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I tweeted about this last week, but want to put it down on this more permanent record.

In a discussion about American politics last week*, my Austrian colleague stated that in Austria, both of the main political parties in the UK are seen as quite right-wing.

We all had little sit-and-think about that one. >.<

* My colleagues like to wind me up by asking me what I think of D----- T----'s latest gaffe. I think they quite enjoy the spluttering and hand-waving and noises of despair that I am incapable of repressing on hearing his name.

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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2016-03-01 12:02 (UTC)
Heh! Yes, we sit here in the UK and talk about the 2 main US parties being like the left and right wing of the Tories, but that ignores the likes of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Then an Austrian comes out with something similar which was probably true in the Bliar days but rather less so now - though it remains to be seen whether the jobsworth professional politicians in Labour will seize back control.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-03-01 21:34 (UTC)
A good many British people I speak to are (still) of the view that both Democrats and Republicans sit to the right of the Tories.

I'd like to see Labour wholeheartedly committing to a leftist agenda. I don't understand why they're too timid to try it. Being "Tory-lite" lost them the last election. Surely they realise they're going to have to actually be different if they want to have a hope of winning the next one.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2016-03-01 22:58 (UTC)
And here I was having the feeling that the Austrian politics skews more to the right than the German one (which is totally an assumption or rather an impression based on a few really bad examples over the years and the current approach to the refugee crisis, I don't know enough about it).

That said: I can't compare to the UK one, but in my feeling even Sanders hardly scratches the parties more on the Left in Germany (and I do not mean The Left party). Once again, somewhat of an assumption, I haven't read the Sanders platform and I haven't read the ones of all the German parties and the ones I've read were 4 years ago.

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