I am not British, but this is how I understand the british political spectrum:
The Conservative party: Center-right. ( similar to moderate republicans( Rhinos ) and Blue-dog democrats )
Liberal-democrats: Centrist. ( Originally a alliance between social-democrats and liberals, ergo have both members who are center-right, centrist and center-left ). Similar to the American democratic party.
Labour: Centrist to center-left. ( As with the Liberal-democrats, it is a divirse party consisting of centrist, center-left and leftist people. Tony Blair is an example of the rightwing of the party, while someone like Tony Benn( RIP ) represents the leftwing of the party ).
Thats my 2 cents.
Using the terms left, right or centrist is somewhat confusing because the political center over there is far to the left of where it is in the US. That is why they are much more willing, eager even, to be very submissive to the government.
Back in the seventies BT, with politicians like Wedgewood Benn, the Labour party was practically a communist party. They used to refer to each other as comrade. Milliband wanted to take the country back to that era. [/quote]
Miliband was nothing like old labour, that is an asinine comparison. Miliband is exactly the same as the new labour crowd like Blair. Old labour have re-emerged under the socialist banner and have a few parties claiming the mantle.
Miliband is hated by old labourites. Not similar at all. Miliband is not his father that is for sure.
Funnily enough though the old labour Trotskyists are using entryism via the respect party lead by George Galloway who was famously expelled from old labour for encouraging Iraqi civilians and militias to kill British invaders. It is a hilarious situation, you have a bunch of Jihadists and Islamists and a bunch of trotskyists both trying to use entryist tactics in one party, both of whom hate one another. George galloway is such a silly dickhead.
I remember him being so angry at Christopher Hitchens that when he died and was asked about him he said : “He was the only known example of a butterfly turning into a slug” Ha ha ha.