Tuesday, 21 April 2009
On Sunday 19th April, the North West branch of the Libertarian Party (which has members in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria) held its first meeting at the Kro2 Bar on Oxford Road, Manchester. This was intended as a relatively informal "getting to know you" session, a chance to discuss the organisation of the branch and election of officers (including confirmation of myself as Regional Co-ordinator, county reps and a Campaign Manager), and possibly most importantly it was our first opportunity to get together to plan the election campaign which we will be fighting soon.
The meeting went pretty well, there were a lot of good ideas discussed, as well as a definite plan of action for the imminent campaign. We now have at least the bare bones of an organisation set up - it's still a bit ad hoc, but adequate for our needs at the moment - and the North West branch should be able to develop organically over time without any major problems. I'm not going to try to kid anyone that we're going to be a major political force overnight, but we've laid the foundations and with the range of skills and experience we've got, I think we'll at least be able to make our prsence felt in this year's and next year's elections. I'm especially impressed by the experience of our new Campaign Manager. As to which particular elections we'll be fighting, watch this space - there's no point giving the opposition advance warning.
So a lot of useful planning was done and a good time was had by the whole posse - the Kro Bar sells pretty good beer, I was certainly pretty well tranquilised by the end of the meeting. The food wasn't bad either, it's a nice boozer generally and not too crowded (we were able to find a free table big enough for the whole group). We'll probably use that venue again, although the feeling among the assembled Party members was that we should move the meetings around a bit, the North West being such a large and diverse place. We didn't set a firm date for the next meeting, but it will almost certainly be in the next couple of months. We'll certainly be holding regular meetings as soon as this campaign is out of the way, so I'll canvass the membership for suggestions as to future venues. First we've got a campaign to fight - our first election campaign - something else to look forward to!
Monday, 20 April 2009
On the 1st of January 2009, the Libertarian Party celebrated its first Birthday. From its inception at the beginning of 2008 support for the Libertarian ideals laid out in our manifesto has been steadily growing, and today we have taken the first major steps from that single national structure into regional Branch formations.
We have formally launched the South East Branch this morning, to add to the one we have in the North West, and new Branches throughout the country will soon follow, as will the names and details of our first PPC's and Local Election Candidates, which will continually be updated as new candidates are taken through our selection process.
As this country slips further into Authoritarian rule the support for Libertarian ideals has never been stronger, or more vocal.
However, as people who are coming to LPUK are telling us in no uncertain terms, the Conservative Party has no room for Libertarian thought, Cameron has made clear that he will be continuing on the present path to a Federal Europe and will not be walking with Libertarians , Osborne is providing more Keynesian economics, and William Hague has refused to commit to a referendum if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified. In other words, more of the same under a disguised 'nudge'.
Those who have come to us from the LibDems tell of horrific infighting, with the SDP controlled leadership squeezing the Liberal element out of the party, marginalising them at branch level and suggesting that there is no room in the modern LibDem party for them. The LibDems have lost their Liberal roots and become the Social Democratic party, set to continue where Brown leaves off. More of the same.
Both LibDems and Conservatives are on a collision course with the British people, 57% of whom have now indicated that they no longer wish to remain in the EU. They are looking for a genuinely free society, services that work, lower taxes, much smaller government, less nannying and laws that are Made in Britain.
The voters of Britain are not stupid people, they are not happy about being led on the road to Authoritarian rule, and they are more than aware that the Libertarian Party is the only party that offers a direct rebut to the path we are currently on.
Like all political parties the Libertarian Party relies on donations to keep it going. We urge you to make generous contributions to allow us to continue to mount the challenge, to provide the voters of Britain a voice for Liberty against this backdrop of Authoritarian politics.
To those who continue to spin the State line that we are still a free country, I would suggest a quick review of the facts that would tell you otherwise.
Iain Dale published Damian Green's wife's top ten tips on what to do if your home is being searched by the Police. How has it come to pass that we now consider this an every day event?
How has it come to pass that we consider the list below every day events?
Ballot Boxes are interfered with
Voting registers go missing
The Police can kill innocent people and get away with it
You can be put in prison for 42 days on pure suspicion
You can be put in prison indefinitely on the word of a politician
The State can torture people
Your children are monitored at School by Political Officers
Your children's fingerprints are taken without your consent by willing teachers
Their behaviour is logged on a State database for their entire lives
Your innocent fingerprints, iris scans and biometrics are held by the State
You do not have the right to remain silent
You are watched on 4 million CCTV cameras
You may not photograph the Police
The media is controlled by the State
You do not have the right to protest peacefully
Curfews exist for entire communities
Your travel movements are logged and monitored
Who you vote for is logged and monitored
Your shopping habits are studied and logged by the State
Your emails and telephone conversations are recorded by the State
Your Bank and financial detailed are accessed by the State
Your passport can be withdrawn at the whim of the State
Government agencies can use lie detector tests on you.
List of life in the UK from Old Holborn.
Is this how a free country works?
If like me you think the answer is No, then join the Libertarian Party, help us to work to give you those lost freedoms back.
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No, we don't have all the answers, anyone who tells you that they do is lying, but we believe that we are putting forward far more credible options than the Conservatives or the LibDems.
The world is a very fluid place at the moment, there is an air of uncertainty over Economics, military posturing, the real threats of terrorism, energy security, food security and much more as governments around the world are forcing us into Global governence, Global financial control, unelected european control.
We are looking for your help to get the LPUK ready for the Local Elections and then General Elections, we intend standing, we intend fighting this battle at the ballot box, for we are no longer prepared to stand by and watch our Country destroyed from the inside out.
n.b. LPUK will not be standing in the European Elections. Until the people of Britain have made a decision on EU political union through a referendum, we consider that the European Parliament is not a legal institution and we shall not provide it false respectability.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Only 34 percent of the 500 million European Union citizens say they will vote in the European parliament elections on June 4-7, a survey suggests.
Belgians topped the list with 70 percent saying they would probably vote, while Poles were at the bottom with just 13 percent, according to the Eurobarometer poll. The figure for Belgium was still low though, considering the EU is the largest employer in Belgium and the country has compulsory voting with people who fail to turn up to polling booths risking a fine.
In the Netherlands, 39 percent of those eligible to vote turned out in 2004. However, in June of 2006, 63 percent voted in a referendum on the European constitution, which was then rejected by 61.6 percent of Dutch voters.
The only time that voters have come out in strength in any EU member state has been to reject the Constitution at a time when referendums were still allowed.
In Britain, 30 percent of respondents said they would definitely not vote - far more than in other EU member state.
In the June elections, 750 members of the European parliament will be elected by proportional representation to represent some 500 million EU citizens.
The vote is being billed by the EU as the largest trans-national election in history, the reality however will be that it is likely to be the largest trans-national failure in history.
The Libertarian Party will not be standing any candidates in the EU parliamentary elections, it will not give that validity to imposed political union without a referendum of the British people.
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Sunday, 5 April 2009
Your web browsing will be stored from your ISP. The Government will force you to have it all revealed to them from your ISP. IP addresses the works.
Story in the Independent here
As a personal protest, I have created the following email signature, which will be added to each and every email that I send. I see this as a completely responsible act, one which does not break the law, but none-the-less an act of defiance, an act of rebellion against those who would take away my right to privacy, supposedly guaranteed by the European Charter of Human Rights, one which I hope will make those who draft such inept laws pay attention.
Key words, bomb, assassinate, president, brown, Osama, Obama, Sargozy, Merkel, government, target, location, rocket, grenade, al-Qaeda, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, UK, America, guns, jets, bombs, machine-gun, terrorists, MP's, pigs, troughs, France, Germany, Italy, nuclear, Korea.
It is time to stop meekly accepting everything that the government throws at us. It is time to stop listening to lily livered politicians who say this is OK, because it really is NOT OK. It is time to stop listening to the apologist organisations or committees who will accept this type of data collection with a rider of wanting a little more protection for the data.
I refuse to be intimidated by my own Government. It is time to make this kind of data collection unworkable.
Now Government, make me stop !!
p.s. My car is perfectly serviced, I never go walking in the woods alone, and I have no intention of doing anything stupid. (for the record). I have also checked the wording of my ISP agreement, which does not include any reference to the use of keywords.