Originally Posted by Davdi
Very much this.
In the UK we havea coalition of an allegedly righ wing party and an allegedly centre-left party. In reality the 'Right Wing' party is to the left of centre, the 'centre-left' party is well to the left and the 'left wing' opposition are confused because the others have stolen their toys.
I think anyone who actually follows UK politics would be forced to scoff at your idea of the British political spectrum. The UK ultimately has two large parties - Labour and the Tories - and also the Liberal Democrats. There are also an assortment of Nationalists of course.
The Conservative party is not to the left of center. One needs only look at the global warming denying, Europe hating, bigots that make up a decent sized proportion of its back benches. How on Earth one can insinuate that the likes of Theresa May or Michael Gove or Boris Johnson are to the left of center, well I will never know. EDIT: Honourable mention to George Osbourne and William Hague. Sigh
The Liberal Democrats are a typical pro-business party who tend to follow logic and reason more than ideology, with a strong cohort of center left backbenchers. Vince Cable and the like are certainly not of the nationalise the mines mindset you seem to think they are.
Unless your news is 60 years late, it is blindingly obvious that in the last two decades, the 'left-wing opposition' has moved more and more to the right. How have you forgotten New Labour's reign so fast?