Online dating with the political parties

Given the difficulty telling the British political parties apart on serious issues, the creation of is an eye-opener.

The site takes you through a blind tasting menu of policies, then tells you at the end which party you prefer, based on their policies rather than on where their leaders went to school or whether they are balding.

Surprisingly, the Green party is currently ahead with almost a third of voters. Even I – brought up in Green-infested Gloucestershire, and therefore deeply sceptical of the economic and political nonsense the party plasters everywhere – managed to pick one of their policies. Second are the Liberal Democrats, followed by Labour and the Conservatives.

The test is well worth taking. Unfortunately, it does not improve the level of debate that much: were voters actually to pay attention to it, party policies would become even more tactical and short-termist (although after the Tory tax and spend promises over the weekend, one has to wonder if political promises can get any more cynical).

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