The MP, a Catholic, holds views so traditional that they no longer can be considered part of the normal left-right continuum
of British politics.
In August, the Social Market Foundation and Opinium asked voters to place themselves on a left-right continuum
and also to do the same for a range of politicians.
So if libertarians have affinity for Burke and Paine, then where are we on the left-right continuum? The middle?
Much of the real action again lies well off the one-dimensional left-right continuum.
The left-right continuum is generally understood to possess three major dimensions (partisan, social class origins, and values).
Laponce, Left and Right: The Topography of Political Perceptions (Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 1981); Rene Remond, Les Droites en France (Paris: Aubier-Montaigne, 1982); Asher Arian and Michal Shamir, "The Primarily Political Functions of the Left-Right Continuum," Comparative Politics 15, no.
The left-right continuum
retains a certain validity in the analytical process.
Voters perceived the two major parties in similar positions on the left-right continuum, and both were located to the right of the average Korean.
By asking voters to locate themselves and the major parties along the left-right continuum, we can describe the structure of the party system as perceived by the public.
In the Federal Republic of Germany, where findings are available from 1976 to the present, as well as in all other countries in which the left-right scale was ascertained in 1981 and 1990, the great majority of respondents were able to place themselves at a specific point on the left-right continuum
with great confidence.
The survey incorporated the Social Values Inventory, questions on self-interest and voting, and questions on identification with the left-right continuum
This helps to explain why many people's political beliefs fall on a simple left-right continuum
, rather than in more complex combinations.