UKIP, other British political parties, and Libertarianism: I am delighted that there is now a Libertarian Party, since the others are all statist or useless …

David Davis

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.

5 responses to “UKIP, other British political parties, and Libertarianism: I am delighted that there is now a Libertarian Party, since the others are all statist or useless …

  1. Well, we do have a meet on the 29th…


  2. I share David’s view of the Libertarian Party. I am not sure if it will succeed, but I hope it will. I also agree that the Libertarian Alliance will look benignly on this new project, but does not wish to be formally involved. Our job is to see that the libertarian case is put in all its diversity.

  3. Is it possible to be a member of the Conservative Party and another at the same time?

  4. I can’t see why not. After all, the Tories traditionally want (a) your money, and (b) your help stuffing leaflets, canvassing etc, and “telling”. This is what’s called being in “grass roots” organisation. The “grass roots” have been recently there to be cannon-fodder, and insulted by “new” Notting Hill tories who mocked their beliefs.

    Having said that, David Cameron and his people seem to be doing quite well lately. It can’t be on the votes of “old” Tories, who are either dead or insulted. He must be picking up votes from “new” “Labour”, as the libdems are polling level oevr time. So there is even more need for a libertarian party, for whom “grass roots” at this time are an unattainable luxury – but give them time.

  5. They’re probably doing well just because Labour are looking bad at the moment, what with the unholy trinity of Brown, Balls and their Darling as the best they can muster.

    We must remember that most of the population aren’t very political and are rather whimsical about their voting, especially these days when there’s so little difference between the parties it’s largely a beauty contest.

    Broon isn’t a likeable man, Balls is sinister, his shrill wife repellent, and the remainder, the various “Babes”, Darling and Millipede come across as the slimy twerps they are. Cameron, despite being a vacuous knob-end at least seems quite nice and well meaning in a “don’t let him near the controls” kind of way. And that Eurostooge whatsisname Clegg managed to entirely destroy himself the instant he took over.

    So the Tories are rising more by accident than for any other reason. It’s not like they’re actually doing anything useful, or anything.