Understanding Right-Wing and Left-Wing Politics

Today’s post is going to contain politics. Why? You might ask, as this blog is about media and media is the only topic I am currently studying. However, media in itself is governed by laws and regulation. Not only that but the media, largely the mass media, is a resource used by the government and is often swayed by left or right wing ideologies. British politics can definitely be defined by the opposition between the two main parties: Labour and Conservative.

It is crucial to understand the two wings of politics moving forward into the rest of my course.


Let’s start with the left-wing. Close to the centre is Labour, further left is the Green Party. Moving to the right-wing, we see Conservative (shortened to Tory on the diagram above) close to the centre, but further right is UKIP. In America, the Democrats are left-wing and the Republicans are right-wing. At the furthest end of the spectrum left, we see communism and at the furthest end of the spectrum right, we see fascism.

Left-wing tends to be more progressive and they want an egalitarian society. The  right-wing tends to be more conservative and they want a free society. Many conservatives, but also people of other political leanings, inherit their political stance from their parents and households can often stick to a certain political standpoint.

In education, left-wing ideals see state schools and education for everyone. Right-wing ideals see public and private schools allowing people the choice to educate their children where they choose. In healthcare, left-wing ideals see the NHS (National Health Service), while right-wing ideals see private health insurance instead. Left-wing ideals see taxes being used for the benefit of each individual in building states schools and the NHS, for example. Right-wing, on the other hand, would prefer to see taxes being used where the people choose it to be used (in private schools and private healthcare, for example).

This brief look at right-wing and left-wing politics, and the differences between them, was extremely helpful to me and my understanding. Hopefully, those of you reading this, found it helpful too.

Rachel Measures


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