Saturday, May 31, 2008

LPUK to stand in Henley

Ian Parker-Joseph: LPUK candidate for Henley.

Although we felt that the Crewe and Nantwich contest was too soon, as has been highlighted on UK Polling Report, the Libertarian Party will be fielding a candidate, Ian Parker-Joseph, in the Henley by-election (whenever that might be).

Ian has a campaign blog, as well as his usual place; he has been an enthusiastic supporter of LPUK from the very beginning and is a thoroughly nice chap too. He has been in Henley this week, doing the rounds of the pubs and gauging opinion: apparently, "the message seems to be going down fairly well, especially with the younger crowd."

As always, we need help and support from anyone who would like to help us spread the libertarian message: we reckon that we need a minimum of £4,000 to get any kind of campaign going. Please feel free to donate to the party over the coming weeks; however, please note that we do not accept donations from companies (we are no fans of corporatism), only from individuals on the Electoral Register.

If you can donate time that would be fantastic. More importantly, we need a premises in Henley (or any of the surrounding constituencies: Buckingham, Aylesbury, Wycombe, Maidenhead, Reading East, Reading West, Newbury, Wantage, Oxford West & Abingdon, Oxford East, Banbury) that we can use as a Registered Office for an election agent (it can even be a private residence). This will save us a considerable amount of money, and you will earn undying gratitude. And, of course, if you live in Henley, please read our manifesto, talk about us and vote for us...

If anyone wants to help, please email me using the address at the top of the sidebar. It's time for all libertarians to stand up and be counted: do you believe enough to make it happen, or are you happy just to talk about it?


WHY NOT TRY FREEDOM INSTEAD?

VOTE LIBERTARIAN.


UPDATE: thanks for all of the offers of help: we now have an address! Obstacle #1 conquered...

UPDATE 2: a revised caption...


WHY NOT TRY FREEDOM INSTEAD?

VOTE LIBERTARIAN.

17 comments:

Jon Worth said...

I assume you're doing the graphics for his site? It looks smart, although it does concern me that the branding of the Libertarian Party is better than the branding of the Labour Party at the moment...

Andrew Zalotocky said...

DK, you should change the slogan on that image to something like "Why not freedom as well?" rather than "instead". The word "instead" implies that it's an absolute choice between one or the other, which is the false choice offered by authoritarians whenever they want to scare us into giving up real freedoms for a promise of security.

A libertarian view of personal security, as something that arises naturally from an armed and vigilant citizenry, should surely portray liberty and security as being complimentary rather than in conflict.

Also, the image confuses the message because the children appear to be alone in a dark wood, which is a traditional image of fear and danger. The addition of a CCTV camera isn't enough to offset the connotations of the image, so you risk having people read the message as saying that their children can be free or secure but not both, and that LPUK would only offer freedom.

Andrew Zalotocky said...

jon worth: the only thing that Labour can do to limit the damage now is to ditch Gordon Brown and then call a general election.

If Brown stays in power until 2010 Labour will suffer a massive defeat, and Britain will suffer from having an exhausted, ineffectual and discredited Prime Minister stumbling from blunder to blunder for another two years. But if we have a second PM appointed from within the Labour party without facing a general election he or she would lack any popular legitimacy. The public would be furious, and would want to punish Labour for it when the election did finally arrive.

The only way to improve Labour's branding would be to change its name to "The Send Gordon Brown To The Antarctic To Read His Bloody Statistics To The Penguins Party". Even then, the animal rights people would be against you.

Anonymous said...

The Libertarian Party article on Wiki has been nominated for deletion

robert arbon said...

I agree with Andrew - Freedom and Security aren't mutually exclusive, I mean surely that is part of the libertarian message!

Ade said...

Good luck in Henley, and don't be disheartened if you only garner a few tens of votes: it's going to take a few years before LPUK is a major force.

About that picture, I agree with some of the other comments here, it needs some work. First problem (IMHO) is it's so obviously photoshopped that it detracts from the message. If you're going to use this imagary, I'd strongly recommend begging/borrowing some dummy CCTV cameras, and re-shooting the scene with the cameras "installed" in the trees. Oh, and add a speed camera or three as well, and some useless and overbearing signage might be an idea too.

The trick, I feel, would be to make the cameras (and other street furniture) more oppressive than the image of two girls alone in the woods...

Ian B said...

The image says to me "security cameras will even keep your children safe in the woods", and I'm a libertarian. It implies that libertarians will take that freedom away.

As to the wikipedia libertarian party being deleted, not surprising. The policy for a long while there is that things in articles need to have some cultural impact to be worthy of inclusion. So fart he UKLP hasn't had that.

Old Holborn - bitter and twisted said...

I would prefer a poster of the Cabinet wearing orange jump suits, banged up in jail and a jail guard saying

"Don't worry, I'm sure we can sort out this nonsense regarding Labour peerages for donations and your expenses in the next 42 days"

Either that or a photoshopped image of Broons head on Mussolinis shoulders hanging upside down from the gallows

Bastards

Old Holborn - bitter and twisted said...

I want car stickers.

I'm a member of the LPUK and I want stickers that say:

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

( I also want Stickers that say Gordon Broon is a complete cunt. DIE you Scotch fucker! )

Anonymous said...

Old Holborn - whilst, personally, I agree with your sentiment, I don't think Martin will approve... :)

Devil's Kitchen said...

Thanks for the feedback: 'twas very much an off-the-cuff idea and I take note...

Jon,

Yes, it is indeed myself doing the LPUK graphics. Maybe you should apply to rebrand Labour...?

DK

Letters From A Tory said...

Ade said "it's going to take a few years before LPUK is a major force"

Or, of course, it might never be a major force.

Johnny said...

Nowhere near good enough. Take a look at Oleg Volk's stuff and then think again.

Like this one

Oleg's site (one of them).

Old Holborn - bitter and twisted said...

How about a simple sign that says

"They think we are all cunts, prove them wrong and shove a pineapple up their fucking arses.

Fresh pineapples, only £1.50 at the Libertarian Party"

Ian_QT said...

I like the new caption.

cabalamat said...

As to the wikipedia libertarian party being deleted...

... why not put up an article on the LPUK on Includipedia instead? Includipedia is the inclusionist alternative to Wikipedia -- articles won't get deleted just be cause some arsehole thinks they're not important enough.

cabalamat said...

... why not put up an article on the LPUK on Includipedia instead?

Done it here.