Last January (2013), myself and a whole bunch of friends (25 or so) took the test over at The Political Compass and generally discovered that we are a bunch of Liberal Lefties (apart from 2 very Authoritarian Neo-Liberals!).
I observed at the time “I appear to have shifted even more left libertarian in the last 6 years…” – Apparently, my personal politics is rather akin to “Old Labour” (no surprised there, given Granddad was a staunch socialist and most of my early years socialising education came from living in my Grandparents house) – And my views have stayed around the same area from first took The Political Compass test back in the early 2000’s (I can’t actually remember exactly when, just know that I’ve been recommending the site for years now, and I seem to remember taking the test for the first time sitting in my room in Poplar… So, that would put it somewhere around 2004-2006)
However, having settled on believing myself a “Lib-Dem” for the last 8-10 years or so, when I took a “Who should I vote for?” test at one of the sites that give views analysis before the last General Election, I didn’t believe it when it told me that I politically most aligned with Green Party thinking – (“After all,” (thought past, non-political Nikki) “it’s the Green Party, no one votes for them, they are a fringe party, no one takes them seriously, right???”) – I vocalised and cast my vote Lib-Dem, solidly believing that the wind of change was coming, and that two-party politics might be finally changing.
Oh Gods, how wrong was I!!!
Anyway, after 4 years of the current stuff, and with the Euro Elections on-going, I decided to revisit my attitudes and remove my prejudice. (I’ll also freely admit that 4 years ago I was a very politically uneducated person – which is now changed thanks to having an anarchist activist flatmate for a year and Girlfriend with a degree in Politics with Economics!)
So, I took another “how should I vote?” test, and again, it told me that I most ideologically aligned with the Greens. So, How does that work?
Looking at their Manifesto, and given my “tick-box” answers, they share about 75% of my world view.
And in a top 5 of issues that most people care about (or should care about, such as the TTIP), as shown in this and this ‘blog post by Another Angry Voice, I’m 100% in agreement with them. Which is actually not hard, considering all the other main parties are “against” or “neutral to” about the issues of which I’m passionately in favour.
So, just to check I’m still a Libertarian Left (Socialist), I retook the Political compass test just now – I’ve inched a minuscule amount both right and up (I suspect this is because I changed my mind on the Death Penalty preference, but could also just be the vagaries of my mood today!):
Comparing this to the 2010 UK Political Parties post on Political Compass:
it can bee seen that indeed my personal politics are right now most closely aligned with the Green party- even though in my teens and twenties I voted Labour and then moved to the Lib-Dems as Labour became “new” – and I haven’t changed how I see the world in 20 years probably…
This is explained by the massive march towards Authoritarian Right (Neo-Liberalism) that the other main players have made (Chart below shows up to 2008 – the march has progressed even further since!):
(I also wish the guys behind Political Compass had shoved Green on there as well, but I can understand why they haven’t..)
So – The upshot of this, is that for the first time in my life I did something I never ever thought I would do – This afternoon, I voted Green.
Using personal introspection and analysis, given that I know I’ve not changed, but effectively the political landscape has, I’m happy to move party lines. I suspect that most “dyed-in-the-wool” left-wing peoples are not as analytical as I, because if they were, I suspect the Green party would have a MUCH greater representation than they do!
So, my vote today can effectively be considered a “protest vote” – I live in a very safe Labour borough – and as anyone that knows me will know, for me, not voting at all is NOT an option.