Sunday, May 10, 2009

Those early election calls...

... have already started, with Douglas Carswell.
I'm starting to think we need an early election. No. I don't mean that in a "let's-challenge-Gordon-and-see-if-he's-got-the-bottle-ho-ho-ho" way.

I really mean it. In the sense that our Westminster system isn't working. In the sense that we need a fresh Parliament, with a new Speaker, and a mandate for far-reaching change. And we need a legislature that works, that isn't in the pocket of government—Labour or Conservative—and which does its job efffectively once again. And which answers to local voters, not party hierarchy.

How could a new Parliament restore dignity to our legislature and meaning to our democracy? Here's 30 ways to fix things. Here's a manifesto that would be popular, and bring us change. And, as I keep saying, it can all be done by an incoming government in 100 days.

Neither Labour nor Conservatives are going to adopt The Plan, Douglas, and nor are the LibDims. If you want it implemented—and a lot more besides—there is only one party with the balls to do it.

More importantly, it is a party that is uncompromised by "special relationships" within the Westminster bubble; it is the only party that does not take donations from businesses in return for legislative favours; it is the only party that is motivated by a desire to cut, drastically, the power and extent of Parliament: that party is the Libertarian Party.

And, given the current climate, your humble Devil is considering whether to stand as a candidate...

UPDATE: yes, I know that LPUK is small and unknown, but the mood is turning in our direction, as Freedom and Whiskey highlights.
But surely the British public, while being rightly angry about MPs' outrageous expense claims, still believes in the big state, does it not?.

For the first time that I can remember the answer may be no.
YouGov asked what people would like to see done about the government’s record borrowing and soaring debt. There was strong backing for the strategy adopted by the Canadian government in the 1990s, when it cut public spending by a fifth over four years; 54% said they would back such a policy and only 22% were opposed. A majority of Labour supporters backed this policy.
Overall, respondents said the burden of reducing government debt should come mainly through cuts in public spending rather than tax rises. Only 7% favoured a policy of solely raising taxes to close the black hole in the public finances.

Most Labour voters want a twenty per-cent cut in government spending! So what are we waiting for? When will "Call me Dave" acknowledge that Labour voters are correct? What about the Liberals (sic) and the SNP?

Maybe, just maybe...


Angry Exile said...

You'd have my vote. Fuck, if LPUK won I'd seriously consider getting on a plane and going back. I've developed a nasty feeling over the last year that our Prime Minister's political, economic and social wank fantasy is the same as Gordon & Co's. Australia's best hope is that people take notice of the state of the UK and kick the bastard out on his arse in 18 months.

Gendeau said...

Now is the time, if there is ever going to be a time.

Even if I find out Dave's gang is cleanish (yeah, yeah), I won't vote for him until I hear some policies.

Offer me a 'none of the above' option of someone willing to show himself cleaner than clean (foul language excepted), wants to roll back the state (and means it) my vote might go their way

Go On, I double dare you!

I'm not a speech and meeting person (probably like you), but even I'm wondering about it. But I'm not a suitable looking character...

Andrew said...

If you just give me the £500 now I'll be more than happy to 'look after' it for you...

Jon said...

You need to get fifty libertarians to take a tenner gamble you'll get more than five percent at 1 to 1 odds? :/

How many in party now?

two weeks average wage and three months of dole to stand as a candidate..

such is democracy!

will there be monopoly taxes to fund the welfare system after the libs sweep in? Or will they drop the silly no business funding rule?

being funded by business is fine - just be transparent about it and let it be judged accordingly :)

The Nameless Libertarian said...

You should stand. You're passionate about the party and the ideology, and in these times of cynical opportunism actually having someone standing for Parliament would be a unique thing.

The fact that you'd be standing for a party that actually morally right would be even better...

Paul said...

Erm, excuse me?

No-one in the real world has ever heard of the Libertarian Party.

I live in one of the strongest Tory seats in the UK and even here free-markets and liberty are never mentioned. The overriding ethos is of state control with a blue tinge to it. Whenever I mention free markets in a practical sense people look at me as though I have just took a dump on their carpet. UKIP will get a lot of votes because of their anti-EU stance but this is all superficial.

I fear that you lot are rather delusional. Unless you can convince people that statism is a bad thing you will never, ever get off the ground.

Who the hell apart from a few political geeks are going to read The Plan, for example? How many people do you know locally who can even recognise Hannan and Farage? Even among right-wing Thatcherites the idea of communitarianism is too deep.

I hate to break it to you and the LPUK as I think your policies are fairly sensible. No-one knows who you are and the moment you get recognise the spin machine will wipe you off the face of the planet.

Devil's Kitchen said...


To be fair, we have been going for less than two years, and our first year was spent building the foundations of the party...