Friday, January 02, 2009

Libertarian Party update

As of yesterday, the UK Libertarian Party has been in existence for a year and, whilst others may criticise, we have been relatively pleased with the progress so far. Our intention was always to take things slowly and to try to ensure that we got it right first time, rather than ending up with massive splits and rows (as has happened to most other political parties) although obviously, it's far too early to tell whether we have got that bit right or not!

The irony inherent in LPUK was that, for the first year, the five members of the National Co-ordinating Committee kept a very tight rein on party process. This was always intended to be a temproary measure and one of the main developments at the recent AGM was a series of constitutional amemdments that allowed, for the first time, the official existence of local branches.

These were starting to slowly coalesce anyway and, although the fine details of the structure have yet to be finalised, a number of areas now have their own blogs:

Do get in touch with the organisers should you wish to help out. Alternatively, just find out when the next meeting is to be: the South East branch tend to meet at the Rose & Crown in Southwark every month and your humble Devil will certainly be attending the next meet on the evening of Thursday 8th January.

This year, the LPUK will be upping its game and we will actually be putting up election candidates, for a political party that you cannot vote for is a little pointless, eh?

Onwards and upwards...

12 comments:

ChrisM said...

Happy 1st Birthday LPUK. Its my only new year's resolution to join LPUK this year. (If the site accepted credit card's I'd have done so by now - what can I say, I'm a lazy libertarian)

All the best for 2009.

Devil's Kitchen said...

ChrisM,

I believe that the site does accept credit cards, through PayPal: however, the card does have to be registered at the address that you register with (electoral laws, etc.)...

You can join here...

DK

mark gardner said...

Worrying lack of foul language in last DK post.

Hope he's not going soft. I need a regular ration of fucktards, fuckwits, cunts, etc. to get me through the day ...

Oh yes, nearly forgot. Happy fucking New Year.

Michael said...

ChrisM, you can also create a PayPal account, provide your bank account details and pay that way.

And yeah Happy Birthday to LPUK and a Happy New Year to everyone.

ChrisM said...

Cheers Michael (great name btw, but much better as a surname ;-).

I don't like Pay Pal though, which is a totally shit excuse I know. So I have got off my ass and printed out the pdf. I'll do it 'old school' with stamps and cheques and that sort of stuff.

DavidNcl said...

Currently the LPUK is still committed to looting and redistribution - even to continuing the Pension Ponzi Scheme.

Statist cunts to a man. Come back when you believe in freedom.

Devil's Kitchen said...

No, David, we just believe in a softly-softly approach.

DK

DavidNcl said...

;)

CountingCats said...

And the Gold Coast branch meets where?

Francis W. Porretto said...

"...a political party that you cannot vote for is a little pointless, eh?"

Not necessarily. Many political organizations wield great influence with nothing but recommendations and endorsements.

Here in the US, politicians routinely scramble for the endorsement of even seemingly insignificant groups, because the political balance is tight enough to make even a few hundred votes the potential difference between victory and defeat -- especially in a county or state election. When a group starts putting up candidates of its own, it forfeits that sort of participation in favor of other hopes.

Britain's circumstances are not those of America, but it's still worth thinking about whether LPUK might have more influence by remaining off-ballot. Among other things, LPUSA didn't start having problems with fringe loonies until we started running candidates for office -- at which point the sane people started to leave the party in bunches.

Food for thought.

ChrisM said...

"Currently the LPUK is still committed to looting and redistribution - even to continuing the Pension Ponzi Scheme."

As best I know, so is every other party. Lets not make the perfect the enemy of the good.

Merseymike said...

I rather approve of the UKLP. It will take votes from the Tories alone.