A liberal democracy, such as exists in England,

Is effectively a compromise between church and state,

The Conservatives aligned with the Protestant Church,

Left-wing parties aligned with the socialist State,

A kind of political tug-of-war ensuing

Between the two which, however, is never resolved,

There being no will on the Left for a state absolutism,

All parties implicated in the atomic relativity

Of a liberal democracy.

The Labour Party may be anti-democratic in essence,

But only within the relative context of liberalism,

Not on any absolute basis.

Conversely, the Liberal Democrats, while being

In essence democratic, are more radically so

Than their Liberal forerunners.

Being democratic does of course imply

One's favouring a mixed, and hence relative, economy,

Whether in terms of a balance between

The private and public sectors, as in Liberalism,

Or in terms of an oscillation between the private

And public sectors, as in Liberal Democracy,

Whereas the 'anti-democratic' Labour Party

Have traditionally favoured the public sector alone,

And thus endeavoured to nationalize

As much as possible whilst in office,

In contrast to the privatizing Tories,

With whom they were in bitter conflict.

If capitalism and Protestantism slot together,

Then so do socialism and communism,

But the democratic socialists aren't nearly

As communist as left-wing Marxists, who are

Outside the pale of the liberal compromise -

Upholders of a state absolutism.