And even in this era of political mendacity and duplicity, it must be pretty clear to everyone that Cameron is a Tory. Look at all of the little of signals he has sent out that would indicate that he is a Conservative. Like joining the Tory Party. And working for a former Tory Minister. And then becoming a Tory MP. Before becoming the Conservative Party leader. Let's be honest, he is a Conservative through and through.
And as a result, if you are a Libertarian, you are wasting your time if you support Cameron. In fact, and at the risk of repeating myself, if you are a Libertarian who supports the Conservative, you are part of the problem, not the solution. Seriously, the Conservatives are not that different from the Labour party. As soon as the shit hits the fan after they become the government, the Tories will show their socially conservative ways. Deep down they are no more Libertarian that the Labour party - it is just that their disregard for freedom takes on a different tone to that of the Labour party.
But what then, should Libertarians do? Well, some will vote for Cameron's Tories at the next election, on what I am calling the "Barbary Ape Principle"* and that I can understand. Get Labour out, by all means; but there is something else that you can do.
There is an alternative. Yes, LPUK is a tiny party with a long way to go before they get anywhere near being a real political force in this country. Yes, it make take years - if not decades - before they are in a position to form a government. And yeah, there is no chance of them being the opposition (let alone the government) after Brown finally concedes to go to the electorate in 2010. But you know what, if you a Libertarian and support the Libertarian party you have just as much chance of their being a Libertarian government after the next election as you do if you support the Tories - precisely zero. However, if you support LPUK you have the chance for a real Libertarian party in the future. Whereas if you support the Tories, you can guarantee two things - the crushing disappointment of the social conservatism of the Tories combined with the maintenance of the statues quo.
LPUK currently boasts a little over 300 members, scattered around the country. Tiny, insignificant and just learning to get to grips with this politics thing: we are not natural politicians—after all, our aim is to make the state so fucking tiny that almost doesn't matter who wins a general election. Perhaps we will never make it—honesty has never been a successful trait in those running for government.
But that doesn't mean that we won't give it a shot anyway, and you can help. Join the party online, or donate some money or time (it doesn't matter how much or how little) and help shape policy in our forum (yes, you do have a direct say).
We are currently organising our first conference (or AGM, or whatever you want to call it) and, having progressed through the first year (albeit quietly), we are now ready to move to the next stage.
I shall, as usual, attempt to remain my usual non-partisan self, but the opportunity to vote for something that I actually believe in—rather than voting for the party that I loathe the least—is an exciting one.
Wouldn't you like to discuss how you voted and not have to apologise for this policy and those loonies: wouldn't you like to stand tall and justify your choice without a twinge of guilt? Wouldn't you like to be able to say, "I'm a libertarian and I believe in personal freedom: and so I voted for the UK Libertarian Party and I am proud to have done so"?
I'm looking forward to it, I can tell you...
UPDATE: as Manic notes, I have yet to blog about the Fringe session that I took part in. However, we did inevitably discuss whether right-wing blogs would be less vociferous once the Tories got into government. Everyone vigourously denied this, of course, although my reply was something like this...
The only reason that I would be in trouble is if Cameron and the Tories started doing good things.
I don't think that there is any danger of that.
* Coined by Pater Devil. As in "I would vote for a Barbary Ape to get these Labour shits out of government."