Wednesday, 21 October 2009

LPUK Conference 28th November 2009






The Annual AGM/Conference will be held at the Gladiator Room, Gloucestershire Cricket Club, Nevil Road, Bristol BS7 9EJ 10.30am- 4pm November 28th 2009


The Conference will deal with matters of policy and constitutional matters to be put forward by members via their regional coordinators, and the election of officers for 2010, plus party organisation, aims and objectives

A business meeting dealing with end of year accounts and hand over to the new NCC will be held in January.

We need to know numbers attending by November 2nd. There will be a £5 charge to defray costs on registration so please help us by registering early, and as ever Donations will be happily received.

Contact members@lpuk.org

The Sportsman Pub is nearby where I understand the usual fare can be obtained.

There is carparking available for 100 vehicles.

Directions

By Road

From the North:

Exit Junction 19 on M4 onto M32 to Bristol

Exit at Junction 2

Take the 3rd exit off the roundabout, keep in right hand lane and follow brown
tourist signs to County Ground. Continue on Muller Road for approx.1 mile.

Turn left into Ralph Road, opposite Bus Depot.

At T junction, turn left and then take first right into Kennington Avenue.
At top of road, turn left (signposted) into Nevil Road and drive through the Grace Gates into the ground.

From Central Bristol :

From St. James Barton roundabout in the City Centre, take exit marked Horfield (A38)
Continue along Stokes Croft Road and onto Gloucester Road

After approx. 1.5 miles turn right into Nevil Road (Signposted)
The Grace Gates are at the end of Nevil Road

By Rail :

Bristol Temple Meads is in the centre of Bristol, approx. 2 miles from The County Ground
Bus no. 8 or 9 will take you from the station to the bus station and then take any of the buses as below

Bristol Parkway is on the northern side of the City and approx 4 miles from The County Ground

By Bus :

The Bus Station is located in the centre of Bristol.

Outside the Bus Station from The Travel Inn, services, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 and 77 will take you along the Gloucester Road. The stop is Nevil Road, which is within 100yds from the Ground.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Something To Be Really Worried About On May 6th 2010.


I listened to Radio 4 this morning, to Austin Mitchell after his fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference yesterday. Eight people turned up at his meeting, and one of those was his wife.

I saw the empty seats, the closed off areas at Brighton

I saw the photographs of half dead, half asleep Lib Dem supporters whilst Cleggy gave his all at the Lib Dem Conference.

UKIP and BNP are in dire straits financially; the LPUK is examining the pointlessness of contesting seats at Westminster in favour of building a grass roots local authority base.

Next week I am going to be watching the glassy eyed adoration of no policies Cameron and the Conservatives.

Basically Party Politics has collapsed in this Country, dwindling party memberships, over centralisation into Westminster, the recession, the expenses scandal etc has traduced democratic politics that has taken four hundred years to build up in less than twenty years.

The Public know it’s a fix, the Public want Radical Change and a New settlement, that was evident at the Forum on Modern Liberty, but that clamour for real progress has been stymied by the big three parties, and the growth of smaller Parties and pressure groups will never have a voice under this Electoral system. The British just don't do the 'Summer of Rage'

The Public has withdrawn from even voting, because ‘the Government’ always gets in. This has produced the bizarre situation where corrupt faux aristocrats lead the Labour Party. Has it really got to the point where Mandelson is the saviour of the Socialist Left? Is there nobody left in the Labour Party that can see what a travesty this is. We have now got a situation were Esther Ranzten and a baggage handler from Glasgow, are now seen as the authentic voice of politics. Don’t get me wrong anybody who takes on somebody who is trying to explode a car bomb has physical courage, but I am not sure that I want my politics to be along the lines of ‘fisticuff’ Prescott. A man who can barely string a coherent sentence together.

Politics is dead, the only option on offer is Mandelson’s ‘post democratic’ age. This is just an Oligarchy by another name with the rest of us condemned to the role of exploited serfs.

Unless the Radical smaller Parties start to coalesce around the concept of a new constitution, a new settlement and a new voting system, we are going to see the gradual sapping of the life blood in our democratic institutions, with the Police and the EU taking up the slack and running the country by default. The Army is now a degraded institution, loved and respected by the people. Hated and kept short of funds by the political classes and sent to fight illegal wars and to occupy foreign countries, the police on the other hand seem to have no shortage of equipment and helicopters, because the political classes see them as the only thing between us and them.

I spent the weekend as a Libertarian, with a Socialist, a near BNP supporter two Tories and a Liberal Democrat. We discussed politics we all had strong points of view that we could never agree on, but we had a forum to discuss politics because we had respect for each other and ‘ground rules’ that everybody was entitled to their say. What we did agree on that this was not replicated at either National or Local level. There is no forum. If nobody is prepared to listen to my point of view, why the hell should I listen or engage to somebody who wants to talk ‘at’ me about their politics.

That is the position that the Public now have with the current political structure.
There may be only 646 of them and sixty million of us, but nobody is listening to the sixty million, only to the 646, and pretending that this the body politic.

Personally the prospect of a Cameron Government on May 6th fills me with dread, as it will not be any different to Blair/Brown.

Irrespective of each of our political standpoint, we have to fight for a New Constitution, one that comes from below not imposed from above.

Our Politics are Moribund, and worse still has absolutely no mandate from the people of this Country.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Last Chance For Liberty

Tomorrow is the day, I have done my best over the past few weeks to convey the message of liberty to the people of Norwich North, however what I can do has now ended. The responsibility now passes to each and every voter in Norwich North, I urge you all to stand up and tell Labour, The Conservatives and the Lib Dems that we are sick of them taking and taking from the British people and never giving back. Enough is enough, tomorrow is your first chance to vote for the only party that will not take anything from you, be it your money or your liberties.

Perhaps you believe that one of the big three has changed and can be trusted with your vote, to this I say simply if you vote the same, you’ll get the same. The big three have dominated politics for generations and have constantly and consistently taken hard won liberties from the British people, many times they have claimed to have shifted position but they always remain parties of big state interference in everyday lives.

Vote Libertarian for real change. Vote Libertarian for honesty and open government. Vote Libertarian for your rights and liberties. Vote Libertarian simply to send the big three a message.

If you vote the same, you’ll get the same.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Death of Democracy

Warning to LPUK members: This is nothing to do with Norwich North. It shall therefore be of no interest to anyone and is not in any way important. The largest single transfer of planning powers to a central authority since World War 2 is of zero significance and the fact that we are to lose our unspoiled landscapes to a form of energy that does not work at the cost of hundreds of billions will not in any way influence anyones' voting decision. I will post up a Glenn Beck video later. Go back to sleep.

Meanwhile for those who take an interest in politics, today the Daily Telegraph reports that "country residents" must accept the building of "many thousands" of wind turbines as part of a new green energy strategy.
Ed Miliband, the Energy Secretary, announced yesterday that planning rules would be changed to make it easier for 6,000 onshore wind turbines to be built. Britain's "default position" would be to accept new onshore turbines, he said.
What this amounts to is a castration of local authorities and an end public consultation. This is "game over" for local democracy. Though I understand why this is more important. As you were.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The Economy Part 3 Cross Posted From LPUK Blog

LPUK does not support bailouts. While I have argued that limited banking bailouts were necessary, that is only in response to a regulatory intervention that should never have happened in the first place and would not have occurred under a libertarian administration.

It is true that when government seeks to resolve a problem it created, it tends to make things immeasurably worse. This is no different. However, the choices here are to let the full consequences hit and hit hard with a shorter recovery or whether to gradually deflate the economy in order to mitigate the very worst effects over a longer time. Essentially it's the difference between allowing an aeroplane to nose dive into a fireball or to let it glide into a controlled crash. Which is better will be one for economists, historians and other mystic rune readers. In this instance the UK has opted for the controlled crash method, the effectiveness of which is, frankly, anyones' guess.

There are those who argue that the bailouts are throwing good money after bad. It is not a weak argument. Unless the accounting rules are changed it is entirely likely that the effects will be zero and that the money will be swallowed whole for little return only to end up back here again. As it is unknown which CDO bundles are bad and which are good we have no way of knowing how much is required to restore capital adequacy and properly restart inter-bank lending. We may have given too much, we may have given too little.

As it happens the signs are that it appears to be working and that inter-bank lending is beginning to heat up again. This is probably down to the fact that the sub prime crisis was not as large as feared and market confidence among the banks has returned to some degree. But the greater fear among all this talk of "green shoots of recovery" is that we will enter a double dip recession.

The very panic that caused the collapse of interbank lending could ironically be the very thing that prompts a real sub-prime crisis. And not even "sub-prime" at that. The resultant job losses of the credit crunch and the contraction of the job market could lead to bigger credit defaults, not least on credit card debt which is now said to outstrip GDP. For all we know this could nullify the sum total of the bailouts and the bank would still collapse taking everything down with it.

But then by this point the sum we actually gave to the banks compared with other losses would be somewhat of a moot point. This is all dependent on how deep the unemployment rabbit hole really goes. Who can say? I would love to make grand pronouncements but I have seen people far better qualified than I (actually that's just about everyone) admit that they haven't a "scooby do", so it would be arrogant of me to indulge in direct certainties. My gut feeling is that this is one of those very few instances where government doing something is better that it doing nothing.

That being said our present administration has taken it upon itself to bailout everything that so much as squeaks. Rather than restricting bailout activity to safeguarding the continuation of UK PLC, it seeks to bring everything under its direct control. There are strong arguments for ensuring the biggies do not collapse but we have been too eager to to bailout minor building societies you've never heard of, in trouble not because they have been directly affected by the crisis but simply because they have made seriously questionable investments. The purpose of these bailouts is not therefore for our economic survival but to maintain favour with the electorate.

The second tier of the bailout strategy is Keynesian spending. The idea that spending public money on civic infrastructure will keep money moving and that the resultant improvements will have a net return for the economy. There is some wisdom in that. But this is our government we are talking about. Our governments definition of investment much differs from mine or yours.

When we imagine investment on civic infrastructure we think of roads, schools, bridges and railway links. Our government on the other hand thinks of windmills and carbon capture storage system of zero value to the economy. Furthermore, as we have discussed at length on this blog, not only will this policy result in an energy supply shortage, it will also quadruple our energy bills thus negating any beneficial action (whatever that might be) the government has taken on our behalf.

And for some reason it does not end with the banks and the national grid. Mandleson has plans afoot to "invest" in the auto industry. A case for libertarian non-intervention if ever there was one. But while there are votes to be had, jobs must be protected! And so we have a government out of control, spending like a bankers wife on bonus day.

But even if such measures worked, this is all a sticking plaster at best. Present policy is predicated on the idea that a debt based, consumer spending economy is sustainable and desirable. It isn't on either score. We need to be producing and exporting, be that innovations, technology or whatever. While we live in a country which punishes profit, stifles innovation and entrepreneurialism, drowns our enterprises in red tape and continues to shift the regulatory goal posts, we cannot hope to nurture or retain the businesses we need to maintain even present levels of employment and our bloated state. Not least while we are sill members of the EU.

With that in mind there is only one obvious choice at the ballot box.

The Economy Part 2- Cross posted from LPUK Blog

No government can ever control an economy, it can only manage its' response to events in it. We have already argued that we are better able to manage our response to those events if we retain sole authority over our regulatory systems. We do not, and never will, need outside bodies to ruin our economy. We are more than capable of doing that for ourselves. Following on from our earlier piece, we continue to explore how government intervention lead to our present economic predicament.

In the preceding piece I argued that the Mark to Market rules played a significant role in our downfall. But not only did Mark to Market cause rapid asset value deflation, it also created a bubble on the way up. As house prices continued to climb, so then did the value of CDO's. While the crash held them below their real worth, the rising market had them massively over valued.

Thanks to Capital Adequacy requirements, ie banks being able to lend up to their market worth, we saw an expansion in lending ability and subsequently a rush to capitalise on this phony wealth. The rush for lending has in fact got very little to do with the folklore that interest rates were held too low by the Bank of England. Commercial rates were set by individual banks concerned, using LIBOR as a guide only.

Almost secondary to this, while there was no regulatory compulsion to hand out bad loans, (unlike the US), there was certainly a relaxation of rules. While not entirely a bad thing, for many of us did make good returns on investments not accessable otherwise, the financial industry had a perfectly workable regulatory regime replaced with an inferior one (the FSA), not to liberalise our domestic system, but to go some way toward bringing the rest of Europe up to scratch.

This opened up a floodgate of previously unacceptable practices in the UK which various regulators failed to identify and act on. Not least the mis-selling of payment protection insurance and self-certification of earnings on mortgage applications, which allowed people to basically lie about their earnings with the full co-operation of commission paid brokers.

The governments response to this has, as usual, been to close the stable door after the horse has bolted and to use the sledgehammer to miss the nut. The fact that brokers are paid commission is not the heart of the problem. It was the fact they were lending against assets which did not exist. This was a wholly a failure of regulation and intervention by governments against the better advice of the industry. But it's much easier to blame greed and capitalism than to accept that governments have made catastrophic errors.

The libertarian view is that there should be as little regulation as possible but in this modern age with modern and complex systems, we recognise there is a necessity for better regulation. While we may trust in the ultimate self-regulating ability of free markets we most definitely do not trust in the goodness of the human spirit. Generally, if we can find new and innovative ways of being bastards to each other or find shortcuts with damaging consequences, then we will.

However the whole problem with our present approach to regulation is not that there is too much or too little, but the spirit in which it is written and applied. This phenomenon is what Eureferendum refers to as Bureaucratic Spongiform Encephalopathy. Translated, literally, this means "officials with holes in their brains".
Basically, every and any culture – civilisation, if you wish – needs regulation. That's what makes it a civilisation, pulling order out of anarchy. And basically, there are two different and entirely opposing philosophies of regulation. That is the crucial point here: we are not talking about the detail, but the philosophy.

For the purpose of definition, we can call these two philosophies, rule-based and result based. Each have very distinctive characteristics, illustrated by way of contrast.

First, rule-based regulation is based on the premise that all activity can be defined and regulated by means of detailed, tightly-drawn written rules, in order to achieve the desired result. Result-based regulation, on the other hand, recognises that human activity is so diverse and variable that it is impossible to define tight rules. This philosophy, therefore, relies on loosely drafted objectives and guidelines.

Second, rule-based regulation requires absolute conformity with the written rules – even when they are demonstrably wrong or inappropriate. "Success" is defined as conformity. Result-based regulation uses the written rules as guidelines, to be applied intelligently and flexibly, to be discarded or adapted as circumstances demand. Official rules are but one tool in a large and varied toolkit.

Third, rule-based regulation gives very little discretion to enforcement officers, and to those subject to the rules. It operates on the basis of apparatchiks applying the rulebook, who measure compliance with the rules and demand conformity with them, often backed by threats and draconian penalties.

Result-based regulation gives considerable discretion to enforcers, requiring of them a high degree of skill and judgement, asking them to assess activity in terms of whether the overall objectives set are or will be achieved. It allows a relaxed attitude to conformity with the letter of law, but requires adherence to the spirit, and thus permits considerable variation as to the means by which objectives are achieved. Penalties and punishment are regarded as a last resort, and rarely used.

In terms of this financial crisis, the old-style Bank of England was driven by a results-based philosophy. That was the foundation of its success and that is why, under its regime, no British bank collapsed for over 200 years.

Progressively though, with increasing speed, that philosophy has been replaced by the rule-based philosophy, which has spread upwards into the international system as well as downwards. It infects the United States as much as it does the UK as a member of the European Union.

It is that philosophy which spawned the Financial Services Authority, an organisation dedicated to securing conformity with an increasingly complex rule book but one which has no interest in the health of the economy or the financial system. But it is not the cause of the problem. It is a consequence of the shift in regulatory philosophy.

This is easily demonstrable. As Prof. Congdon observed, by and large, the financial services industry complied with the rules. And it went bust. It is the victim of a regulatory system that does not and could not deal with the result – the objective – of regulation, which was to maintain a sound, healthy financial system.

In adopting the rule-based system, that is where we have gone so catastrophically wrong. We need to ditch this system in its entirety and return to a results-based philosophy.
All good stuff. But we are still barking up the wrong tree, for some of us share responsibility in our downfall. There is something more fundamental which drives us to indebt ourselves beyond our ability to pay. In the united States the banks were given the free reign. In the UK, we were. We have all but eliminated risk from our lives.

On matters of health, pensions, employment protection, education and housing we are now absolved from making any individual preparations. In matters of debt we may spend until the cows come home. What is the very worst that can happen? You can spend other peoples money until the cows come home knowing that should anything go wrong you might be asked to fill in a form and your debts will go away, just so long as you don't borrow any more. Consequences? What consequences?

We are children in the eyes of the government, incapable of making grown up choices and so vulnerable that we need protecting not just from the big bad world but also from ourselves. And in seeking to do this it has made us clients of the state and slaves to it. We have built this society over sixty years to the point where the assumption of most people is that the first and only port of call to get something done is the government, and government has gladly assumed this role. It has not taken power but been granted more and more power by us. Governments never take power. They are given it.

But now we are now faced with a government that has outgrown its role as benevolent protector into an all consuming, corporate monolith. It pays for our health and so it dictates what we can eat and drink. Very soon it will partly own our motor industry (again) and so it will dictate what we drive. And what better excuse than an economic crisis to grab more power?

As Jefferson said: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take everything you have" or words to that effect. But it isn't just the physical things it has taken. It has taken our most precious of assets: Our Independence, self reliance and our sense of personal responsibility. In all possible areas we are wrapped in cotton wool, cossetted and protected to the point where free will barely comes into it. We are bailed out at every turn at the corporate level and the individual level. And that brings us on the the subject of part three. Bailouts.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Press Release 7th July 2009




NEWS RELEASE


Libertarian Party fields
youngest ever parliamentary candidate
at Norwich North


Thomas Burridge, aged 18, is the Libertarian Party candidate for the upcoming Norwich North by-election, and is set to make history as the youngest person ever to contest a Westminster seat. Thomas was accepted offically by the Returning Officer today.

Thomas is aware that his age may raise a few eyebrows. “People may ask what can I possibly know about anything at my age? Well, one thing I do know is that Labour excesses have left my generation with a massive debt that will take generations to pay off.” “It’s all the more painful because we were not given any say in the decisions that have forced us to spend the rest of our lives in debt.”

“Currently, the Tories and Labour are squabbling about cutting state spending by a pathetic 5 per cent. Whereas, the Libertarian Party want to scrap the whole rotten system. A system that has given us high personal taxes, squalid services and a corrupt parliament.” “I may not win this time, but I will be back in five years, and in another five years, if necessary. By which time, the guilty ones will be wallowing in their generous pensions – while my generation – The Debt Generation – will still be paying back the money that was squandered.”

The Libertarian Party believes in individual liberty, personal responsibility and freedom from government. Its most prominent policy is to scrap income tax, and transfer taxes to non-essential goods, leaving items such as food, heating and rent tax-free.

ENDS

For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact the Libertarian Party Norwich North Campaign Office on 01603 850573 or the media enquiries mobile on 07505 228618.

Further details are available on our campaign website: http://www.thomasburridge.com
Alternatively, visit the Libertarian Party website: http://www.lpuk.org

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Norwich North: The Libertarians have come to town – 18-year-old Libertarian candidate Thomas Burridge vows to make Tory Chloe Smith "history"

Thomas Burridge

The battle lines are drawn in the Norwich North by-election fight to nab the seat left empty by Labour’s Ian Gibson, who was forced to resign over the MPs expenses scandal.

The odds-on favourite to win the hotly-contested seat, which will be fought on July 23rd, is 27-year-old Conservative Chloe Smith, who has fierce ambition for a career in politics written all over her (this isn’t a good thing, in case you were wondering).

The hapless Labour candidate, Chris Ostrowski, a member of Labour’s Christian Socialist movement (Christ, not more Christians), isn’t considered to have a hope in hell - even Gordon Brown is tetchily refusing to discuss his chances.

David Cameron, who has visited Norwich North twice to support Chloe Smith, thinks his party has the contest in the bag.

Well, I wouldn’t be so sure, Dave...

The Libertarians have come to town in the form of 18-year-old Thomas Burridge. He vows to make Chloe Smith and her brand of career Conservatism "history."

OK. He might not do it this time round. But the likes of Chloe Smith, who represent the "old guard" of professional politicians, will go the way of the dinosaurs one day (arguably in less than a decade).

Why?

Because no substance, image-only politicians like Chloe Smith (and her puppet master David Cameron) are NOT relevant to Britain’s society today. They are not interested in life experience. All they are after is a career in politics.

In other words, they have their sights on YOUR (tax) money. Yes, they might do a token job of cleaning up MPs expenses. But make no mistake, professional politicians like Chloe Smith and David Cameron will find a way of getting their "squeaky clean" mits on your tax dollars (I’d should have said pounds, but it never sounds as good).

Why are the Libertarians any different?

Because Libertarians do not believe in career politics. Nor do they believe in big, bloated government - local or national. They believe in low taxes and freedom of the individual to live his or her life as they choose, so long as it does not harm others in any way.

What’s more, Libertarians encourage self-reliance and entrepreneurship. Unlike the Tories and Labour, they don’t maintain a welfare system that makes if more lucrative for a million or more people to languish on incapacity benefits, rather than gain the self-respect of earning money through a job or by being self-employed.

But wait, the Norwich North Libertarian candidate is only 18...

You could argue that a kid of 18 hasn’t got any life experience. And you’d have a fair point. But if you bear in mind that 1 million 18-24 year olds in Britain have no training and no jobs, you could argue that Thomas Burridge is a valid spokesperson for his generation - unlike the Tory Cloe Smith who, as I’ve said, is merely looking to feather her nest as a professional politician.

Ian Parker-Joseph, leader of the Libertarian Party UK, puts it this way:

"One of the things that has been made clear, especially by the younger members of our party, is that the so called ’experts’, the ’professional politicians’ and the older generations have seriously let them down, left them with debts that they will probably never be able to repay and they are mightily hacked off about it.

"They now want their say, in the places that matter, in those places where the decisions are made, and Thomas is one such young man, who having now completed his exams in political studies is ready to stand up and be counted.

"It comes down to the old adage, If you keep voting the same, you will continue to get the same. So it is time for new, fresh faces with fresh ideas to come forward to keep these older politicians on their toes, to start putting forward policies that put the people first, that honestly take care of our rights, liberties and freedoms that the older generations of politicians have eroded, and are continuing to undermine and erode."

Lastly, all I can say is: Don’t vote for career politicians like Chloe Smith, they’ll only rip you off for yet more taxes (the Tories aren’t really the party of low taxes, any more than Labour is).

Instead, vote Libertarian. Vote for individual freedom. Be all that you can be.

Visit: http://www.lpuk.org/

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

LPUK Norwich North Candidate.

For those of you who have not been following the blog, I am Thomas Burridge, I am the LPUK candidate for Norwich North. First off let’s deal with the main issue that many people will have with my candidacy, I am 18 years old. I suspect your first thought will be ‘he’s too young to be an MP’, granted experience can have its value but the fact remains; decisions are being taken now in the houses of parliament that will continue to hound my generation for the rest of our lives. Debt is the central issue amongst these, with each man, woman and child in the country having £40,000 worth on debt over their head, regardless of whether they were given a say in the creation of New Labour’s monumental national debt, a debt that Conservative and LibDem policies will do little to reduce.

There must be a realisation that politics requires the younger generation to be involved, Britain is heading for a democratic crisis, with electoral turnout at its lowest amongst younger voters, something must be done to tackle the wave of cynicism that infects the youth. By electing one of our number, young people can begin to realise that perhaps the system has not forgotten and forsaken them but that it is possible to break through the perceived walls set against us.

The Libertarian Party is the only party that has the ideas necessary to take Britain into a golden age of freedom and prosperity. LPUK knows that the only way for Britain to have wealth and stability is to have a system in place where business can complete freely and fairly, that to have freedom we must roll back the New Labour police state and give people the freedom to make their own decisions about their lives.

More details will follow shortly.

The Kiss of Death- Norwich North By Election

Keep Gordon away from East Anglia

Monday, 29 June 2009

Libertarian Party at 500/1 Norwich North By Election



So we start at 500/1, bloody marvellous, we are looking at this as the first real opportunity to get the idea over to the public that the State is bloated, unproductive and is bringing the country to its knees. With its twin parasite Corporatism in the form of the Banks sucking us dry, its about time that the simple idea that we are all free, it is not neccessary for this country to thrive by being over governed by people who are personally corrupt and think that spending vast swathes of our cash is normal.


My name is Thomas Burridge and I am eighteen waiting to go to University, I am the Libertarian Party Candidate for Norwich North.

Most sensible people will be saying what the hell does he know about anything- This is what I do know the last twelve years
of Labour has left my generation in massive debt, my generation will be paying off the excesses of the last twelve years for the rest of our lives,
not only my generation, by our as yet unborn children. Did we have any say in spending the rest of our lives in debt ? No we did not.

Currently the Tories and Labour are arguing about cutting a pifling 5% of our current bloated State spending. The LPUK are talking about
scrapping the whole rotten system, that has given us high personal taxes, squalid services, a corrupt Parliament and starting again.

I may not win this time, but I will be back in five years, and in another five years and in another five years, by the then guilty ones will
still be wallowing in their pensions or will be long dead, but the debt will be there.

I am from the Debt Generation only the LPUK has fresh answers from a new Generation.





It starts from here

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Dead Men Walking




In September The House of Lords will determine its decision on the ongoing OFT v All the Banks over unfair charging.( Last Chance for the Banks)

Listening to the commentators on the Banks Legal Team, 'They have given up' 'The Banks are dead men walking' 'The best they could come up with was the dire warning of what would happens to the Banks if they are compelled to refund all unfair charges going back to 1997 when the regulations came in.

If Labour are hoping that the economy is going to improve by the time of their conference, think again. The economy will implode as the Banks squeal for more of our money, and we collectively tell them to fcuk off.

Brown is already preparing his exit strategy, I am going to teach ! FFS

Between now and the Autumn , the Banks will be calling in loans, restricting credit,driving businesses to the wall- waiting for the Armageddon to come in September.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Thursday, 11 June 2009

And Then He Goes And Ruins It By Saying Restore The Authority Of Parliamemt






As much as I find Hague amusing and erudite, making Cameron look the twit he is, Hague ruins a perfectly good speech by saying we must restore the Authority of Parliament by having a General Election.

Two points Billy Boy, the People have the Authority in this setup, not Parliament. Parliament is only loaned Sovereignity by the electorate, that is the bit the 646 always forget, this sustains their arrogance and their theft. It sustains their view that only they can provide 'essential services'. Secondly it betrays that the Tory Party is still deeply Authoritarian at its heart and will never give way to Electoral Reform.

The two major parties have been caught with their collective hand in the Taxpayer's wallet.

Devolving all power apart from Defence and Foreign affairs away from Westmister is the only way forward, only when power is devolved closer to the electorate, will things ever change.

There is no service that is essential that cannot be done better and cheaper by anybody than by the corrupt,bloated inefficient State.

Westminster does not know how to do anything different to the way it is doing it now, until the 646 are brought to heel, nothing will improve or change.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Ceau┼čescu At Least Had the Good Grace to Do A Runner






The reports and rumours of moves against Gordon in the next twenty-four hours are coming thick and fast. Falconer being the layest to put the boot in.

If and it is a big if Gordon goes, the Labour Party cannot 'appoint' another Prime Minister in another 'palace coup'. What sort of Constitution do we have where the people of this country are completly sidelined.

If I was a betting man, either Gordon is going to call an election so that he stays in post, or he will be replaced and that caretaker will have to call an election.

A second imposed PM is completly unacceptable.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Repeal Before Reform -- join the group

Are you on Facebook, had enough of politicians throwing their hands up and proclaiming "We can change, just give us one more chance, we'll reform the system..."

Does this sound like you? If it does you should join the Libertarian Party's Repeal Before Reform group on Facebook.

The group has been set up to demand the repeal of all draconian laws before any reform is enacted...
In the UK there is an urgent need to step back from the Police State and Big Brother government and return those rights and Liberties already lost to the public. That need has not gone away simply because politicians have been caught with their fingers in the taxpayer till.

LPUK drafted a programme of repeal of the draconian laws that are needed before we start messing with the constitution that we should all campaign for.

We must not let talk of reform smother or sideline the issue of lost rights. We must not let discredited politicians fudge and shape the agenda to suit themselves.

Repeal before Reform.

Join today and tell Big Brother where he can stick it.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

We Still Need Your Support With Donations



This Darien Government is now in freefall, an Election is sooner rather than later. We are hoping to put ten candidates forward in the South-East alone, and other are throwing their name in the ring.

The widget is now up and running on the blogs showing monies received since the appeal ten days ago.

We can only repeat the appeal for whatever you can spare.

Last year we set up a pledge bank in case of an Election. We would like to go down the same route again. The pledge will be called in on the morning that the GE is called.

Make your pledge at donate@lpuk.org

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Politics.co.uk Interview

Thought I would point you in the direction of the Libertarian Party's first main stream political interview.

It was done by Ian Dunt of Politics.co.uk on our humble leader Ian PJ...

Right wing but socially liberal: Could the Libertarian party leader pick up the spoils of the expenses scandal on June 4th?

In the future this will be called the expenses election. Even candidates for the local elections can't get enough of it. And with so many members of the public obsessing over MPs' duck houses or house extensions those involved in the local elections can't afford to not have a view.

Ian Parker-Joseph, leader of the newly-formed Libertarian party, has a different attitude to most politicians, who have concentrated on proving how serious they are with promises of constitutional change.

"This particular frenzy about constitutional reforms is very much a red herring," he says. "As a party we would be looking for repeal of the many laws which have taken away our rights and liberties before we even discuss reform."


Good to see we're beginning to get some attention from the media. Well done Ian. And thanks must go to Ian Dunt.

Rob Waller

Friday, 29 May 2009

Reform Is Pointless.....Without Control Of Our Money



There is a general national mood for reform of the way we are governed at present, I never thought it would be a global recession coupled with the expenses row that would bring it about.

However there are two types of Reform being proposed at present, one is that of the three main parties tinkering around the edges, setting up scrutiny committees dah de dah de dah- and the other one from frustrated members of the public who want this ‘Rotten Parliament ‘ cleared out now, not next month, not next year but now with a General Election.

Both presuppose that the ‘system’ will plod on much the same as before with a few bolt ons, a ‘recall’ system which I think is a given now that it has support from just about everybody, and fixed term Parliaments which is also gaining strong support. I think Cleggy has got it right, no summer hols until you sort this out, and involve the people in a Referendum on the Constitution- NO MORE TOP DOWN EVER- I am firmly in the STV/AV+ camp and have been for thirty years, I am not terrified of everybody having a say in how the country is run, and would have the Swiss Cantonal system here tomorrow morning. Switzerland and Germany run effectively with devolved power, and we desperately need a written Constitution with checks and balances in favour of individual Liberty against the State, not one that presupposes vice versa as Straw would have.

All of this chat is very well, but the one major reform above all else is the way we finance Government.

What should we pay to central Government for-

The Libertarian view is only two- Defence and Foreign Relations. Number of MP’s needed 100 tops

Everything else can be delegated to the County level, including tax raising powers.

( You will not get somebody risking robbing you blind if they are standing next to you in Tesco’s checkout, and no need for second homes and 800 inch TV’s)

How do you raise Revenue-?

The system that currently operates where the State deprives you of your money before you get it (PAYE) has to end, if you had to write out a large cheque every year you would think about what it was being spent on and would be interested in politics, rather than feeling you had been mugged and could do nothing about it.

The system where companies large and small are under the obligation to act as unpaid Tax collectors has to end, along with it the threats to companies from the hirelings of HMRC. Companies are set up to make profits for the shareholders, NOT to be an extension of the State. End deductions at source for Court fines, the Child Support Agency, this is nothing but a burden on industry, if the State is going to impose these sanctions let the State collect the money. The insidious use of private enterprise to do the States bidding must end, ie Tesco’s and ID cards.

Lastly not one, not one organisation should be in receipt of a penny of the public purse unless the Board are elected. This goes for the Police, including the Chief Constable, every Quango, Private enterprise like ACPO and the fake charities.

Deprive the State of Money, it will wither and die, the corruption happens because it can, because they are taking our money without consent and under the threat of violence or loss of Liberty.

You can only change your Constitution through the destruction of your Society caused by War, or in times of Economic Stress/Crisis. This moment in peacetime will not come for decades, we should not waste this time.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Appeal For Election Fund



The election is drawing ever nearer, the hot money is now on October 2009.

We urgently need to raise £10 000 to support our candidates, that is merely the equivalent of £12.50 per paid up member ! Please give £15 out of your May or June paypacket to make this happen, it will be going into a designated Election Fund

The artwork and text for the leaflets is done and paid for.

Rob Waller and myself are updating the database so that we can start putting out monthly newsletters and appeals letters.

If you can spare more please give more, if you are unemployed,an OAP or Student and cash is beyond tight, give that other form of capital your time, it is just as valuable

Andrew Hunt- Libertarian Candidate

Andrew is standing in Wisbech South for the Libertarians, all help and assistance greatly appreciated.