used to be so simple. Labour
on the left, the Liberal Democrats
) in the middle, and the Conservatives
on the right.
Some time in the early 1990's, the Labour Party, having been out of government for a decade and a half, dropped a lot of their socialist 'baggage' and moved towards the centre: the founding of New Labour, as the spin doctors called it. The tories realised they were losing ground fast. They were pushed by Labour towards the right wing, becoming more fascist, racist, and generally unelectable. Meanwhile, Labour continued their push for the centre, becoming more spin and less policy.
The Liberal Democrats found it hard to make themselves appear different to Labour, and quietly moved into a left-wing position from a centre or centre-left position.
It seems to me that the youth of today are left-wing: whilst apathy rules, most people I know dislike The System, but feel it is inevitable.