Saturday, April 26, 2008

Libertarian Party

I haven't written much about the new UK Libertarian Party, but I think they might face a small test. The much older Libertarian Alliance runs a blog, and recently this was posted on it:

"IF you prefer Ken or Boris as Mayor but want to cause a stir and wake up the political establishment give your first preferences to BNP and the 2nd preferences to Ken or Boris.

If you do the last option the media will scream blue murder and the politicians might notice. Doing the same tactic with any other party will go totally unnoticed!"

Since the BNP is the only major party in the UK (apart from LPUK of course) that behaves actually as if it’s listening to voters who are drowning, franchistically-speaking, in the tide of corporato-leftist-big-government, the last two short paras above may be for you. I don’t think the Libertarian Party of the UK is fielding a condidate this time, but I could hope so. I have always advocated the formation of a UK Libertarian Party as you all know.
I added the quote marks, because the initial part of the quote is itself a quote, from a posting at the Libertarian Alliance Yahoo Group.

Association with the BNP would be extremely damaging for this fledgling party, which I broadly support. Will they disassociate themselves from this post?


Simon Clark said...

We are in no way associated with the BNP. We will never be in any way associated with the BNP. I quote the constitution of the Libertarian Party:

"2.4 The Party, its members and representatives will never propose nor endorse any policy
which would lead to an increase in the size, scope or powers of the government(s) of the United
Kingdom or ancillary state infrastructure. Furthermore, the Party, its members and
representatives will never tacitly support such proposals from any other party; rather, they shall,
at all times, use any and all means at their disposal to oppose such proposals, wherever and
whenever they may originate."

I hope this is of some reassurance.

Simon Clark
Libertarian Party
National Co-ordinating Committee

Peter Risdon said...


Yes it is. Thank you.

Ian_QT said...

Purely by co-incidence (I posted today without having looked at the LA blog or anything):

This LPUK member wants nothing whatsoever to do with the BNP.

David Davis said...

I am of course quite sure that nobody, on reading anything I have said, on the LA Blog or elsewhere, would come away with the impression that either I am associating the LPUK with the BNP, or that the LPUK itself wants to be thus associated.

David Davis (Director of Northern Affairs, Libertarian Alliance: