'It's the end of New Labour,' said many people after the Crewe and Nantwich by-election result. I laugh when I hear politicians running out with, 'It's the end of...' phrases. Maybe our elected leaders have short memories. Hands up if you remember Mrs T's, 'It's the end of socialism.' Labour removed the S word from all their stuff and got elected for the next 10-12 years.
The accepted political philosophy round here at the moment is social democracy. All our major parties are one hue or another of social democracy. Maybe we should rename them the Blue Democrats, the Red Democrats and the Yellow Democrats.
New Labour still has a socialist agenda but has to hide it because it loses more votes than it gains. People like a political party that helps the poor but won't, by and large, vote for it if it will cost them anything.
Do think very carefully about how you will vote when the time comes but try to look beyond names. They mean almost nothing anymore.