Libertarian Alliance Comment on Election Result


Sean Gabb, Director, Libertarian Alliance

This was not a general election in which a distinctively libertarian force was likely to win power. There was also no chance of a win for traditionalist conservatives. We were not seriously consulted on the European Union, the American alliance, immigration, multiculturalism, drugs, due process civil liberties, the response to alleged man-made climate change, the dominance of big business corporatism, and many other issues of great importance. Instead, given the electoral system we have, we had a choice between difference emphases within a single consensus.

I chose to vote Conservative because, on balance, I believed that the Labour Party was the most likely to turn the country into a naked police state. I am glad that Labour lost. At the same time, I am glad that the Conservatives did not win an overall majority. Given that anything short of a huge and unmanageable majority would have given David Cameron all reason to suppose he was the Anointed One, a hung Parliament is the best outcome.

A Con-Lib pact or whatever sort will not address the issues mentioned above. But it probably will abolish identity cards and the database state that it fronts. It will probably not “regulate” home education. It may rein in the Police and the bureaucracy. Even if the country does not become a better place, it may not grow worse as fast as it would under a Labour Government.

Above all, a majority Labour Government would have fixed the system to keep itself in power forever. It would have used its own creatures in the Police and the bureaucracy to harass and perhaps even to murder its opponents. A Con-Lib pact will do none of these things. It will allow a free and fair election at the end of its term, in which some distinctively libertarian or traditionalist force may have a better chance of making its voice heard.

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19 responses to “Libertarian Alliance Comment on Election Result

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  2. Richard Cummings

    A Tory-Lib Dem alliance would take a miracle. Now that Brown has offered the Lib Dems the Proportional Representation it has long sought, a Lib Lab coalition, along with a bunch of smaller parties, would give Brown an overall majority. I am betting on that, not because I want it but because Brown is shrewd and has been underestimated. Leave him to him to defy the wishes of the electorate and prevail.

  3. British Politics is controlled by the Committee of 300.

    http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/world/2010/03/447073.html

  4. In Brown’s year of government the poor got poorer, the rich got poorer, but the real money (Sunday Times Top 100 Rich List) saw their money average out at 30% higher.

    With the present result, I see those same people making another 30% this year, and the rest of us becoming poorer.

  5. Dave Faulks

    I concur, Sean. The result is the best of available outcomes – and ensures that there’s a certain amount of humility among the participating parties. There’s a lot that needs to be done before the next election is called; the public need to be made aware of the dangerous place into which we’ve been pushed by the regime consensus. I’ve already told Nicky Morgan (newly-elected Conservative MP for Loughborough) that if Cameron reneges on his election pledges to repeal unjust Labour laws and dismantle the database state, the discerning electorate won’t forgive at the next election. Until then, the fight continues. What dismays me, though is the degree to which the Tavistock Institute has succeeded in brainwashing intelligent people into being unreflective sloganeers..

  6. Tony Hollick

    Sean:

    You are correct in thinking that a LibDem/Con coalition may be the least harmful of the available options. I voted LibDem and you voted Conservative and we may soon have a coalition government. Outright majorities would corrupt any of the parties into thinking that they have a mandate from Heaven to boss us all around. We shall see…

    Tony

  7. “We were not seriously consulted on the European Union, the American alliance, immigration, multiculturalism, drugs, due process civil liberties, the response to alleged man-made climate change, the dominance of big business corporatism, and many other issues of great importance. ”

    Nor will we ever be consulted on these issues, at least not fairly. Elections are just a faction fight within the permanent government and are determined within a matrix of discussion pre-ordered by the propaganda arm of the system. Arguably another heavy helping of Labour would have completely disrdited the system itself – that might have been a better outcome than putting a patch on the Titanic.

    As far as murdering political opponents is concerned, I would think Mr. Farage’s plane crash bears close examination. Hopefully he will make a full and complete recovery.

  8. Modern politics mostly involve you voting between a crap sandwich and pooh-pooh pie. Doesn’t matter who you vote for, you lose and the establishment wins. There’s only a couple of politicians worth their salt. People need to stop obeying bad laws, police need to side with the people, and everyone needs to start acting like free humans beings rather than obedient sheep. Maybe then we will avoid Greece’s fate.

  9. Tony Hollick

    How are the police supposed to side with the people when they act like an army of occupation? They are widely seen as tax-collectors by motorists and others.

    Tony

  10. Henry Kaye

    I agree with your comments Sean but I despair of ever seeing a government of any hue that will deal with the issues that concern the (probably) 10% of the electorate capable of recognising the perils that assault us.
    We are desperately in need of a leader who is not contaminated by the ideology that has seemingly infected our current crop of political animals.

  11. Graham Davies

    EMac

    I think I agree with you here. But, we have a coalition government and let’s see how it goes.

    In the meantime, I would love to see some sort of movement built up which can unite all strands of traditionalist and libertarian thought to challenge the status quo.

  12. I think too much is made out of Cameron, & even out of the General Election.

    The thing to do is to change current common sense from fearing the market as a small child might fear the dark & from seeing the state as relatively safe. The reality is that market gears us to serve others but the state to abuse them. That reality needs to become the new common sense & then the other problems will almost automatically be sorted out by a more realistic public.

  13. Yes, but it will be nice to see the back of Gordon Brown

  14. Spencer Whitlock

    Come back John Major, all is forgiven!

  15. Freddie Merrydown

    We get the government we deserve? I fear with the level of state dependency this government has engineered that will now never change

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  18. Butler Shaffer

    Sean: An interesting response. I have a bumper sticker on my office window that reads” “Pray for Gridlock.” That’s a good short-term strategy.

  19. Tony Hollick

    Are you the Butler Shaffer who wrote “Violence as the Product of Imposed Order”?

    Tony Hollick