To get out of the statist mess we have let ourselves grow round us, there were three options:
(1) Let the Libertarian Alliance be a think-tank and broad church for the airing and publication of widely-different ideas about Law, Liberty and opinion. On the whole, we manage this very well. But the LA’s officers are broadly agreed that this organisation ought not to be the nucleus of a political party.
(2) Infiltrate the Conservative Party – the least statist of the major parties with already-established grass-roots organisations. Thus to redirect the supertanker, as it were, at least towards a more classical liberal course. This I remember was once Chris Tame’s favoured strategy.
(3) If this could not be achieved, try another (such as UKIP?)
(4) Failing all else, smile with benignity on any sound Libertarian efforts to go it alone. See for this, the UK Libertarian Party, and a formal welcome onto this chaotic stage, to you guys!
Clearly if something is not done about the creeping tyranny emanating from Westminster (be it driven ultimately by the EU or not, and I increasingly think not) then the battle for individual freedom in Britain is lost. There are some who think it already is. The failure of the Tories to do more than rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic is inexcusable. So is the failure of UKIP, the other current Last best Hope, to recognise that (a) to invite a major speaker without exhaustively checking his views on contentious and infammatory issues and (b) to then ban him from speaking again because he expressed one of them in passing.
So we are left with the Libertarian Party. I personally am relieved at last that such a thing exists, although the official position on this of the LA, insofar as we have one, is atheist or agnostic. It may concentrate the minds of the more aware voters about what’s happeneing to us. If it splits the “Tory vote”, so be it; the Tories have not shown any inclination to fight the real battles of liberty for at least 25 years.
I’m sure that if it invited Sean to speak, he’d re-iterate what a burden he would be to its electoral chances, and in return they’d greet his contribution in the spirit in which he offered it.