As an extension of this, something Andy in Germany said earlier about the British psyche, I remember talking to my dad when I was about 40 and came to the realisation that it seems everyone in this country wants an opinion nowadays, to shout the opposition down (in all things in life not just politics)...dads reaction was...the Britsih were ALWAYS that way, you just didnt realise it. So perhaps infighting, endless arguing, questioning is inevitable...if not helpful.One of the reasons I find myself leaning from the left is what I see as endless negativity. I'm a positive person, find the positive even in the negative. All I see from the left is whining.
I remember a Danish colleagues reaction to me questioning someones opinion on something I disagreed with (what doesnt matter but I was firmly putting an alternative view)...and his reaction was real open mouthed shock. I could never do that, he said. Perhaps we are quite different, perhaps it works against us sometimes, perhaps that's why we often dont work together, pulling against each other all the time.