I'm quite surprised by that too, in particular the BNP comparison.
I knew that the Democrats were on the right like the Tories, but I didn't think they were anywhere near the BNP in terms of being so far right.
I mean are you sure you have that right Ironman? I know you're an educated guy and obviously very poilitically minded, but BNP policy is to get rid of everyone not of Anglican origin. All ethnic groups except white British would have to leave the country (it's a little more complicated than that but that's basically the idea). It's the old racist slogan "send the buggers back" put into policy. Would the Democrats in America really want that?
The Labour party in our country were traditionally a lot more left wing than they are now, Tony Blair caused a big shift to the right when he came in by using a lot more free market goings on. Loads of hospitals and schools which used to be state funded are commisioned to the private sector now. So Labour are more centre-right these days.
It scary to think a party as far-right as the BNP could ever control anything
No, no, not the Democrats. It's many of the Republicans (but not all) that are a lot like the BNP. The Democrats are like the Tories. For example the Democrats were for health care reform, and the Republicans are against it. The Tories don't run on a Platform of dismantling NHS though.
Yea, Labour is much further to the right than it traditionally had been. They also have a lot in common with the Democrats now, where as before only the most liberal Democrats would have been at home in the Labour party.
The more BNP-like Republicans can't really take over anything other than their party. The government will remain fairly gridlocked here. So all the most crazy stuff they want won't get through. A party coming to power here just means they have a majority, however small. It's not like there where they literally do come to power.
The campaigning has always been really bad here, but now it's even worse. Corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money on advertisements now. They can also secretly funnel it through front companies who do not have to disclose their donors. So a big company can take billions of dollars and use it on ads to put out propaganda to suite their interests without having to worry about pissing off half of their customers in the process.
Which particular issues are focused on depends a lot on the region. So it can be nuanced. So in some places it's anti-abortion, anti-gay issues, somewhere else it might be anti-immigration, somewhere else it might be more free market, pro corporation stuff.