Thursday, May 10, 2007

In Europe, left and right mean something different

Margaret Thatcher was likely closer to a US-style conservative than any other recent European leader. Look at British political parties have bobbed and weaved on these issues since:
The tendency of postwar British governments has been to unravel the policies of their predecessors. Tony Blair broke with that tradition. He endorsed most of the economic reforms implemented by the Conservatives from 1979 to 1997, even proclaiming himself an heir to the Thatcher legacy. It is a measure of Mr. Blair's success that the current Tory leader, David Cameron, feels compelled to distance himself from Lady Thatcher to differentiate himself from New Labour.
To the extent that "left" and "right" in Europe have any meaning, they certainly mean something different than in the US.

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