hardcore econ/social policy (a nice feature, by the way), the compass still showed a right-of-centre party being about as far to the left as a centre-left party...

Of course, some of it is GIGO - the party programmes of Danish parties are usually bullshit that's there to look pretty, not to describe their realpolitik (I mean, SF still has "revolutionary change" in the programme, because you can't strip it out without offending some old, tottering Trot on the back benches...). And some of it is the fact that the Overton Window has shifted so hard to the right that anybody who isn't flying high as a kite on spiked KoolAid sounds like a commie to the interviewers. And some of it is the fact that hardcore econ/social policy made up such a small part of the survey that it can't be used for any worthwhile statistics.

What always bugs me in these surveys is that there's no way to specify deal breakers. Agreement with the statement that taxes should be lowered, even at the cost of social services is a deal breaker for me. Full stop. No need to go any further. You're not in the running anymore. Still, it was an interesting exercise, and I was rather surprised by the positions of a couple of the parties...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 07:07:23 PM EST
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