This is a basic guide to key words and the ideas behind them. It should help you to sort out what people mean, whether they are being honest and talking sense and whether you want to vote for them. In a logical order, it looks at:
Conservative, Labour and Liberal (Left and Right)
Capitalism, Communism, Mixed Economy, Socialism
Where do you get the facts? (a) sources (b) crapometers
It is meant to be a fair-minded, objective guide. It will try to avoid obvious bias, but watch out for it just in case.
It is needed because so much of what you read or hear will contain terms which:
1) don’t mean anything to you
2) seem to mean different things to different people
3) are not always used honestly.
Let’s start with the obvious words – Conservative, Labour and Liberal (Left and Right)